Happy Monday! Since my last post, I’ve been incredibly busy- I’ve moved back into a one-bedroom, had multiple wedding showers to attend, rodeo season happened, and I’ve just generally been trying to get my life together, as per usual. I’ve also been super focused on some big changes I’ve got coming up, which I hope to share with you soon!
One of the most dreaded parts of moving for me is the closet. It is just such a beast and always takes more trips than I anticipated. The problem is that I am emotionally attached to my clothing. Not a joke. I always at least try to clean out my closet, but previous moves have ended with me choosing a few articles of clothing to part with out of obligation. However, this time was different. I was feeling pretty ruthless in my pursuit of more closet space and got rid of two trash bags of apparel. Two. Big win for Kristen! So if I, the most aggressive clothes hoarder in Texas, can do it, so can you. Here’s a few tips:
1. Wait until you’re in a productive mood
Honestly, I didn’t even plan to clean out my closet when I did, it just happened. It was Friday night and I didn’t have any plans, but was still over-caffeinated from my Friday Starbucks and couldn’t stand the thought of sitting and watching Bravo all evening. So I just decided that it was the time to clean out my closet. Just know that it’s most likely going to be a lengthy process, and you should try to get it done all at once. If you stop, you may lose momentum and end up keeping things you don’t need.
2. Start at one end of your closet and work your way around
And make sure to consider every piece of clothing! I started with my top rack (shorts, skirts, and pants), then made my way to the bottom rack (tops), then over to my dresses. And I flipped through every stitch of clothing and stopped to think about it. In previous attempts, I would just think about my clothes and the pieces that popped into my mind that I didn’t wear anymore were the ones I got rid of. Well, when I went through every single hanger this time, I obviously found quite a few things I didn’t even know I had. Leave no stone unturned!
3. Try it on before you throw it out
This may sound unnecessary and time consuming, but you’ll be glad you did it. There were a few things I ended up keeping after trying it on again, but more often than not, it sealed the deal on getting rid of it. Some things just don’t fit like they used to, and some things don’t look as great as you thought they did in 2007 (yes, I actually had things in my closet from 10+ years ago. I told you, I have a problem).
4. Be honest & realistic with yourself
Does this actually fit (all the time, not just on a really skinny day)? Do you remember the last time you wore it? Is it beyond out of style? If the answer to any of these questions is no, then get rid of it. I had quite a few pieces that I spent a lot of money on, but never really wore, and I really had no reason to keep it. Don’t tell yourself, “well maybe I’ll wear it one day!” because if you haven’t, you won’t. I had this one-shoulder striped top with a sequined anchor on it that was red, white, and blue that I kept telling myself (SINCE HIGH SCHOOL) that I would wear it for the 4th of July. Well first of all, it was way too tight, and second of all, I don’t think any of you would take me seriously as a fashion blogger anymore if I wore it. So I finally tossed it. I had to tell myself, “BE REAL, THIS IS AWFUL.”, but hey, whatever it takes.
5. Throw away anything that’s in really bad shape
This seems like common sense, but I just thought I’d add it. I had a few pieces that had holes and tears, and for a split second I thought about putting them in my sell/donate pile, but then I stopped myself. If I don’t want it because it’s in bad shape, then obviously no one else will either. And the more I thought about it, donating clothes that can’t be worn is honestly just rude and a waste of everyone’s time. Throw it away.
6. Try to sell as much as you can and donate the rest
Unless you want to donate it all, in which case, good for you! I always try to get a little money for mine, because it’s like a reward for parting with my clothes. Here’s what I did this time: first, I took everything to Plato’s Closet. I kind of have a personal vendetta against Plato’s Closet because they always tell me my clothes are “out of style” (but my style is timeless, so…), but I keep trying it anyways. I let them sort through it and make their offer. Then, I took the leftovers next door to Style Encore (basically Plato’s Closet but for business casual). I let them sort through it as well, then I took whatever was left to Goodwill. And then I was rid of it forever!
7. Fill your closet up again!!
Just kidding. But I do have a lot of empty closet space in my new apartment, so I could if I wanted to! But I shan’t.
So there you have it. As I said, if I can do it, you can definitely purge your closet as well. Not only does it make moving easier, but it gets rid of clutter, helps you find the things you actually wear a little easier, and maybe even gives you some extra cash!
That’s all for meow!
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