“Think of your closet as valuable real estate. Don’t let items linger without paying rent. If you don’t wear it or love it, evict it.” – unclutteredsimplicity.com
Once you’ve given yourself and your wardrobe direction (if you missed the first planning post, hop over and read it here), you’re ready to go through your current clothing.
To start, set that list aside and go through your wardrobe pulling items that:
- Don’t fit
- Are ripped, stained, missing buttons, etc.
- Are uncomfortable
- You love to look at but don’t love to wear
- You haven’t worn in the last year
Be brutally honest in this step. If there’s any doubt or hesitation about wearing it again, remove it. Once you’ve removed those pieces, make three sections:
- Second chances
Take stock of what you have and make some tough decisions. Pieces that are more worn, place in the donate pile. Pieces that are still in good condition but just haven’t worked for you, put in the sell pile. Pieces that have some issues or that you haven’t worn in a long time but would still like to try can go in the second chance pile. Put all of these aside and go through your closet again. This time look for pieces that fit the mold of what you’ve planned using your Pinterest boards.
So like we said before, what pieces work with the following stipulations:
Whatever those may be for you, take note of what you have and see if it fits in with those new ideals. If not, be honest and ask yourself if you really love the item and if you want to work to make it fit in for the future. If not, it’s time to let it go.
Let’s take a minute and address the “second chances” pile again. This can be a clutter starter if you’re not careful. So what you need to do is first, make an area on your closet that is specifically designated for these pieces. Make it somewhere that you’ll see easily. Whether it’s hung at the front of your rail or folded neatly on a shelf at eye level. Your new rule is this: you must wear the pieces within a month of the clearout. If you come to your monthly check in and haven’t worn it yet, it’s time to let it go. Good intentions do not build a wardrobe! If a piece just isn’t working for your current lifestyle, let it go to someone who will be able to value and use it. Second, take those pieces that need some help whether it be a new button, a new hem, boots that need to be stretched or polished and put them all in a box. Remove that box from your space and make plans for these items. If they’re pieces that you can fix yourself, schedule a day to sew buttons and tears while watching TV one night. If they’re pieces that need extensive alterations, give your local seamstress or cobbler a visit that week and get them going. You can have a piece altered for around $10-$30 depending on the fix and shoes resoled from around $40 and stretched for around $20. If it’s not worth the time or money to get these pieces fixed, then it’s time to let them go.
If you’re anything like me, you’re going to have a massive pile of beautiful clothes that are from great brands that seem too nice to simply donate. You’re worried about the money you’ve put into them and don’t want to lose out by just bagging them up and saying a final farewell. That’s completely normal and actually a good thing to think about. Sometimes stewardship doesn’t mean just taking care of items that you hold on to but also putting effort into restoring money when you’ve made a wardrobe error. What I would recommend is deciding how you want to sell your items. eBay used to be a great resource, but with social media, it’s become a lot easier to set up pop up shops. Poshmark is the perfect resource for long term sellers! You can set up your shop in just minutes and it requires very little upkeep. Another great resource is using a separate Instagram account to post items you have for sale. Again, it doesn’t take long and it’s relatively painless to work with. Once your shop is set up, make sure you’re setting aside your earnings for when you’re ready to purchase new items! It will feel great to go on a small spree without having to empty your current bank account. Just like the “second chance” pile. Make sure you’re actively working on selling these pieces. If they just sit in a different closet for 6 months, they’re still not doing you any good. Be proactive. This will get easier once you start to see money trickle in from sales.
Lastly, get those items that are leaving out of the house. Do it immediately. Otherwise, they’ll sit around, attract other clutter and eventually entice you into keeping them. It’s extremely rare that I get rid of items that I regret. It’s only happened twice and both times I’ve been able to find the item again through a resale site and repurchase. So if you’re on the fence about something, just let it go. I’ve found dropping clothes off in donation bins to be the best option for me because I can put the bags in my car and just stop at the first one I see on my next trip out. I don’t have to make a special trip during specific hours depending on a store’s availability. I can put it in the car and know that the next time I’m out, I can just stop and take 10 seconds to toss the bags into the bin.
That’s it. This is the tough part. I know that some of you will sit on the floor clutching t shirts and flared jeans from high school and college. I know because I’ve been there. But just know, there’s a certain amount of freedom that comes from being honest about the clothes you’re storing in your home. And let’s be really honest, it feels really good to transition to the next step- planning your new purchases!
Until next time!