Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Getting it Together 2013: The Closet Evolution and a Wardrobe Purge


For years I've been forced any and all closets in my apartments for art project or merchandise storage. I worked hard at it to clear out and get my closet back at the start of this year and got rid of as much clothing as possible. Now everything I own to hear is hanging in one closet and easy to access. I can see it all at a glance and appreciate how less is more. It's easier to put outfits together when you own only your best.


I used this thought process to separate feelings and purge my wardrobe. I was brutal and effective  don't let emotion get in the way of a good clothing purge!

Doesn't fit? Donate it! (Don't wait until you "lose weight" again, to the thrifts with it!)
Don't "feel right" in it? Donate!
Don't like that color on me? DONATE!
Don't wear it anymore? DONATE!
Doesn't make me feel AWESOME when I wear it? DONATE!
I liked this in high school but don't wear it anymore... DONATE! 
Doesn't fit quite right...DONATE!
Not clothing or bedding related? Get it out of the bedroom closet!
Work clothes I no longer need or wear? DONATE!
But it was a gift! BITCH, DONATE IT!

And so the thrift stores received a huge donate or pretty clothes I just don't wear anymore and in return I have a normal closet and I can see the floor! This has been my theme with  my home purge this year, keeping only what I use, and only the best. There's no room for anything else.

What thought process do you go through for a purge? There may be a level one or two Hoarder lurking within us, let's defeat it and reclaim our closets this year!
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19 comments:

  1. "But it was a gift! BITCH, DONATE IT!"

    I chuckled :)

    I have been meaning to purge my closet as well. TOO MANY CLOTHES. I keep telling myself that I'm gonna go through it and see if I can bring anything to the consignment store, but really, when am I going to do that? Time to purge!

    Take care, Van :)

    -Dani

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    1. Good luck with the purging. I had too much damn clothes, it's much easier with a lot less hanging in there!

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    2. Took your advice, purged my closet of clothes, and made $35 from selling to Plato's Closet :) Now, I have room for stuff I'm actually going to wear, and I have a little cash in zeh pocket!

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  2. We did this a couple weeks ago; men are worse then us girls, I think, about getting rid of clothes so we did it together and unloaded a lot. Feels good!

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    1. It definitely feels good! It's hard to let go of some things but we don't miss them when they're gone.

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  3. Yes, so need to do this as well. I reached for a favorite wool sweater this morning (it is crazy cold here in Maine today) and behind the sweater I found two small Christmas gifts I had hidden away from the kids. I wonder what else I will find when I take everything out...shudder...

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    1. I haven't seen my whole closet floor since...eh, probably since I moved in here nearly a year ago. It's a good time for change for the better!

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  4. "The closet is too damn full!"

    That's what Jimmy McMillan said about your 'before' closet :)

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    1. Yes indeed! :D Too funny! And though it's hard to tell it has less clothes in it than the before picture, it was all just stuffed to the side.

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  5. I've been feeling the urge to purge lately too. I have soooo much merchandise and I just can't sell online like I used to due to time constraints of our business. That's one reason I wanted to get an antique mall booth. I have some really awesome stuff to sell but I'm tired of it cluttering up our two bedroom townhome. Bleh! We are going to start the process of buying a house soon, and I'm hoping it will have space somewhere for merch storage so I can get back into selling when I have more time. I like your list though, good things to think about when going through stuff!! :)

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    1. I feel your pain, merchandise was threatening to take over until my BF offered me a room in his house to store things. I continue to purge, put things on clearance, and NOT bring in more stuff while I continue to navigate what I'll do with the surplus! 'Tis the life of a retailer working out of the house. So...much...stuff...

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  6. Can i hire you to stand next to me and motivate? You can even tell me Bitch Donate It! lol.
    My closet looks a lot like your before picture. I confidently started on it last week. Took out one bag of fabrics, got distracted and motivation to purge changed in to motivation to sew. uhoh...

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    1. Organizing the crafting supplies is so hard, that's my next pile to tackle. Good luck! Wish I really could be there to motivate and get distracted by your piles of inevitably cute fabric. :)

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  7. I did some purging a few months back and it felt great! Now I need to go through my work wardrobe and get rid of that stuff. I keep hanging onto it, thinking I might go back to a 9-5 someday. Fat chance- I hated that when I did it and don't know why I'm still keeping the uniform for it. I'm gonna get rid of it and be telling myself the whole time, "Bitch, DONATE IT!" :)

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    1. That's what I had to do, and there's probably still some stuff lingering from the 9-5 that needs to GO. We don't want it hanging around tempting us to go back to work we hated!

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  8. I just stumbled on your blog as I am in the process of purging and wanting to get rid of more. The photo of your closet is inspiring! Your 'before' photo is similar to what I'm dealing with right now. Thanks for the inspiration!

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