Recently I made a rash decision and started cleaning out my closet
I was struggling to get dressed quickly in the mornings for work. I was tired of not having clothes that went together. I was annoyed at clothes that were too small taking up space. I wanted a cohesive closet that would make getting dressed much easier. My style was too eclectic and nothing ever seemed to look right.
So clothes got tossed.
I didn’t even bother folding them neatly. I pulled them off the hanger and tossed them on the bedroom floor. I needed to do this. I wanted it done sooner rather than later.
What were my guidelines when deciding what stays and what goes? I had a few very simple ways to decide:
- For the current season, if I haven’t worn it in three months.
- For next season, if I didn’t wear it during last winter.
- Anything that was too big, small, long or short.
- Anything that was no longer my style.
- Anything that was too sheer.
- And anything that doesn’t go with my other clothes.
I made the conscious decision to move my style in one direction. I am drawn to rock n roll and boho styles. My wardrobe was becoming a mess of random pieces from genre. I decided I love the rock n roll style more and am paring down my wardrobe to those pieces. I saved a few boho pieces that fit in with a more rock n roll style but the rest were tossed. Now when I shop, I have a single style in mind and I know if I stick to my color palette and patterns that everything will go with each other.
I decided to get rid of anything that doesn’t fit right now. I am trying to lose weight but there is no guarantee I will (or how long it will take). It gets depressing looking at clothes that are too small just hanging in my closet. Also, items that are too big don’t do anything to make me look good so they had to go as well. I want to look good in my clothes. I want to be confident when I walk down the street.
I want to be my bad ass self.
What will I do with all my old clothes? I will have Goodwill come and pick them up. Just because I no longer get joy from these pieces doesn’t mean someone else won’t.
I find that less clutter makes me happier and stress less. It is so much less stressful to be able to get dressed quickly and easily for work, which leaves a few more minutes to sleep or workout or just relax.
And being happier with my wardrobe makes me more confident.
Have you cleaned out your closet lately? If so, how do you decide what stays or goes?
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