Over the last year I tried to get rid of a ton of clothes and I did. Jeans, blouses, tees, dresses, shoes you name it I got rid of it. Garbage bags of clothes left my closet and drawers. During the process I was trying to get down to a certain number of clothing pieces. I never had a real number in place, but I knew it needed to be less than half of what I had owned.However, I realized quickly how much I love different styles. I love patterns, I love solid colors, I love having choices of jeans to wear. I have multiple boots, sandals and flats. And I wear them. Maybe not every month, but they get worn.
No one really talks about the other side of purging your closet. Regret. So here's some things I learned about myself and my closet.....
1. Get rid of clothes you DON'T wear. If you realize you haven't worn that sweater in the back of your closet in over one year it goes. Those jeans from high school that you totally one day know you'll wear again? Get rid of them. Holes (besides ripped holes in jeans that are meant to be there) and clothes that just can't be repaired go.
2. Don't necessarily get rid of Seasonal clothes in a different Season. Since being back in the Pacific NW I kind of forgot that there are four Seasons. In Florida you have Summer and then a cool month and then it's Summer again. Literally it's tanks and shorts all the time, so I forgot that I needed to have an array of sweaters, long sleeve shirts and boots for Fall and Winter...and into Spring. I had to buy more because I just didn't have enough to last. Looking back at some of the warmer clothes I got rid of (during the hot months to make room for my tanks) I wish I would have kept them and put them in a bin until I needed them again. I realized that when I'm going to be getting rid of Seasonal clothes I should do it in that Season.
4. Intentional clothes buying. Once you go through a purging process you can start to see what clothes you're needing. It seems a bit weird getting rid of clothes to just turn around and buy more, but by getting all the clothes you're not wearing out of your closet you'll see what you're really missing. For instance, I realized right away I didn't have a white button up, a solid gray t shirt or white t shirt. I also realized I have mostly gray, black and tan shirts. To make sure I was buying clothes that I knew I would love and wear I started a clothing list! (more on that later) This helps me when I purchase items I don't have and want while purchasing "upgraded" options of shirts I really love.
Have you purged your closet before? Did it help or did you have clothes tossing remorse?