A Closet Purge & a New Plan

28 Oct

I have way too many clothes.

Actually, I should amend that sentence… I have way too many clothes that I don’t wear.

Even though, I do a bit of a clothing purge when I switch my closet over for each season (twice a year) somehow I have a big ol’ pile of clothes that I keep packing up, unpacking, never wearing and then packing up again.

I’m so over it.

Part of what I’ve learned over the past year of using Stitch Fix is to only buy what I love. In order to pass my tests, I have to not only love each item, but it has to go with stuff already in my closet AND it has to make me feel pretty great about myself. This new way of shopping has really helped me avoid that ‘fast fashion’ and clothes that I buy because they’re on sale… only to never really like wearing them.

Unfortunately, I still have a bunch of clothes that I bought BEFORE I learned that… so what to do?

Well, I’m getting rid of them all.

Here’s my closet before I started cleaning it out.

closet - before

It’s PACKED and it doesn’t even contain any of my winter clothes. Many of the items have been in there since spring and I never even wore them at all. I like my shoe organizers, but they are so low I can’t really find what I’m looking for, so I just keep wearing the same few pairs over and over again.

I decided that instead of just pulling out a few things and throwing in my winter stuff, I’d start fresh.

closet - empty

Yup, I took every darn thing out of that closet. The shoe shelves were still bothering me though, so I tried a few different configurations and ended up with this.

closet - stacked shoe organizers

It was dangerous as heck though – especially because Jack likes to poke around in my closet – so I secured the top two organizers to the wall with these Safety 1st Furniture Wall Straps. Luckily I had a couple left over from when I childproofed the house. The cubbies are off center because there is a bar in the middle that is just a little bit lower than the top organizer. It works though, because it divides the closet into two areas. You can’t really see it, but there is a couple feet of space to the left of the cubbies.

Oh, and here is what the rest of the room looked like:

closet - the mess

I purged pretty relentlessly this time. Out of 10 pairs of black work pants, I cut it down to just the three that really fit me well. So now, instead of pulling them all out to figure out what pair is which, I can actually just grab any of them. I also got rid of a bunch of ill-fitting dresses, a few skirts and a TON of tops that either didn’t fit right, looked kind of worn, or just didn’t make my heart pitter-patter.

RELENTLESS purging for the WIN!

Next, I went through the mountain of unwanted clothes and organized them into three piles: trash, a Goodwill donation, and the nice stuff to go to Twice {If you want to try them out, you can use my special referral link to earn an extra $10}. I ended up with two huge trash bags full to take to Goodwill, so I’ll be getting a receipt to write that off my taxes. I also have a large pile for Twice, but I need to wait until I get a bigger box so I can send it all in!

Here’s my pretty impressive “after” picture:

closet - after

To the left of the shoe organizers I have my blazers, jeans, and a belt/scarf organizer (from my Ikea trip last week). My statement necklaces are on hooks on the back wall. To the right of the organizer, I have my blouses, sweaters, skirts, pants and dresses.

Although this is a great start, I still have WAY too many clothes. I know for a fact that I don’t love every single piece of clothing in this picture.

So my next goal is to try and wear everything in my closet, instead of just the five items in the front.

At the end of the day of wearing an item I’m going to give myself a little quiz:

  • At any time throughout the day did I feel uncomfortable because of the item’s fit?
  • After a full day of work, do I feel messy, disheveled or super wrinkly?
  • For work clothes, do I feel like I look nice and professional?

If the clothing doesn’t pass the test, it goes in the laundry basket to the left (there is a small one hidden back there), and will be leaving the house by way of Twice or Goodwill.

If you follow me on Instagram, I’m planning to take pictures of each “new” outfit and will be hash-tagging them with #thejoulespurge. If you’d like to play along and purge your own closet, feel free to join in on the hashtag fun!

My hopes are that within a couple months I’ll be left with a wardrobe that I love. Even if I’m left with just a couple dozen items when I’m done, at least those items will make me feel good about myself! Also, by selling my clothes to Twice, I’ll have a little extra cash to go out and buy what I really need… like maybe that pair of Frye boots that I’ve been drooling over!

Do you do a regular closet purge? How do you decide whether to keep or toss an item? Do you want to join in on #thejoulespurge with me?

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