If you follow my 101 in 1001 project, you'll know that #4 on my list is to curate a capsule wardrobe and #17 is to donate 101 things I no longer need. I've wanted to put together a capsule wardrobe for so long, but I knew that I really needed a good closet purge to simplify what I owned before I could do that. So, this weekend, I opened my closet doors and got started.
I began by yanking everything off the hangers. I mean EVERYTHING. In a very Konmari method kind of way, I piled things up on my bed in categories and went through them accordingly. This is what I started off with...
It came to my attention that I owned a lot of bulky clothing: lots of sweatshirts and chunky sweaters and sweatpants that weren't stylish and did nothing for my figure, so most of these items had to go.
The very first thing I did was get rid of anything that had holes or rips, seams or hems that were coming out or just looked worn. These items went in the trash. Then, I used the "six month rule" and tossed any article I hadn't worn in six months or less. Next, I asked myself, if I saw that piece in a shop, would I purchase it today? Any items removed at this point were put in a donation pile.
Finally, I tried on everything remaining on my bed. I checked the fit of each and every item because I wasn't going to keep anything that didn't flatter my figure as it was today. I have, in the past, saved clothing that was a size too small (or big) "in case" I lost (or gained) weight, but I simply don't have the space to do that now. If I didn't look and feel great in it, it had to go.
This is what I was left with...
As you can see, I cut down on a lot of the "bulk" which will save a ton of space in my closet and my drawers. I will share a dedicated capsule wardrobe post a bit later, as it will take some time for me to organize everything and curate the things I have and pick up a few new staples. Stay turned for that.
Now for the big reveal... This is my purge pile. This does NOT include the items I trashed or the shoes and accessories I added to the donation pile after this photo was taken.
All in all, I will be donating 102 items total! I could not believe I could part with that many things before I finished this project, but I'm so happy to have all the extra space in my closet.
These items will be going to a local battered women's shelter here in the tri-state area and hopefully, the women there can use them. There are quite a few business/professional pieces that might help in some of these gals being able to find work so they are able to support themselves. I love causes that empower women who have been through tough times and are trying to get back on their feet!
Have you ever done a major closet purge before? What items do you have a hard time letting go of?
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