I try to go through my wardrobe regularly and throw out things that aren't needed, but I usually do it halfheartedly and without much of a purpose. That is, until I came up with what I think is a somewhat brilliant plan!
I counted everything in my closet, and it came out to 151 items. WHOA. I decided I wanted to get that down to a more manageable, and easier to work with/remember, number. I chose 100. Then I wrote down 10 categories of clothing, and allowed myself to keep 10 items of clothing in each category - 10 x 10. That should provide me with PLENTY of options for mixing and matching, and still feeling like I have tons of clothes. Which I still would. Because I would still have 100 things!
Here are my categories:
1. Tank tops
2. Short-sleeve tops
3. Long-sleeve tops
5. Cardigans and blazers
8. Summer dresses
9. Winter dresses
10. Casual wear (v-neck t-shirts, beach cover-ups, skirts I couldn't wear to work, etc.)
Extra: I also added a bonus category for things that I needed or wanted to keep, but didn't fit well within a category. This included things like formal dresses, the first suit I ever owned even though I no longer wear it but I cannot bear to part with, other things that don't ever get worn on a daily basis but still take up space, etc.
* *By the way, this was only for items that are actually hanging in my closet. Things like jeans, shorts, pajamas, etc., I keep folded in drawers. However, I went though and purged some of them as well!
In total, then, I should have ended up with 110 items in my closet. I actually ended up with 113 - not bad!
I didn't beat myself up too much if I just couldn't decide what to get rid of to get down to 10 in a certain category. As I sorted through everything, anything that I immediately thought "yes, must keep" to, I kept; anything that my first thought was "maybe" or "no," I let go. Yes, some of these things included garments I have made myself. I don't know for sure what I want to do with those yet, though, so I allowed them (8 things total) to keep space in my closet for now, though out of the way, until I decide if I want to donate them or hold on to them like an amateur hoarder. The rest I either shipped off to a friend to see if she wanted them, put them in the donation bin in our building's mailroom, or saved to remake into something else.
|That's a lot of neutrals.|
I am going to let myself continue making garments or buying new and adding them to my wardrobe without having a one-in, one-out policy. Twice a year (July 1 and January 1), I will go through every category and reduce back down to 10 of each.
I feel so relieved looking at my closet now. Everything is easier to see, easier to sort through, easier to choose from. How's your closet doing these days?