Project Purge: How to Declutter your ClosetSunday, October 11, 2015
Do you ever have the urge to purge?
A few weeks ago, after many unsuccessful attempts at organizing my closet, I came to the realization that it isn't the space that's the problem - it's the stuff. I own way too many things - clothes, shoes, scarves, purses, books, craft supplies, beauty products ... you name it, I've got too much of it.
I finally decided it was time for me to get rid of stuff, and simplify my life. And thus project purge was born.
Over the course of two weekends, I got rid of two extra-large garbage bags of clothing, shoes, and accessories. One went straight to my local thrift store, and the other was divided up between friends and family who would make good use of them. It can be very overwhelming to go through all of your possessions and get rid of things, especially when you are emotionally attached to them! To help you through this process, here are my top tips for decluttering your closet:
- Define your style. If you notice that your sense of style is changing, it may be a good idea for you to define exactly what you like and do not like before purging your closet. Chances are, you'll be able to get rid of a lot more if you are able to identify items that are no longer congruent with your current sense of style.
- Pull everything out of your closet/wardrobe/drawers. Pulling everything out helps you to see exactly how many items you have, and how much space you have to fit these items.
- As you're pulling everything out, go ahead and throw away worn or damaged items. Yes, you do have to get rid of your favourite tights with the hole in the crotch, AND that worn out sweater with the stain across the front. Getting rid of the old and frumpy is a must, as it helps you to sort through your remaining clothing.
- Group items in a way that makes the most sense to you. Do you like your clothing grouped by colour? Style? Season? Choose a sorting method that works for you, and sort your clothing into piles
- Go through each pile.Start by picking out your favourite items. Identify your absolute favourite pieces of clothing/shoes/accessories. Anything you wear often that is still in good condition should also be added to this pile. These items can go back into their respective storage spaces, so you're free to start negotiating.
- Try things on. When trying clothes on, I ask myself the following questions:
- Does it fit?
- Is this item free of any rips, tears, or stains?
- Do I feel amazing in this item?
- Does this item highlight my best features?
- Does this item make me feel comfortable?
- Can I pair this item with clothing I already own to make an outfit?
- Is this item made of a material that is long-lasting?
- Is this item one-of-a-kind? (To ensure I don't have duplicates of the same item)
- Is this item versatile?
- Does this item fit with my current sense of style?
- Items I wore in high school
- Items I wore as a teenager
- Items made out of uncomfortable materials
- Items that were not flattering on my body
- Items that I have not worn in the past two years (Excluding formal clothing)
- Items that do not fit with my sense of style