Thursday, February 28, 2013

Minimizing My Wardrobe At Last

Getting Back on Track With My Goals 


This year is supposed to be a great one. I felt it all last month, but February’s been kind of depressing. It usually is for me though. It’s grey, cold, wet and snowy. My birthday is in February, too, which always depresses me. It has something with getting older, but not so much age wise, just the fact that I thought I would have accomplished so much more by now.

I figure since there is only one more day left of this dreary month it’s time to get back on track with my goals and priorities.

Something that I am very passionate about is moving towards a more simple, healthier and eco-friendly lifestyle. 

Minimizing My Wardrobe

I’m planning on getting rid of more than half of my clothes. Seriously! As of right now my clothes are either too small, stained or ripped or simply no longer my style. I wear the same clothes over and over again. Time to clear out the rest and make room in my drawers. Besides, I hate doing laundry. Less clothes = less laundry.
  1. Stained and ripped clothes will be cut up and saved for rags.
  2. Too small and no-longer-me clothes will be neatly put away for my spring yard sale.
  3. Concert t-shirts will be stored away and perhaps I will make them into a quilt or piece of art. They have sentimental value, which is weird I know but I love them anyway.

Now I’m left with:

  • 3 jeans
  • 1 dress pants
  • 2 track pants
  • 1 PJ set
  • 2 black tank tops
  • 3 t-shirts
  • 3 sweaters (I’m always cold so I need more than one!)
  • 3 long sleeved shirts
  • And 1 ugly t-shirt and track pants for painting, dying are, and just getting dirty in general.
And that’s it! Other than a bathing suite, socks and undergarments. I might have to add to my wardrobe if I get a job that has a specific dress code.

How to decide what to get rid of:

  • Obviously if it’s ripped or stained, throw it out! You deserve better than that.
  • If it doesn’t fit any more, and hasn’t for a while, it might be time to say goodbye.
    • If it’s because it’s too small and you plan to lose weight, how about you get rid of it now and when you do lose weight reward yourself with new clothes! However, if that dress or pants is your motivation clothes I guess keeping one is okay.
    • If it’s because you lost weight, what the heck are you doing keeping clothes that are now too big?
  • If you haven’t worn it in a year you probably won’t ever wear it again. I say a year because by then every season has gone by and you still haven’t worn it.
  • If you have something you wear but feel uncomfortable and annoyed every time you wear it, seriously just get rid of it. I have this really annoying pair of jeans I kept torturing myself with and now they are gone and it feels so good.
  • If you’re like me and have sentimental clothes you can’t stand to part with, do yourself a favour and store it away, or take a picture of it for good memories and get rid of it.
  • If you don’t love it, and only wear it once in a while because you have nothing else to wear, get rid of it! This is pretty much half my wardrobe alone.
  • You will feel so much better once you’re done. You did something productive, you either donated your clothes to less fortunate or made money in the process, and by cleaning out your closet you have uncluttered your mind and can be at peace. Or at least now you have room for newer, better clothes. However, I’m trying to live a more minimalist lifestyle so this doesn’t apply to me.
Now I can close my drawers! Yay!

So there it is, goal complete! :)

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  1. Great job at downsizing the wardrobe. I will be helping m y kids go through their closets shortly (waiting for our spring yard sale). We'll be going through the toys and everything else too - a great spring clean up!
    Thanks for the tips. =0)
    Visiting from Blogging Buddies

    1. Thanks!

      I went through Sidney's clothes a couple days ago because so much of it is too small now. I feel like I'm constantly going through her toys. It's a never ending process :P

      But come spring time I'll be a lot more, too.

  2. Well done :) I did this earlier in Feb - we threw out about 8 black bags of clothes between the 4 of us. The whole upstairs felt lighter :)

    But now I feel like I am wearing the same things all the time!!

    (Found you via a blog hop)

    1. Thank you :)

      I bet! It's crazy how much clothes can accumulate in one family. And I already know what you mean about wearing the same clothes repeatedly.


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