Few days ago I pulled apart my whole entire closet and completely reorganized it. I went through everything I had in it. My room looked like a tornado went thru it literally. The clothes, shoes and accessories where covering everything everywhere. At some point while I was under a pile of things Dali snuck into my room, put my pearl necklace, glasses and hat on....and started to pose for ootd trying to imitate me LOL ..... he realized quickly I caught him red handed. When he heard the camera clicking sound from my phone he started laughing ....because he realized I took pictures of him wearing girl's stuff .....he made me laugh so bad my stomach and mouth hurt ....and tears where everywhere LOL. Good thing he didn't find my shoes!, oh wait....they don't fit him anyway LOL.
I think it's important to "spring clean" your wardrobe/closet few times a year and not just in the spring :). Sometimes I have items I buy that don't last long and have to be tossed. Other times I have things that don't really fit properly or have become unflattering due to weight changes or just wear and tear, need to be fixed or I simply don't wear them often/anymore. And then there are those times we have things with tags on them we love ....but our closet is so disorganized we can't see them or find them. I know I have had this issue few days ago which is why I decided to go thru everything.
By the time I was done I could see and find everything even though my closet space is fairly small and dark. I usually have to use a stool to help me reach highest shelves above my hanger rack because I'm only 5.4 tall ....or should I say short.
For me going thru everything makes me in a way feel inspired to pair outfits together. I end up finding things I forgotten I had and love. You could say that I'm a neat freak in a way. I dislike mess a lot and because I spend substantial amount of money on clothes I want to make sure they are taken care of properly and worn often.
A good rule of thumb is to give yourself enough of time to properly go thru everything. Set a side a whole entire day where you are free just to focus on this one thing if you have to. If doing this is too time consuming on your schedule or maybe to overwhelming you still have options. You can section out your closet into different sections and focus on organizing a specific area each time you are free and have a bit of time. I know it can be pretty overwhelming to get rid of a lot of stuff for many people because sometime we hold on to many things because of their sentimental value even when we are quite aware that they don't "work" for us. Other times we keep a lot of things because we feel uncomfortable having an almost empty closet or we simply cannot afford to replace a whole new wardrobe all at one. I get that. It certainly takes time to build your wardrobe, it takes money but most
of all proper knowledge and understanding what works and what doesn't and why.
On top of that you need to be strong enough to say "No" and learn to let go of those sentimental pieces that bring us memories but look horrendous on or are from a completely different era. If you have to keep an item or two that is fine, store them in a storage bin somewhere but learn to say no to clutter and hoarding. Doing this IS NOT HEALTHY to begin with, your worth is not defined by the material possessions in you closet. Those are constantly changing. You are worth much more than that and those items hog the space in our closet for no practical reason. If you feel kind of "Meh" about an item IT SHOULD GO! If you don't absolutely 100% love it it should go! I always end up with three piles. A KEEP pile, a DONATE pile and a TRASH pile. Few good questions to ask yourself when cleaning out your closet that should make your decision much easier are:
1. Does this fit?
2. Have I worn this in the last 12 months?
3. Is it likely I will ever wear this again?
4. Is this currently in style, and/or does this still accurately represent my style?
5. If this is damaged in any way (e.g., piling, rips, stains, missing buttons, broken zippers, fading,
etc.), will I actually make the effort to get this repaired in the near future?
6. If I was shopping right now, would I buy this?
7. And most importantly: Do I feel confident when I wear this?
The goal is always to purge things no longer used to make space for things I love. I don't quite know how to explain it, but I love the feeling of joy and that burst of inspiration when I open my closet each time I'm about to get dressed. I'm standing there looking thru all the colors and patterns neatly organized while I pair together hundreds of outfits together in my head ......I'm not exactly sure if I'm the only one loving or doing this but I can assure you that this to me it is quite therapeutic.