Monday, February 09, 2015

A Simplified Wardrobe


Last week I made the sudden decision to purge and reorganize my closet + dresser drawers. It was nearing the end of the day and I had nothing better to do was avoiding starting dinner at the time. I went in full force. Hangers flew, clothing was tossed about as if a tornado had touched down. I'm exaggerating just a teensy bit. In all actuality, it wasn't as daunting as I imagined it would be. I'd had enough of the disorganized heap that resembled a rack at Goodwill instead of a well-rounded wardrobe. I wanted to simplify the pieces I had managed to collect over the past few years.

Working at Target hasn't helped my impulsive bargain buys in the least bit. More often than not, I come home after my shift with clothes that were just "too good to pass up" because they were 30-70% off. Without considering if those clothes would match with items I already owned, I bought them. A good portion of those items remained unworn along with the other random pieces I'd scored off various clearance racks. After going through everything I owned and keeping my favorites (items I wear the most), I decided that I needed to be more intentional with all future purchases.




Now, the purging process wasn't at all painful. Granted, there were a couple of pieces that were difficult to part with due to sentimental reasons — after my dad passed away, I made 2 tank tops from his old t-shirts. I don't wear them that much, but I couldn't give them away. By following a few simple tips and asking myself 5 key questions for each item, I was able to sort through all of it quickly and effortlessly. Also, since doing this, I've noticed that I spend way less time standing in front of my closet wondering what to wear. It's so much easier to put outfits together.

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