I thought it would be good to do this part over a weekend, and I think it’s great to do it with a fresh perspective on what you actually wore, but I’m giving you a heads up that it’s a time-intensive process. When you have a spare hour or three, do the following inventory.
Saturday-Monday: What Else is in my Closet?
-Take stock of what you have. Try to get all of your clothes in one place. Coats in the closet downstairs? Bring them to your bedroom. Remember things you have in storage, and get them out to look at them.
-Sort. Tops, pants, dresses, shirts, coats, skirt, sweaters, bathing suits, etc. We’ll all have different categories, and I know we have people from different climates. So, not everyone will have a “sweater” pile. That’s ok.
-JOY! Get rid of things you don’t like. Keep things you do like. Fit, frequency of wear, color repeats and quantity DO NOT matter.
This process might look a bit familiar to people who have read “The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up” by Marie Kondo. While her book can seem a bit kooky, I absolutely stand behind her criteria for keeping and getting rid of an item: “Does it bring joy?” I want to dive into what it means when we talk about clothes.
There are all sorts of arbitrary rules out there about what kind of clothing you should have. Some experts say “Two weeks worth”, or maybe someone says you shouldn’t have more than three jackets. Other people claim that if you haven’t worn it in 6 months, it should be donated or trashed. Some give recommendations about color balance.
There is no way those rules would ever work for me, and I don’t think they work for anyone else. I had a baby last year, so there were A LOT of clothes I couldn’t wear for 6 months or more, and now I have a bunch of expensive maternity clothing that I won’t wear until the next baby. Believe you me, I’m not throwing it out! Fit is important in clothing- obviously, as we have a whole Facebook group about this topic- but sometimes you love something, just absolutely love it, and it doesn’t fit quite right at the moment. That’s ok. If you truly love the garment, keep it. If it never made you feel good, don’t keep it.
I also don’t believe in random quantity/color recommendations. Keep the stuff you like, and fill in any gap you see. Maybe, after all is said and done, you wish you had a neutral jacket. Ok! Now you can put something on your list! But there are some of us who don’t want and will never need a neutral jacket. Basically, throw any of those rules out the window, and keep stuff you like. You’ll end up wearing what you really like anyway, and cutting down on the volume of clothes you own will make it easier to organize and care for them.
You might not get rid of ANYTHING! Like all your stuff? Cool! Don’t get rid of it. But, it’s good to familiarize yourself with your wardrobe!
Ok, so you’ve gathered and sorted and figured out the joy-factor on your clothes. The next step would step would be to make a “donate” pile of all the clothing you’re going to part with. Take it to your local charity shop or use it as rags.
BUT, I’m throwing in something that Marie Kondo may or may not approve of. Definitely make a “Mend or Modify” pile. We are stitchers- are we not? I know from our selfie challenge that we all thrift items that might not fit just right, or that we buy pants that are too long and we have plans to hem them.
The next part of this challenge will be to put in place a plan for mending, modifying, and making new garments!
Over on the FB Group, I’ve posted a few photo prompts- I’d love to see your PILES OF CLOTHES!