In my very first post on this blog, I reused one from my photography site (broganbrown.com). I had done a major decluttering of the whole house in one weekend.
With spring starting to show itself and summer just around the corner, I thought it would be a good idea to go through my closet again and get rid of more stuff. I also imagine I will be going through and getting rid of even more before the year is up!
I'm sure that I'm not the only one who has stared at their closet full of clothes and had a meltdown because they had nothing to wear (especially if you were on time crunch to get ready). Once I decided to try and simplify my life, I realized I was okay with owning fewer clothes if they were ones I really enjoyed wearing. In doing so, it will make getting ready a whole lot easier.
This is the second time I have gone through my closet and I will walk you through how I decided what to keep.
Here is what our closet looked like before:
The green arrow is where my section starts.
Here is after:
Still, more in there than I would like. My plan now is to replace certain items with better quality ones and slowly get rid of a few things.
The first thing I did was take out all of my favourites. The things that I love to wear over and over again.
Next, I made a pile of clothes I haven't worn in a while whether it be because of the season or just because I don't choose them often. These are the items I needed to try on, see how they fit and how I feel in them.
That narrowed it down pretty quickly. The clothes that I still wasn't 100% sure I wanted to get rid of, went into a spare closet. If I think about any of the items in there, I'll bring it out. If not, then I'll chuck it next time I do a clean out.
My favourite tips for culling your wardrobe:
1. Quality over quantity.
One good pair of jeans is better than 20 pairs of jeans that will stretch out or rip after they are washed a few times. (a great jean tip is to not wash them everytime you wear them. Only wash them when they're dirty and always turn them outside out!)
2. Be true to you.
Think about how many times you are going to wear this item before you buy.
Does it fit your go-to style? Does it fit your lifestyle?
I have to remember this one the most when I'm shopping. Just because I find something cute, doesn't mean I have to buy it. I like off-the-shoulder tops, doesn't mean they look good on me or that I would ever wear one.
3. Think about where your clothes come from.
This is something I am just starting to do when I shop. I try to find out where they are made and what they are made of. I would like to purchase from more ethical brands but the only problem I'm having is that there aren't many around locally. If I want to do this, I will end up ordering online and unfortunately, that means I can't try on the product.
If anyone knows of local (NS/Canada) ethical brands, please comment them below!
4. Clothes don't have feelings.
There are some pieces of clothing you will feel bad about tossing. Gifts that you were given and rarely wore or wasn't your style. The people who gave them to you probably don't even remember. If they do, I'm sure that they will understand your reasons for getting rid of it. It's better to give the clothes to someone who will actually put them to use.
I always feel so much better after decluttering. It's nice to know where everything is!
What do you find the hardest about decluttering your closet?