Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Purging ~ What Does Your Closet Say About You?

Imagine me, standing in my closet on a Sunday morning evaluating what to wear that day. As I stood there, I start thinking why do I have so many clothes? When I start to look at everything, I start to hear voices in my head. Hold on, not crazy voices. I literally thought, what if Stacy and Clinton from the show What Not To Wear were standing with me. What would THEY have to say about my closet? What if my BFFs were also standing in my closet, what would they have to say about my clothes? I have no idea why, I also flash in my head to the show Hoarders, good Lord I look almost like an organized clothing hoarder!

I'm pretty sure I am not a hoarder but I am not sure why I have had so many clothes in my closet. As I start to go rummage through my closet, I start to evaluate the clothing piece by piece.

Ahh yes, my "I love the 60's" dress area with my collection of retro dresses. Clearly they were part of a phase of who I was at one time, probably a year ago. But now? Not so much. I grab the 5 dresses and put them in a pile. Clearly, I have a dress obsession and I start to stumble upon dresses that include dressy for church and Maxi for comfort. While I loved them then, I do not love them now, so into the pile they go.

As I continue down to the end, I am on fire. In my head, I have a checklist I go over for every piece of clothing:

  • Do I LOVE this?
  • When did I last wear this?
  • When will I wear this again?
  • Does this reflect what my style is today?
  • What would my BFF say about this outfit on me?
  • Do I already own something similar?
  • Is it a good fit?
  • Is there a condition to this piece of clothing (such as do I have to wear something over it, how often would I wear that outfit etc)?
An hour later, I am down 45! 45 pieces of clothing are gone, all bagged up and ready to go to Goodwill! Also, I can donate all the extra hangers to Goodwill as well! It felt good to skim down my closet, I no longer have to stand there and rummage through so much clothing. It felt good to get rid of clothing that doesn't reflect my style today and of course also donating to Goodwill is a great feeling too!

When is the last time you did a good purge on your closet?

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