The first step to recovery is admitting you have a problem.
I am a clothing hoarder. I form unnatural emotional and sentimental bonds with physical pieces of fabric.
But really, I hold onto out of style, ill fitting, uncomfortable clothes because I feel connections with where I have worn said item and how I felt at that time. Even though I won’t ever wear it again, or it looks horrible on me (seriously wtf was I thinking), or I only wear it once a year because everything else is dirty or I think “oh I haven’t worn this in forever, better put it on”.
I have been looking into the minimalist wardrobe theory for a while now, and for some reason I had a fire lit under me to get on it recently.
First I made piles of things I knew I needed to get rid of. Then I looked through what was left and took more. And more. And more. I was really hard on myself, and my clothing, and only kept things I wear all the time, and I know are classic pieces that would go with a lot.
I ended up with a pile consisting of
- 9 Dresses
- 13 Long Sleeve Shirts
- 20 Short Sleeve Shirts
- 7 Jackets
- 2 Scarves
- 2 Pairs of Jeans
- 3 Skirts
- 4 Pairs of Shorts
- 1 Vest (why was this even purchased to begin with lol)
- 9 Purses and 1 Wallet
- 9 Pairs of Shoes
Whew. Are you exhausted from that? I know I am
Then came the purge! I took all of my items to Uptown Cheapskates then what they didn’t take I hauled over to Plato’s closet.
Together they gave me $70 for 2 purses, 5 dresses, 12 SS shirts, 3 jackets, 1 scarf, 2 skirts, and 2 pairs of shorts. Needless to say I was pleased with my earnings on old clothes I wasn’t wearing anyway. Very liberating. I took the remaining clothing and shoes to Goodwill for donation.
I now have holes in my wardrobe that need to be filled, and the cash I earned from the old stuff with be going towards filling them. I will be investing in classic, well made (even if slightly more expensive) things that I know will last forever and making sure that each item I buy can work with multiple other pieces to make the most out of my outfit choices.
I haven’t narrowed down my closet to a set list of 30 must haves, but I am using this list from the House for Five blog as a general guide to making it.
Let me know if you have purged lately, and how it made you feel in the comments!