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When I look back at all the money I've spent on clothes, accessories, and shoes, I'm pretty disgusted with myself, especially considering how much of it I actually wear. I feel embarrassed that I had collected so much stuff, wore so little of it, and yet still found myself complaining daily that I had "nothing to wear".
I knew it was time to make a drastic change, and that a huge purge was in order. I whittled my closet down to 1/4 of what it used to be and now it's only filled with what I love. Here's how I did it:
Out with the old.... in waves.
This took me 6 weeks. I pulled things out and then put them back, and repeated that over and over. I wanted to hang onto things for the sentimental value, or for fear that I'd one day want to wear it. I also just genuinely felt bad getting rid of clothing that I'd only worn a few times, remembering what I paid for it and feeling guilty. But I had to let that go and concentrate on what items I felt good in; what things I wanted to wear again and again. Because I had so much crap in my closet, I had to get rid of things in waves.
Wave 1: Any item that I literally hated, didn't fit, I never wore, was flawed, or hadn't been taken out of my closet in over a year. Easy. (This is the wave I would normally stop at with my usual seasonal purges).
Wave 2: Any item that I generally avoided, that I could only wear ONE certain way, or that didn't make me feel great. Really anything that I couldn't see myself buying if I went shopping today.
Wave 3: Items that I liked, but that I hadn't worn in a long time or had trouble styling.
Wave 4: Items that I loved, were expensive, or had sentimental value... but just weren't getting worn for whatever reason. Either they didn't fit right or didn't fit in with my style anymore.
Wave 5: Items that I had worn recently and like, but that will always get passed up for a similar item in my closet that I love even more. No point in keeping the lesser of the two.
Donate, Trash, Sell.
I started 3 heaps - donate, trash and sell. Pretty self-explanatory. Without any luck on independent closet-sale websites, I turned to trusty eBay and I made over $1,800.... all on clothing/accessories I wasn't even wearing! Once I started making a profit on old items, I felt even more motivated to purge more. I went back through my closet two more times until I finally had gotten rid of every last item I wasn't in love with.
In with the new.
Now that my closet is cleaned out, I can really see what's missing (and it's not bird prints, let me tell you that). I've made a shopping list of things I want and/or need in my wardrobe, and for the first time I feel like I'm on my way to being really content with my wardrobe. I also don't have to feel guilty about buying some staples that I need, because I'll be using money I made from old items.
Now's a great time to purge! If you're feeling blah about your wardrobe/closet, take the plunge.