This week was hard. I was moving into a new flat and my main activities were packing and cleaning. Packing…. pfff! I hate it to guts!
Fitting all my belongings into a few suitcases is quite of a challenge. It is cos of the number of clothes I owe. Trying to describe it with words, I fail. I feel words like massive, gigantic, colossal or enormous doesn’t reflect this ridiculous amount. But back to the subject, fitting this inconceivable amount of clothes into only two suitcases.
Same as you don’t have to be an outstanding mathematician to know that a mass of a sun is bigger than my ass, I did not have to ponder for ages to realize simple facts. The only way my clothes fits in my suitcases is I get rid of half of it. And as soon I became aware of it, surprisingly, I got excited. Surprisingly cos I get attached to my clothes and hate throwing them away. This time was different, though. After all the things that happened during the winter, all the changes, moving on with my life and blah blah blah, I unexpectedly liked an idea of leaving all the past behind, together with tons of my clothes.
Wanna get rid of clothes? Clean your closet! There is no better way to reduce wardrobe size, than through a detailed clean up. And so I did one. I was ruthless.
It was not my first cleanup, so I was quasi prepared for it. For example, I used a questionnaire I created long long time ago. It hits right to the point and find each garments weaknesses. Are you also thinking about closet clean up? Use my guidelines and you will go through it painlessly.
7 questions to ask, before you decide to keep a piece of clothing.
1. WHEN DID I WEAR IT LAST TIME?
I can’t stress enough importance of this one. If I wore something last week or last month, obviously, the item stays. If not, I learn the reasons why. Toss whatever you have doubts about.
RESULT: A closet full of clothes you like.
2. WHERE WILL I WEAR IT?
Keep clothes usable on a day to day basis and reduce the amount of all the rest. Is it good for a weather in your city? How often you can wear it to the school/office? Does it fit the dress code you need to follow? These and more questions help me to determine how much use you will have of the piece in your hand’s. The more usable it is, the more you should keep it.
RESULT: closet for a day to day use
3. DOES IT STILL LOOK GOOD?
When I love an item, I wear it to death. And so colors of my fav denim fade, white tees turn gray, and knitwear stretches. Toss it when it doesn’t look good enough, cos most probably you won’t wear it much.
RESULT: closet free of destroyed clothes
4. DO I FEEL COMFORTABLE IN IT?
Never leave home in uncomfy clothes. You wont look glamorous, worrying about too big cleavage or annoyed with fabric that itches your skin. Toss all the things that bothers you.
RESULT: a closet full of wearable clothes.
5. DOES IT MATCH ITEMS IN MY CLOSET?
I won’t change whole wardrobe cos of one piece. If it doesn’t match, there is no reason to keep it. Toss all the things that are lonely rangers.
RESULT: closet easy to style
6. DID I TRY IT MORE THAN 3 TIMES WITHOUT WEARING IT?
If yes, most definitely next time I won’t take it out for a walk either. I don’t pity these things that are not my favorites. I toss them and feel free.
RESULT: junk free closet
7. IF IT DOESN’T FIT, WILL I TAILOR IT TOMORROW?
If not, probably I don’t want it strongly enough to keep it. Toss what doesn’t fit you.
RESULT: clothes ready to wear.
Following these, I got rid of the half of my stuff and now I feel lighter and happier. Check HERE to see piles of clothes I got rid of. On pictures below a few items I posted on ebay, rest I have shared with friends or donated to charity.
How do you like this questionnaire? Would you add anything? Let me know in comments below 😀