One of my duties as a former elementary school librarian was to weed sections of the library annually. It literally means getting rid of books that are old, damaged, or unattractive to students. You may cringe at the idea of removing books, but shelf space is prime real estate for new and current materials. A slimmer library means students have greater access to books because crowded shelves can lead to frustration, wasted time and possibly not getting anything at all.
You might have the same feelings when you look in your wardrobe closet. You can’t find anything, but you know it’s in there somewhere. You tell yourself that you will clean it out someday, but that someday never comes. My strategies for weeding a library might help you trim down that closet and come out a winner.
When you have finished weeding your closet, take a look at what you have accomplished in your closet and pat yourself on the back for a job well done. It isn’t easy to part with old favorites but think of all the new favorites to shop for in the future. Weeding sounds drastic but tough love can bring about sweet results.
Published as Weed That Closet by J.B. Broy in the compilation Welcome to Spring Cleaning
of House and Heart. Spring 2014. SchoolhouseTeachers.com.