The closet detox. 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.
Here are the top 4 things to get out of your closet now:
1. Clothes That Don’t Fit
Maybe you’ve lost or gained weight and have multiple sizes in your closet or perhaps you’re holding onto something because you absolutely love 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.
2. Gifted clothing
I’ve been guilty as I’m sure you have as well. You get an item as a gift or hand-me-downs 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, just say you spilt something on it and you ruined it trying to get the stain out.
3. Worn or outdated pieces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 older than clothes from a different era and who wants that.
4. 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 style any better than you do. 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 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 and it’s a great place to start before hiring a stylist to help you rebuild a wardrobe that is a genuine reflection of you and who you want to be. Are you ready to look the cutest you can be?