I’ve read a lot of tips about clothes purging and decluttering that suggest sorting items into three piles: Keep, Donate, and Sell. I tried this when I began my wardrobe simplification project, but it didn’t work for me. I am just not good at letting things go on the spot like that. Also, my bigger goal is to find and develop my own personal style.
The process that I created is a bit (ok, a LOT) slower and more methodical. If you are not ready to get rid of all of those clothes you love but can’t fit in to, or those cute dresses you wore that one summer you had like 150 weddings to go to, or those super sophisticated pencil skirts that somehow make you feel classy AND sexy (but you only wear once a year), and you also have room to store a bunch of extra clothes, maybe this method will work for you. I hope it will.
I want to begin by warning you: this is going to be a lot more work than the sort-and-be-done method I mentioned previously. But I feel that it is more effective (for me anyway) because it builds sorting and purging into a routine rather than making it a onetime effort.
Why is this better? Well to be honest, I think doing one big closet clean-out can set you up to be susceptible to a big wardrobe splurge later on. If you WANT to splurge on a bunch of new wardrobe items, that’s great! Then the other way is totally for you! But if you are looking to really foster your own style and grow away from highly trendy fast fashion that leaves you “out of style” every couple of months, then this may be appropriate for you.
Let’s start by clarifying that this is obviously not the only way to declutter your closet and your wardrobe. This method is NOT for everyone.
- have tried the sort-and-be-done method before, only to end up getting rid of a few items;
- have clothing items you just can’t bear to part with, even though you haven’t worn them in a year or two; and
- want to grow beyond a highly trendy fast fashion style and develop your own long-lasting personal style
then this method might work for you.
- just want to pare down your wardrobe because you have too much stuff you don’t like or wear;
- plan to shop for new wardrobe items to add back into your closet in the near future; and
- enjoy the ever changing and always-exciting-and-new trends of fast-fashion;
then this is probably NOT a good fit.
This way of decluttering your closet is a four part series. Each part will explain one aspect and will guide you along in making this a sustainable effort rather than an effort in futility. Are you ready? Ok, let’s get started! Here are the four parts to the series: