For years and years and yeeeaars I would try to clean out my wardrobe every 6-8 months or so and get rid of a very small bag of clothes and within a few weeks it would be totally full and unmanageable again and I would lose things in it constantly. Since starting my minimalist journey I decided that it was time to tackle the monster that is my wardrobe.
I decided I had to be ruthless so I set myself a list of rules:
- No copies of anything- I’m guilty of literally buying the same thing over and over again so I decided that if I had multiples of a very similar item, I would only keep my favorite
- Try everything on- I decided I had to try everything in my entire wardrobe on. If it didn’t fit anymore, had holes in, was too worn or too faded it had to go.
- Then and there– I decided that when I tried something on, if I wasn’t able to wear it properly then and there, it had to go. What do I mean by this? I’ll give you an example- a strapless, white summer dress. If I didn’t have a decent strapless bra and pair of nude knickers to pull off the look, I was never going to bother to wear it so it had to go. If I really liked it that much I would’ve gone out and bought a new bra and knickers to wear with it. To take it one step further, even if I did have the bra and knickers but they were just uncomfortable, annoying or just not great to wear, then the dress still had to go, why? Because I was just never going to wear it.
I started at rule number 1 because I think it’s the easiest. I took 5 plastic bags of clothes out right away. For some reason, I hoarded clothes that were literally identical to each other in every way. Who needs 7 black mid- sleeve cowl neck crop tops? Not me. Not anymore. I literally got rid of everything that had a copy and I’m still shocked at the money I must’ve spent on stuff that I already had.
Next, I moved onto rule number 2, was it laborious? did it involve a tonne of folding and un folding and examining every damn thing I had? yeah, it did, BUUUT I got rid of another 3 bags of clothes that I had just been holding onto even though they just weren’t wearable anymore. I even had a winter coat that was so old, it was no longer waterproof and didn’t have a zip! I mean what is the point of that? I live in England it rains almost every day; when would I ever need a coat that doesn’t protect me from the rain or the cold!?
Finally, the hardest part…rule number 3, then and there. This was so incredibly difficult and I have to admit I couldn’t let go 100% and had to hang onto one or two things that I just couldn’t bear to be parted with. It was, however, very useful. I got rid of a further bag and a half of stuff that I legitimately would’ve never ever worn but I just bought because it was pretty or on sale.
Once I’d finished I did the same with my shoes but I admit I kept an old pair of UGGS (long story but I had a foot injury a few years ago and had to wear some hideous floral wellies in winter because I didn’t have UGG’s and couldn’t fit into regular shoes😫) I was surprised that I actually managed to get rid of another bagful of stuff from my wardrobe but this made 10 1/2 bags of clothes that I just didn’t need. It’s crazy but somehow I felt very refreshed by it. I don’t know what I was holding onto by hoarding clothes but it felt good to let go of it.