Have you ever looked in your closet/at your wardrobe and thought ‘WOW… wtf am I going to wear today?’ all while staring at an abundance of clothes.. Yeah, I think a majority of us have done it AT LEAST once..
My friends would probably tell you that I have way too many clothes.. I used to always deny it, until I continued to always find myself overwhelmed with choices when trying to figure out what to wear for the day. I finally came to the conclusion that I needed to fix this.
In deciding to make a conscious effort to revamp my closet, I decided to approach this in a Marie Kondo type way. “Does this item spark joy?” If the answer is yes, I’ll keep it. If it doesn’t, then it has to go.
There are many ways to do this. You can take Marie’s method, which is pull every item out and go one by one, seeing which items spark joy for you. Pretty effective and quick, because you’re deciding in the moment. I chose to take a more slow and gradual approach.
I’ve always wanted to switch out my hangers from plastic to wooden ones for the longest time, because I thought it looked cleaner and aesthetics lolol, but didn’t want to buy them. Not only did that seem silly and a bit wasteful, but also expensive. BUT my wishes were granted when a nearby retailer closed one of theirstores and gave away their extra hangers!
My process was pretty simple. Every time I wore a shirt, I’d switch the plastic hanger for the wooden one. After nearly a year of executing this method, I realized which shirts REALLY don’t spark any joy for me hahaha.
I laugh, but it’s kind of unfortunate, because someone else could have been enjoying it, instead of collecting dust in my closet. Now, I will say that I strongly recommend trying to find the bliss in those ‘unwanted’ items. I mean it was acquired for a reason, so there had to be some draw to it or you would have never gotten it, right? Some days you just aren’t feeling a certain outfit/item and that’s totally fine. I chose to take such a long time on this clean out for 1) the reason just listed but also 2) not every fabric/material works in all climates. I didn’t want to run the risk of discarding an item because it wasn’t appealing to me on a particular day. Obviously you don’t have to take a year to complete this project. But definitely take as much time as you need!
Now that you have your leftover items, you might be wondering what to do with them. Well, you have a couple of options:
- Donate them. Is there a local shelter/center that would benefit from these items? Do you have a local thrift/secondhand shop that you could take them to?
- Swap them. Do you have any friends/coworkers/etc that you can trade clothes with? Clothing swaps are a win-win for everyone.
- Mend them. Does a part of you still want to keep the item(s)? Cool print, perhaps? Maybe you could get a tailor to turn that dress into a top and skirt. Or those jeans could become shorts. Get creative!
- Sell them. There are plenty of apps/websites/companies for selling used clothes. Might as well try to make some money off of it.
Are you trying to downsize your closet? Have you downsized already? If so, what method did you use? What’d you do with your unwanted items?
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