Post # 1
Ive been wanting to undertake this challenge of cleaning out my wardrobe and just general stuff for SO LONG. But then i became pregnant and had no drive or energy to start. Now that L.O. is 6 months i REALLY want to redo my wardrobe and make it as simple and clean as possible, but i really dont know where to start. I work 4 days a week and where a chef uniform to work everyday, so unless im going out to dinner or a night out i hardly wear anything outside of lounge wear or jeans and a t shirt. But all the artsy, D.Y.I youtube videos make it seem so easy, until i open my closet and shudder in horror about how long it might take me to go through everything.
Anyone ever do this before, where did you begin? what was the questions you asked yourself when trying to get rid of pieces of clothing? Any tips and tricks are greatfully appreciated.
Post # 2
I like the marie kondo method of paring down clothing. Basically pull everything out, throw it on the floor and go through each piece one by one. It really doesn’t take *that* long, and by the end, there’s a lot less to put back!! Then donate/sell the leftovers.
I don’t really do the “spark joy”, but I ask – does it fit? do I wear it? Do I like it? And go from there. Having a job with a uniform makes this SO EASY because you don’t have to consider work wardrobe at all.
Post # 3
I always keep a donation box in my closet. That way whenever I am going through my closet, if I see stuff I haven’t worn in a while, or if I am trying to find something to wear and I pull out a piece that I’m like “ugh” I just toss it in the donation box. When it fills up I dontate or sell it (depending on how much time I have!). That keeps my wardrobe paired down.
Also at the end of every season, if I haven’t worn something I get rid of it. Its just easier that way and keeps my wardrobe full of stuff I actually wear.
Just take it in small bites. Start out with your dresses and Marie Kondo, or pare down or whatever. Next time you have a couple of hours, do your pants. Then your shirts, etc. until you’ve done it all. Then just stay on top of it. Keep a donation box handy, or at the end of each season, go through and get rid of what you didn’t wear (or if you wore it but hated all the pictures type of thing!).
Post # 4
- Wedding: December 2017 - Courthouse
Personally I like to go through my clothes maybe twice a year to donate things I no longer wear. I would take an hour to just go through and pull all items that you don’t wear, doesn’t fit, etc. If you’re short on time, I would take that as a first step. Next I would sort items you wear ALL the time as must keep. Those items can be hung in the most accessible part of your closet. Next, I would make sure you have clothes for every occasion (I hate dresses but I own a few casual and a few dressy for weddings and events. I own a nice black dress for funerals. That sort of thing). Then I would see if you still have too much. At this point, you can start deciding on items you hardly wear. It’s hard to give things away but sometimes taking things out of your closet and reorganizing and seeing the space they make feels good and can motivate you!
Post # 5
Look into capsule wardrobes where you have a small number of good quality basics that all work together to create various looks and levels of formality. I also love Marie Kondo’s methods. She’s changed my house.
Post # 6
I did a postpartum capsule/minimalist wardrobe change. I started using the KonMari method of pulling everything out and going through each piece to decide if I loved it. You can definitely do this step in small stages if it’s overwhelming to you. Then I looked at what I had left and picked a few key colours and neutrals as my main colours (for me, black, gray, olive green, and burgundy). Then I decided on the kinds of pieces I needed vs already has. For example, I wanted 2 dress pants, a skirt, 2 dresses, 10 tops, etc. Then I went and bought everything I still needed. I had to buy a lot because most of my pre-pregnancy clothes still don’t fit, but if you already have a lot this step would be pretty minimal. I’m a college instructor and PhD student so my main wardrobe is business casual, but I think this would work for any non-uniform wardrobe. I decided on a mini capsule of casual clothes as well, but picked the same colours as my work clothes so in a pinch all of my casual tops could be thrown on under a blazer or cardigan with dress bottoms.
Post # 7
- Wedding: November 2019 - City, State
My general rule is “if you haven’t touched it in a year, it goes.” The only exception to this is like, super fancy formalwear or swimsuits or something that you just generally don’t use often.
Post # 8
I did it for the first time a couple of years ago. It felt so overwhelming at the time, but omg it was so worth it! Less laundry to do, less crap to go through when I’m picking an outfit, and so much less money spent on clothes because I’m not constantly buying them anymore!
My biggest tip is to know that this process will take time. The first time I “minimized” my wardrobe I probably got rid of 5 things. I kept working at it, and within a few months I had the courage to actually pare down. I got rid of probably 90% of what was in my closet that year.
