Moving house is the ideal time to learn to say good-bye. Who wants to sweat and/or pay movers to carry unwanted stuff to your new, freshly emptied out house? If only saying goodbye were easier though . . . .
Here are some closet editing strategies I’ve been using, and that might help you in your next closet clean-out. And please share your own in the comments:
1. Hold your clothing, piece by piece, in strong light, and with your glasses on. Here’s where you’ll find pilling, small holes, or fading that makes the piece less-than-wonderful. I only want to wearing wonderful things, don’t you?
2. Imagine your style going forward without the piece in question. What if I didn’t own this like-it-but-don’t-love it denim skirt? What would I wear instead? And maybe I need to shop for a just-right denim skirt that I’m excited to wear. Life is short, wear the best clothes.
3. Ask a trusted friend. I made a pile of not-sure pieces to review with my baby sister. Tees, skirts, and dresses I have worn but not felt great in. Coincidentally(?) my sister is close to my size, so some pieces went happily home with her, and others got donated after an objective critique. Kristie noted that too many of my tops were boxy and oversized, and she was right.
4. I keep these hand-lettered quotes in my closet: “This is not enhancing me as much as it could,” and “This can be easily replaced.” Most clothing is not valuable (exceptions apply, see below) and can be replaced with just a little time and money. The mountain of donated clothing at the thrift where I volunteer reinforces this idea: there are plenty of clothes in the world!
5. Imagine someone else loving it and wearing it with joy. When I saw one of my striped tees on my sister, I thought “She looks so cute wearing that!” and when I wore it, I felt just OK. Maybe your clothes need to find new masters, for the greater joy of everyone.
I still have tons of clothes – over 100 pieces total, not counting underthings and shoes – so I won’t be racing around in my yoga capris every day. How do you make your closet clean-out decisions?
Some pieces are always welcome:
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