It's SPRING! Not really, but if you live in the PNW does it not feel like spring!? Actually, spring is typically rainy, so this is like NICE spring weather. The days when the sun is shining, the sky is robin's egg blue (favorite Crayola crayon color, btw) and you can stand outside without a jacket and be warm. Amazing.
After a verrryyy busy work week I finally had today to catch up on sleep and get my home back under control. One thing I do almost every season is sift through my wardrobe and attempt to weed out what needs to go. Sometimes it's minimal, sometimes I really dig in there and deeply cleanse the depths of my closet.
This time around was a deep cleanse.
I've been wanting to do this for awhile. I have limited closet space (wah!) and I need to edit out clothes I simply don't use. For some people, editing a wardrobe is no biggie. For me, it's like letting go of dear friends. I get emotionally attached to clothes and remember when, where and how I acquired each item (is that weird? tell me that's not as weird as it sounds as I type it...). Anyway, it had to be done. And ya know what? As hard as it is, I feel good. Cleansed. Free.
Everybody's got criteria for when and why to kick clothing to the curb. Here are a few of mine.
1) Is it gross. Let's be real. Certain stains and odors are just not coming out. Time to cut the cord.
2) Does it fit you. So, let me say, most advice I've read or heard on this subject is: if it doesn't fit you now, chuck it. I think hanging on to a nice pair of jeans you want to squeeze into, or a silk blouse that's a bit tight right now, is fine- let it be a motivator for you. However, that $5 tee shirt from Target? Let it go. Another aspect of this: if you bought something too big/ loose/ etc., and are willing to have it tailored to fit, keep it and hit up the tailor. If you don't love it enough to pay for that, sayonara.
3) Does it fit your life. I started asking myself this when I shop or clean out my closet, and it has worked great. Basically, are you going to honestly use this enough to justify keeping it around? My 9 to 5 is working with kids, so owning lots of nice pants suits and pencil skirts is just not practical. I have some of those things for the rare occasions it's appropriate, but I don't need a ton. I also don't need all five strappy floral chiffon dresses that I wore to summer weddings and will probably never use again. Rip the Band-Aid.
4) Is it "you." Style and taste changes over time. In high school I wore skate hoodies, flare jeans, and tee shirts basically everyday. I would have cringed at the thought of wearing a collared shirt or, eww, a BLOUSE. And now I've got collared blouses for days. If it's just not your style today, it's ok to move on.
5) Is it even trendy anymore. Some things never go out of style- a classic trench, nude pumps, a white collared shirt. Red pleather bell bottoms, on the other hand, were never even IN style (not one of my finer moments with that purchase). On occasion, you may hang on to something with the hopes fashion will come back around again- but that's a gamble. Proceed with caution.
There are my tips! Do you have any rules for when to let go of something from your wardrobe?
Good luck with your Spring closet cleanse! :)- Rachelle