You HAVE to Marie Kondo it – ie. take every single thing out of your closet. If you have a coat closet, add that to the pile to. I promise, you will not actually minimize if you just shuffle through the hangers and try to get rid of stuff. You have to empty that closet out first. It’s crazy what a difference it makes when you actually see everything in a pile on your living room floor. Plus, then it’s easier to throw them into the donation or trash pile than it is to hang them back up. You also need to make firm rules – if you only wore it once last year, it goes.
Of course, Part 2 of a minimal wardrobe is choosing to purchase high quality clothes. The things you own you will wear constantly. Only purchase things you truly love, and that will truly last.
You won’t regret it! I started with a minimal wardrobe, and now I pretty much have minimal everything. I’m honestly so much happier for it. After all, I have more money in my wallet and less junk in my home.
Post # 9
I constantly go through my wardrobe and get rid of what I no longer like or wear but my husband is not like me at all and will keep stuff that he no longer wears or fits. I saw a tip on TV that I made my husband do after he was running out of space on his side of the wardrobe. He’d tried previously to edit his clothes down but he gets way to attached and doesn’t get rid of much.
The TV show said each season when you wear a particular item, you put the item back with the coat hanger facing the opposite way to the normal way you hang them in your wardrobe. If the coat hanger is in its original position by the end of the season, it means it hasn’t been worn and its time to donate it. This made my husband visually see that he only really wore half his wardrobe. It made him feel less attached to an item and allowed him peace of mind to be able to donate it. He continues to do this trick and his side of the wardrobe is no longer bursting at the seams.
If you don’t want to tackle a huge task in one hit. Maybe employ this method and give yourself a date in 6 months where you donate all the unused items in your wardrobe.
Post # 10
I have a funny method, but it works.
Keep doing your husband’s laundry, and your kids’ laundry, but don’t do your laundry for a bit. Let it pile up. When you begin to have no clean clothes and you start to groan about what you feel “forced to wear because I have nothing clean” then that means you have worn all the clothes that you LIKE wearing.
Then, before you do your laundry, go through your closet and take everything away, minus formal wear, business wear, and other things that are special occasion pieces. That will save you most of the work. All that will be left will be your special occasion stuff, and that’s when I will “Marie Kondo” the shit out of it XD
I know it sounds super dumb and rather hilarious, but it really works for me XD I do it every spring.
Post # 11
I like this! (well except for doing my husbands laundry, lol @ that one 😉 )
I notice for myself, I tend to wear the exact same clothes week after week (work clothes). So why do I keep buying more that end up sitting in the closet?
Post # 12
Sometimes the problem isn’t just that you have too much, it’s that there are holes in your wardrobe and lots of stuff that kinda-sorta hits the mark, but not quite.
Example: If you don’t have a basic black dress in the silhouette that works for your body in a 3-season fabric, you’re not going to get rid of the shapeless charcoal one you wear to funerals, the blue one you wear to church, the floral one you wear out with the girls, the slightly awkward skirt suit you wear to interviews, the black chiffon that’s a little too tight, etc. One black dress you feel confident in might be what you need to add before you can say goodbye to all the others. A tight capsule of perfect pieces can help you get rid of things you don’t need.
I read this somewhere, and it stuck with me. Instead of asking myself whether or not an item sparks joy, I ask if I’d be annoyed if I ran into my ex while wearing it. Maybe you don’t have an ex… a frenemy, competitive cousin or Mother-In-Law can do the same. It was MUCH easier for me to clear my closets when I thought of running into an old college flame wearing some of the things that needed to go!
Post # 13
I quit smoking and suddenly had some extra cash. I used to buy the cheapest clothes I could, when I was forced to. I’ve never been big on fashion.
I watched and read a lot about capsule wardrobes. Then I figured out what colours look good on me and what I liked, and picked a color scheme. My colour scheme is black, white, grey, navy, emerald, burgundy, dusty pink and sky blue. No warm colours like brown or olive. I donated any of my clothes which did not fit this scheme. I like buying khaki colours but they don’t suit my pale completion.
Next, I figured out my kibbe type and what worked with that. I also went to several large shopping centres and didn’t buy anything, just tried lots on and took lots of photos.
After a bit of time I figured out what I liked and what my style was and created an excel spreadsheet about what I wanted.
Then I waited for sales and purchased what I wanted. I focused on natural fibres, quality and timeless. I didn’t buy too much. 2 pairs of jeans, 2 woollen jumpers, 1 sweater, 1 coat, 2 pairs of black pants, 2 pairs of boots etc. (it’s winter here)
It was a lot of work and I didn’t enjoy a lot of it, but now I have a cohesive wardrobe and a lot of the pieces work well with each other. Now I feel at the point where I can add a couple of items for spring/summer and add 2-3 pieces for every season here on in.