I have been doing some major closet cleaning lately. I haven’t been able to carve out time to completely dedicate myself to this, so I have been slowly working on it. I took some pieces to a consignment shop last week, have a bag of pieces to take to another shop, am gathering pieces to sell on eBay, and am working on my bag of junk to be taken to Goodwill. I have felt the need to get rid of clothing. Lots of clothing. A couple of months ago I had a little over 100 dresses, and I am trying to get it down to around 30 or 40. If I don’t love it fully and completely, it has no place in my wardrobe. I am also really craving a small, extremely edited wardrobe. The excess in my closet is annoying me and I am doing something about it. If you are cleaning out your wardrobe, here are a few tips:
1. If you can’t dedicate an afternoon to it, tackle chunks at a time. In 30 minutes you can sift through your tops and pull out the ones you don’t love.
2. If you don’t love it, get rid of it. Seriously.
3. Try everything on. If it doesn’t fit you perfectly, but you love it , throw it in a pile and take it the tailor. A tailor can do wonders for your wardrobe.
4. If you haven’t worn it in a year, get rid of it. Exceptions: cocktail dresses and a few nostalgic pieces. I also keep designer handbags that I do really love, but haven’t used in a while, but feel free to sell these.
5. If pieces are too small, put them in a special section of your closet, away from your clothes that do fit, and give yourself a deadline. If they still don’t fit in 3/6/9 months (whatever you are comfortable with), get rid of them. It never feels good to stare at clothes that don’t fit.
6. There are going to be pieces you are on the fence about. Put those in a box/bag/somewhere and revisit them in a month. If you are excited when you pull them out a month later, keep them. If you find when you pull them out that you didn’t miss those pieces, get rid of them.
7. Remember, they are just clothes.
Any tips you would like to share?