Over the last year or so I have decided to keep only pieces in my closet that I truly love. I used to think that "more" was better and would constantly shop to fill up my closet. I would end up with a bunch of "One Hit Wonders" and pieces I really didn't like or didn't go with anything else in my closet. Now I have learned to re-work the clothes that I do love and wear them in several different ways. When I shop, I ask myself if that particular item is versatile enough to wear at least 3 different ways. If so, I generally buy it, if not, it stays on the rack.
When going through my "questionable" clothes, I sort them into 3 different piles.
- Refashion/Repair: In this pile, I have to really decide if it's worth keeping and fixing it up, or is it just going to sit in a pile forever. I've learned to be choosy about this because I hate feeling guilty about not turning it into something more exciting...and I'm okay with that!
- Donate: For this pile, I make sure items are still wearable. If I wouldn't buy something stained or torn, I doubt anyone else would either.
- Trash: If an item doesn't make the first two piles, it goes into the this pile. This is the pile that is beyond hope. I may love a t-shirt, but if it's not worth donating it needs to go in this pile...and again, I'm okay with that!
After going through my closet, I make a list of items that I would like to add to my closet. I keep this list on my smartphone, so whenever I'm out shopping I can refer to it instead of trying to remember everything.
This was the donation pile (a few things are my daughter's), all going to a new home! It doesn't look like much, but it was a pretty big pile.