Closet Detox or the closet purge. I get it, some hate the thought of trying to weed through their clothing and others love the idea of pairing down. And personally, I love helping women in this area. I get such gratification from helping make women’s lives easier through daily, effortless dressing.
But to get there, you must first remove items of clothing that don’t serve you, your body, or lifestyle. Things that make you say, “ummm, no, I don’t think so” as you look in the mirror, definitely have to go.
The Closet Detox is all about clearing out everything standing in your way to a higher vibe YOU! We’ll say ‘buh-bye’ to anything that doesn’t reflect the true you, fails to make you comfortable, or does nothing for your confidence.
We’ll make room for a more organized closet that really works with your style goals and lifestyle. You’ll have fresh, new looks built from your existing wardrobe, a list of purchase recommendations, and shopping tips to set you up for long-term success.
First ~ Clothes that don't fit.
Maybe you’ve gone through a recent weight loss/gain or perhaps you’re holding onto something because you absolutely love it but you’re not sure what to do with it. Whatever the reason, it needs to go.
If you don’t, you’ll end up with unwearable ‘stuff’ you have to rifle through to find an outfit in the mornings. It just adds un-needed stress to your day and leads to the ‘I have nothing to wear’ syndrome.
Yes, it can be scary to get rid of all the different sizes/unusable items hanging in your closet and you may think you won’t have much left to choose from for outfits. But the truth is, it’s an illusion! You will still have the same outfit options but without the extra clutter of unwearable clothes. It’s so much better to have a clear picture of what you truly have to work with.
I suggest storing those items in a clear tote for 6 months and if you haven’t reached for any of those pieces at the end of that time, donate them and bless another woman who will be excited to add them to their wardrobe.
Second ~ Gifted Clothing
I’ve been guilty as I’m sure you have as well. You get an item as a gift or a hand-me-down from family or friends. Why do we hold onto these things when they don’t fit right or just isn’t your style? Here’s the deal, the giver thought you would be happy and enjoy it/them and would never want you to hold on to it if it doesn’t bring you joy. So it’s OKAY to let it go.
If it brings guilt at the thought of donating items handed down to you, ask the giver if they would like them back before giving it to someone else. I can almost guarantee the answer will be no. Was it a gift? If it ever comes up in conversation as to why you never wear the item, just say you spilt something on it and ruined it trying to get the stain out. It’s a little ‘white’ lie but at least you won’t hurt their feelings!
Third ~ Worn or outdated pieces.
You know the pieces I’m talking about. Our favorite jeans, tees, or whatever it is that we have loved to DEATH! If it’s stained, holes worn through, or you can read a newspaper through it, then it’s time to let it go.
Pieces that look as if they came over on the ‘Mayflower’ really need to go too. Nothing makes you look more ‘dated’ than clothes from a different era and who wants that. UNLESS that’s the look you’re going for then I say, ‘Go for it!’
Fourth ~ Expensive Items.
I understand getting rid of anything you spent a lot of bank on is, let’s just say… ‘cringe-worthy’. But you can learn from the experience. Why did you buy it in the first place? Where you coaxed into it OR took styling advice from a family member or a girlfriend who doesn’t quite understand your style? I know they have the best intentions BUT they don’t KNOW your true, unique style. However, whatever the reason, don’t continually beat yourself up by seeing it every day hanging in your closet unused. It’s time to let it go! It’s hard, believe me I know, but once you’ve figured out what really works perfectly for you, you WON’T ever repeat that mistake again!
When you purge these 4 things from your closet, you will feel better and have a truer picture of what you have to work with. It’s a great place to start before hiring a stylist to help you rebuild a wardrobe. Besides, you want a wardrobe to be a genuine reflection of you and who you want to be. Are you ready to look your cutest everyday?
Your next step, check out “The Process” by clicking here.