A closet full of clothes, but nothing to wear.
That’s the pradicament that I have found myself in countless times over the past year or so. As I get older, I find myself defining my sense of style and evolving it into something more sophisticated. Suddenly, spending $50 on a shirt doesn’t seem as foreign and ridiculous as it did to me about two years ago. In saying that, I held on to a lot of those ‘this is okay, but it’s only $8!’ shirts for way too long. Therefore, I had a closet filled to the brim with clothes that I never wore.
I decided last weekend I would tackle it. I unfortunately do not have any ‘before’ pictures because it was a VERY spur of the moment decision – but I’m SO happy I did it!
Here’s what my closet looks like now:
It seems odd, but even though I got rid of over two full garbage bags of clothes, I feel like I have more selection to choose from.
Here’s how I did it:
Ignore Nostalgia/Sentiment: This is tough, no doubt… but is keeping every single t-shirt from high school really necessary? Or that shirt that your mom gave you that is really not that nice… but she gave it to you, so you have to keep it right? Even though you’ve literally never worn it before? You don’t have to keep it! It is just taking up extra storage space. Of course I kept a few shirts that have a lot of sentimental value, but I’m serious about a few. I have one shirt from high school and one shirt from college. That’s all.
Invest in Good Hangers: Your clothes are what represent you. They say so much about who you are and your sense of style… take care of them! There is no room in this world for cheap plastic hangers. I prefer the look of the wooden ones, but the velvet covered ones are also great. When you go buy them, only buy one or two packages. No more than 30! The more hangers you have, the more you’ll be tempted to keep more things you don’t need. I bought mine at Wal-Mart. A pack of 10 was about $20.
Separate Seasons: This doesn’t apply to me as much as it may to some of you, but growing up we always had distinct ‘spring/summer’ clothes and ‘fall/winter’ clothes. The clothes we didn’t wear got folded and put away in a tub until the season came around again. I don’t have such a distinction in my wardrobe anymore, but the heavier sweaters that I won’t be wearing as much I folded and put away in one of the navy bins on the top shelf.
Only Keep What You Need: I had about eight pairs of plain black yoga pants, twenty white tank tops (not joking) sweaters from high school, shirts that I hadn’t worn in years and knowingly would never wear… so I downsized and donated it. If you’re not wearing it, give it to someone who actually needs it and will.
Organize: This is the part that took the longest for me. I have a very small apartment, and a very small closet. I decided to take my closet doors off to make my bachelor apartment feel bigger. The downside to this is that my closet is always showing for everyone to see. If one thing is out of place, it looks really untidy. I made it so that every single thing has it’s place. The shelf is a huge help for this. My jewelry, in season nail polish, a small mirror, wallets, pants, undergarments and tanktops are all housed there. The bins that have the undergarments in them are pretty and make for super easy storage. One of the bins on top of my closet has loungewear, and the other has the sweaters and other shirts that didn’t need to be hung up. I only hung up the blouses that are easily wrinkled or creased, everything else – bin (even still, there isn’t much in it!) I have hooks on the inside of my closet to hang up the bags that I’m not using and my closet is the only place that will fit a hamper in my apartment. Everything has it’s place and it’s all very easily accessible.
Even though I donated a significant amount of clothing, I feel like I have more of a selection of clothes to choose from. I can easily create outfits in my head simply by looking at my closet. It’s all right there in front of me. I didn’t have a mirror in my closet previously, so I found I have been wearing a lot more accessories now because I can see what they look like right there. There’s a lot more variety in my wardrobe, as I was getting overwhelmed previously and just sticking with my ‘old faithful’ outfits.
I highly recommend purging your closet, especially with the season changing. It feels amazing, and somehow makes me think my life is all together because my closet is on point.