Minimizing My Wardrobe – A Step By Step Plan

Step By Step, Paw by Paw

Step By Step, Paw by Paw

It’s not New Years day just yet, but who needs to wait till the clock strikes 12. Sure, its been a few weeks since we last blogged, but that doesn’t mean I have to give up or wait for the new year to start again. Instead I’m just going to keep going. So, I present to you my 4 Step Solution for closet clutter.

Step 1: Sort all clothing: Create 3 piles – Keep, Donate, and Consign. Only keep the items I really love and donate all items that I haven’t worn in a month, that are beyond repair and that don’t match anything.

Step 2: Reduce items again: Build a wardrobe with the goal of only owning 40 items (clothing, accessories, jewelry, outerwear and shoes) Choose pieces that will meet all of my needs, which includes work and social functions. Toss clothes that don’t match anything and keep comfort and ease in mind. If the final tally is not 40, continue to Step 3 – Turn Around The Hanger Game.

Step 3: Turn Around the Hanger Game. Hang all clothes in closet for two weeks. After the first week, wash all used clothes and hang back up, but turn around the hangers. Don’t wear these clothes the second week. After week 2 remove all items on forward-facing hangers. Donate and consign.

Step 4: Follow through with the donation, consignment and recycling: Yes, I have to add this step, because I’m really good at organizing stuff and leaving it to sit in bags for years. All money made from consignment will go to paying off debt (one of my other goals. Hit two birds with one stone!).

Time Limit: 1 month
Repeat process for seasonal wardrobes

I will blog about each step and as I face the hard questions, “Do I have to donate it? That purse matches my holiday dresses!” I will make note of them too. I’m not entirely sure how well my plan will go, but I’m excited to give it a try. And if I fail completely, well…what the heck, I’ll just grab a handful of clothes and toss them in the recycling bin, because what’s really holding me back? Fear.

3 Responses to Minimizing My Wardrobe – A Step By Step Plan

  1. […] first I expected Step 3 to be terribly difficult, but with each day and a turn of the hangers I started to see how easy it could be. However, it wasn’t necessarily the ‘Turn Around the […]

  2. […] be the smallest – Rowdy Kittens and Miss Minimalist have got me beat, but I’m very proud. I took a mountain of chaotic dresses and knotted scarves and transformed it into a manageable, appropriate […]

  3. Aw, this was a really good post. Taking the time and actual effort to create a top
    notch article… but what can I say… I procrastinate a lot and never manage to get
    nearly anything done.

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