Apr 1, 2015
I tend to shop....a lot. Sometimes I just shop to shop, sometimes I am on a mission to find a specific piece, but more often than not my closet is a disaster! There are just too many things in there and then I lose track of what I have worn, what is new and what's not, and I even forget the pieces that I have and end up buying a similar one. It's a real problem people! So I make it a point to clean out my closet regularly, but twice a year, usually spring and fall I do a huge re-do. My style is always evolving so my closet seems to morph into many different things, but once it gets too crazy I get completely overwhelmed by opening the door. Plus, I figure after having a baby there is no better time than to really get organized. Here is how I approach cleaning out my closet:
Get rid of anything that doesn't make you feel good- This could be things that don't fit, yes I just had a baby, and no not everything fits yet, but I know what fit me before my pregnancy and what didn't. Get rid of items that don't make you feel confident when you put them on. No sense in keeping anything that you really just don't feel like you look good in.
Get rid of things you haven't worn within a year- This one is huge for me! I tend to look at pieces in my closet that I bought when I worked at Anthropologie, or even Marciano, and think....this is such a great dress I know I will wear it. A year later it is still in my closet with the tags on. These are pieces that need to go! If you haven't worn it within a year, you probably won't be wearing it. *Side note: since the military dictates much of my closet based on where they put us geographically, I do keep things that can move with me. Jackets, boots, sweaters, and select dresses because I may not be able to wear them in Alaska but I could in Georgia. Still, I try to keep these things to a minimum.
Keep things you love right now- I often ask myself while going through hangers, "would I go out and buy this right now?" if the answer is no, then it gets tossed in the pile. If I really don't like it now why would I like it next spring? It is just taking up space...say bye bye bye!
No guilt trips- If there is one thing Chris and my family know not to buy me, it's clothing. Unless you have specifically seen it on a wishlist or bookmarked on my computer, don't even try. Ha! I am picky. With that being said, don't keep items just because someone bought them for you. Or they remind you of that one time at that one place with that one person, yet you have never worn it again! Toss it...make room for something else!
Don't keep clothes you wouldn't wear out of the house- I am not talking about your college sweatpants here, although I would keep those at a bare minimum. I am talking about things in your closet that again don't fit, might be stained, might be broken yet you have not taken the time to get them fixed. Things that you swore you would get tailored yet are still in the original condition. These can all go. If you wouldn't leave your house in it, don't leave it in your closet.
For me, I try to keep my "work out" clothes, and sweats to a slim few, that way I am less tempted to run around in those. One thing I struggled with when I first became a stay at home mom was my sense of sparkle. I put less effort into my appearance because I thought, who cares, no one sees me anyway. But I wasn't happy that way. I didn't want my husband to always come home to a woman who looked like a troll under a bridge. Does it happen? Yes! But, I feel better during the day when I get dressed, swipe on some lipstick, and if children permit maybe even shower!
So, now you have this huge pile of stuff. What to do? If they are pieces with tags on them, or even gently used items, sell them! Find your local consignment store, open a different instagram account, list them on Poshmark, you got options my friends.
Donate, or swap items. I am always dropping off stuff at Goodwill, or Salvation Army. My stuff, the kids stuff, toys, you name it. Donate it. And once you have gone through the pile and there are items that didn't make it into a new pile, trash it! Don't hesitate...just throw it out.
April closet clean outs, bring new items in May! That's how the saying goes right?