Saturday’s Wardrobe Purge went pretty well! To show for it, I have a large garbage bag of clothing to donate, a suitcase half-full of spring/summer attire (clothing, shoes, and my one swimsuit) packed into the hall closet, and much more space on my side of our bedroom’s closet. Also, I was able to get rid of a tall “chest” of drawers (one of those plastic ones that every college student and recent graduate uses because we’re broke), which has made our bedroom look much neater/more adult.
However, I know that I still have way too much. As I was pulling out autumn/winter items from the seasonal suitcase, I couldn’t believe all of the sweaters! I’d forgotten about most of them! As I took each one out, I considered: First impression. Do I like it? How’s the quality? (Has it stretched/warped? Is the color right?) Does it fit?
I ended up keeping them all. I didn’t want to force myself to get rid of perfectly decent sweaters that I’m most likely going to wear. There were two that I thought, Hm, maybe. But I truly think I will wear them, so they’re staying.
As the season goes on, I may narrow down my sweater selection, other tops may wear out and have to go. For now, though, I have an abundance of options. Which I think I need. I’m a person who needs variety always: food, activities, clothing. I started the wardrobe purge to minimize my wastefulness; I buy too many things that I either never wear or wear only once, and that needs to stop. I’ve slimmed down my wardrobe and don’t have plans to buy anything else (except for new underwear and black tights because, well, #essentials). All in all, a good start.
I currently have: 52 shirts (holy fuck), 19 sweaters/cardis (why?!), 6 hoodies/jackets, 6 pants, 2 skirts, 5 dresses.
Y’all, I’m seriously blown away by the shirts thing because what?! They don’t take up that much space in my closet… But like. That’s enough shirts to not repeat a shirt to work for over two months! It’s a combination of undershirts, sleeveless tops, t-shirts, blouses, button-ups, 3/4-sleeve tops, and longsleeve tops. BUT STILL. 52 shirts?!
Deep breath, Kaiya. It’s still a good start.
The next step is to document everything I have and keep track of what I wear. I’ve downloaded StyleBook and am going to try my damnedest to keep up with it. At the very least, I’ll be keeping picture-less notes. I’m going to try wearing a different shirt every day, too, since I have so fucking many.
I’m going to chop that 52 (and 19!) down over the next few months, okay. It’s ridiculous. Wish me luck!
How do you manage your wardrobe and your purchases? Do you do a haul-out when the weather starts to turn colder or warmer? Do you use StyleBook or anything similar?