My cutie-pie husband says (about our past dating lives, but it applies here I promise) “You figure out what you want by figuring out what you don’t want.”
In wardrobe terms, we’ll be setting up a system of filters over the coming weeks, identifying your optimal clothing choices by ruling out things that aren’t so right. Last week’s exercise was the first filter – defining the things you want to move away from in your wardrobe. So let’s start this week by getting them out of your closet … and your drawers and shelves and storage boxes under the bed ….
Many women find it very hard to purge their closets, so start with the easy stuff. Many of your comments from Lesson #1 mentioned things that are worn, stained, sloppy and indisputable unflattering. Unisex tees (the boxy man-styled ones), granny looks, mom jeans, sweat pants, stretched-out exercise clothes and undies, little girl styles (puffy sleeves anyone?) and excess pairs of black pants also made the list.
So this week’s assignment is to get rid of those things. Simple enough, right? This is just a warm-up for a more extensive purge in future weeks, but you’ll be amazed how much more user-friendly your wardrobe will immediately feel with fewer items competing for your attention.
If you get on a roll with this, you might tackle your shoe collection and the stash of orphan earrings and broken necklaces too.
Things from this round are probably not donation-worthy, and landfills don’t need any more clothing, so please do an internet search for a textile recycler in you area and dispose of them responsibly.
Keep a count of how many items you remove … and share in the comments. It can be reassuring to learn that you’re “not the only one”. Happy purging!
Read tips for organizing the keepers HERE.