Ever look in your closet and try finding a shirt you love but you can’t because there is simply too much crap shoved in your hopelessly small closet?
“WHERE IS THAT CROP TOP AND WHY DO I STILL HAVE THIS AWFUL DRESS FROM FRESHMAN YEAR OF COLLEGE?!?”
A common phrase yelled by me while trying to pick out an outfit.
I know I am not alone. And if I am… well, dammit.
Okay, so I am here today writing this because one day I had a complete, psycho freakout because I felt like my closet and drawers were puking a bunch of useless things and suffocating me. And all of a sudden I had an urge to fix it. To de-clutter. To de-crapify… Is that a word?
With the holidays coming up and my Black Friday sale purchases coming in, it seemed like the perfect time. Right?!
But as soon as I stood in front of my closet and started throwing things on my bed to get rid of and donate (I’ll get to that), I didn’t know where on God’s sweet little earth to begin. So I came up with a game plan and ta-da! I am going to share it with you.
SERIOUSLY IT IS ALMOST 2019. TIME TO PURGE ON PAST FASHION. It’ll make the world + your closet a better place and trust me, you don’t need it all.
If You Haven’t Worn It in Over a Year, It’s Got to Go.
I know, I know. You have an extreme sentimental attachment to the dress you wore once for your 21st birthday (oops, just me) but guess what, if it’s been that long… you will not wear it again.
If It Hasn’t Fit in Over a Year, It’s Got to Go.
Hate to be blunt, but if you haven’t dropped the pounds or gained a Kim K booty in a year, it’s probably not happening anytime soon.
Free Tote Bags + Free T-Shirts… Goodbye.
I’m a sucker for anything free. Oh, you’re handing out a sample on the street and I get a free tote bag? SCORE. Sorority t-shirts from my Zeta big sis? THE MEMORIES.
Yeah, no. You don’t need them. And stop wearing baggy t-shirts to the grocery store. You may meet prince charming or Zac Efron there (cough, talking to myself, cough).
Keep The Staple Pieces.
A leather jacket. Good jeans. LBD. A plain tee. Think about the things that will never go out of style and keep those.
If Your Style Has Evolved, Ditch The Past.
So… I’m from Texas. And I am basically a walking cliche/was in a sorority/was a cheerleader and blah, blah, blah. But when I say I used to wear hot pink, chevron print, and sundresses ALL THE TIME…I’m not kidding.
Thank the LAWD because I have evolved since then, moved to LA and changed my style a wee bit. I now try to stick to more neutral colors (with the occasional pop of pink or sequins. Some things will never change) and I removed everything from my past style from my closet. ADIOS!
Uncomfortable Shoes are a Big No No.
I am the queen of buying shoes. It is my weakness and I am contemplating seeking professional help. And guess what… I cannot fit 50+ pairs of shoes in a room so some had to go.
Any shoe that gave me a blister or stayed on my feet for only 20 minutes before I started dancing barefoot in a bar (uh..) were ditched. If you are miserable while wearing them, why keep them?
Attack and Conquer Like the Organized Betch You Are.
De-cluttering your clothes can be overwhelming and stressful. Especially if you have the same shopping habit that I do. But the key is to start slow and stay organized. First tackle dresses, then tops, then shoes… ya feel me? Oh and also pour yourself a glass of wine. That helps.
Resell or DONATE!
I hate when some people say they just threw away their old clothes. HELLO? You just threw away money. And something that someone else could use!
My go-to places to resell are Buffalo Exchange, Plato’s Closet or Poshmark (although this one requires a bit of work). If your clothes don’t sell, donate! Goodwill is always taking donations and you can even schedule a pick up from your house to make it nice and easy!
After going through these steps, I finally gained a little space in my closet and could actually open my dresser drawers without an explosion of shirts falling to the ground. I ended up with two trash bags of clothes and two bags of shoes (I have a problem OK) to donate! ‘Tis the season to give, am I right?