|I taped my rules to my full-length mirror so I would be forced to keep them in mind.|
Because I like guiding questions (maybe it's the teacher in me), below are mine. I read (too) many articles about cleaning out a wardrobe and these are the ones that stuck with me.
1. Would I buy this now?
2. Does this fit?
3. Do I wear this? If no, why not?
4. Is this old/worn out?
I should give a bit of background. I'm not a clothes hoarder. In fact, I regularly purge my closet. However over the last two years I've lost some weight and gone down several clothing sizes. I've been trying to avoid buying a lot of new clothes as I'm still not at the size I want to be so I've been wearing a lot of clothes that are too big and don't fit properly. When it gets big to the point that it's falling off, I get rid of it but I've been limping along some items that should have gone a while ago.
|Empty hangers mean I accomplished what I'd hoped: own less clothes.|
To start the great closet clean out, I went through my closet, pulled out things that I knew had to go, and separated them into piles (for a friend, donate, trash). That was the easy part.
Next I went back through and was more selective; I tried on every piece that was still in my closet. Every. Piece. Well, except socks and undergarments. Most of the time, once I had a piece on I knew whether it should go back in the closet or into one of the piles. There were a few pieces that were challenging, but I was ruthless.
|My pile for a friend was the biggest of the three piles leaving my house.|
It's sad to me that I had so much clothes that I wasn't wearing. No wonder I could never find something that felt comfortable and looked good. Now comes the hard part - not filling it up again.
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