When you live a life that is contrary to what you truly value…well…that is a heavy weight to bear. And up until now, I had been bearing a heavy weight by hanging onto clothes that I no longer loved or needed. It was time…time for me to tackle my closet once and for all!
I have been downsizing my closet slowly over the past few years, ever since I started embracing a simple life. I love the idea of having a capsule wardrobe. It is something that I really value. But for some reason I was still hanging onto clothes that I rarely wore or that I only wore because I felt guilty for not wearing them, but that I really didn’t like that much.
In fact, just the other day I wore an outfit that I simply felt ugly in. I was self-conscious the entire time. Why was I holding onto something like that? Why was I choosing to wear clothes on a regular basis that made me feel just mediocre?
Our clothes should make us feel great! They should give us confidence. Anything less is not worth keeping, even if this means having a small wardrobe. I now feel it is much better to have a small wardrobe with just a few garments but all things I love and feel amazing in, rather than an overflowing wardrobe full of things that are all “just ok.”
It was time to start living in harmony with what I truly valued.
For the Wardrobe Architect 2015 Challenge, February is focused on clearing out your closet and it couldn’t have come at a better time for me. I tackled my closet and finally said goodbye to the things I was hanging onto that needed to go.
If you are participating in this challenge, or are just interested in downsizing your wardrobe, you may have found that this isn’t the easiest thing to do. So I would like to share with you my experience and some tips I’ve learned to help inspire you.
So are you ready? Lets get started!
Find Your Core Style
The very first thing you should do before you even start going through your clothes is to figure out your core style. If you are doing the Wardrobe Architect Challenge like me, then you know all about this, and if you are not then I highly recommend the resources here for finding your core style.
Finding your core style is a very important first step because, sadly, many of us have been influenced by current trends, thus creating a wardrobe that is kind of all over the place. Before you can start clearing things out, its good to have a clear idea of your core style. It will make the whole process much easier.
I would recommend looking at specific items that you own that you love and wear all the time and evaluating what exactly it is about that item that you love. Write it down and be specific. Is it because it’s comfortable or is it the particular style? Then do the same thing with items that you never wear or that you don’t like when you do wear them. Be specific of what it is that you don’t like about that garment.
You will start to see what you like and what you don’t like and could summarize your style into words. Then I would recommend looking up images that represent your core style. I used Pinterest but you could also cut out images. I also explored the different shapes/styles I liked and made sets in Polyvore. I recommend doing this as having these visuals can come in handy when you finally go through your wardrobe, especially when you find yourself having a hard time letting go of certain pieces for sentimental reasons.
Once you have really explored and defined your core style then you are ready to tackle your closet.
Clearing Out Your Closet
- First, I would recommend taking everything out of your closet. If you have a huge wardrobe then break it up into sections, but take whatever you are working on at that time out of the closet. I threw all of my clothes on the bed.
- Now, pick up each piece and ask yourself, “Is it a piece that I love that is a definite keeper?” If it is, good, then put it back into your closet.
- If you know right away it’s something you do not want to keep then put it into your donate pile.
- If it’s something you are on the fence about and you find yourself hesitating, then put it into your maybe pile.
- Do this with every piece until you have gone through them all. Don’t take a long time evaluating each piece. It’s either a definite keeper, a definite non contender, or a maybe.
You will probably find at this point that you have a very large maybe pile compared to your donate pile or what is in your closet. That is ok. But this is where the hard part comes in. Now it’s time to really evaluate those maybe items. Here are some things you can ask yourself:
- “Why am I wanting to hang on to this?”
- “Does it really fit into my core style?”
- “Do I already own something similar?”
- “Is it in good condition?”
- “Is it a shape/style I like?”
Or I found that the one question that helped me with really knowing if it was something I should keep was: Continue reading