Hey there, I haven’t shared my clothes purge wisdom with you in 5 years and as I was staring at my own closet and clothes I realized I needed to take my own advice. So I dug this post up for myself and then thought maybe you might need the reminder again as well. And if you’re reading this for the first time, I hope you will appreciate my straight forward tell it like it is approach. Sometimes we all need a
little big kick in the pants, myself included, to motivate us to tackle an undesirable task. Yep I would definitely count going through my clothes and having to make tough decisions an undesirable task. How about you? Thankfully these 11 tough love points below make for a very successful clothes purge if you follow them.
Now don’t be disappointed that this isn’t a post on how to organize all your clothes just so you can avoid making any of those hard decisions. Nope we’ll get to that in a different post, but for today we need to PURGE! You can’t put it off any longer. I can guarantee every single person reading this post has at least three things in their closet right now that they don’t wear or love. How many times do you hear yourself say “I don’t have anything to wear” when you have a closet full of clothes? What you really mean to say is that you don’t have any clothes that can be made into “outfits”. This is definitely a problem for me. I often buy tops and bottoms at different times and then get confused when I can’t make any of them work together.
So here’s what I suggest to help combat that, especially if you aren’t a fashionista. I am definitely not. Once you’ve done a clothes purge using the rules outlined below, then take some time to put together at least five outfits (including accessories) that give you a strut in your step. You know the one, the one that makes you feel like oh ya baby I’ve still got it going on :). Then make a list of detailed items that you might still need to complete the looks. Take pictures to color match if you need to. Then when you are out shopping you can easily reference your list and make an intentional purchase. Or always try to buy “outfits” when you shop. This is what I try to do more often now and it takes the pressure off knowing I always have something to wear in my closet that works.
Okay, let’s jump in!
11 Rules for a Successful Clothes Purge:
1. If you haven’t worn something in a year then out it goes regardless of condition, price or size. Why a year? Because you cover every season in that period of time. If you haven’t worn it during the year, you probably never will.
2. If you have a piece of clothing that you wear but are annoyed with it every time you do, seriously stop it.
3. If it’s waiting to be mended and it’s been waiting for a long time then enough is enough already.
4. If you hate to iron and your ironing pile sits there totally neglected while you wear all your favorite clothing over and over again, why do you still have an ironing pile?
5. I’m not opposed to keeping “skinny” clothes (we all do it) but for goodness sakes you don’t need to keep all of it. Styles change, your tastes change, your body shape changes so chances are good that when you get back to that size you’re going to want new stuff anyway.
6. If you absolutely love a shirt but never wear it because you have nothing to wear it with, well guess what, a mate isn’t going to magically appear in the night. Follow the one year rule.
7. Sentimental clothes that you aren’t wearing shouldn’t reside in your closet. Either take a picture of it and preserve the memory. Or limit yourself to one tote of “clothes to show my kids so they can laugh their heads off at me someday”.
8. Don’t hang onto something that is “just alright” for “just in case” because you don’t have something better yet to replace it. If you don’t love it, you’ll only feel awkward and uncomfortable wearing it. Let it go now unless of course it means you go naked, that wouldn’t be right.
9. You don’t have to do it all at once. Try organizing in stages and be motivated by your success. One day you could do shirts, the next day shorts, etc..
10. Try everything on. This one I can’t stress enough. Do not hold something up and say oh this is so beautiful I’m going to keep it. That’s too easy and what you might not remember is that, although it’s beautiful, the buttons gape at the front showing off your woman parts. Nope we don’t want that now do we? Get rid of it.
11. You only have the space that you do. Jamming your clothes into the closet and fighting with them every single day to find what you need won’t make your closet grow in the night. It will only make you grumpy…every single day. It’s not worth it. Purge until it fits!
And if you want to frame these rules as a constant reminder, here is a copy for you. Print it out and stash away in your closet if you need to :). Click on the link below for the PDF file.
Hope that helps you achieve a successful clothes purge soon!!! Share your purge pile with me on Instagram, I’ve love to see it and hoot and holler along with you 🙂 Something like that is worth celebrating for sure!