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It’s that time of the year again – while I try to purge throughout the year (and I do, a little bit), I like to do one big clean sweep in the spring time of clothing, shoes, and accessories to get things organized and get a good glimpse at what my inventory looks like. I’m hosting my annual clothing swap this coming weekend which seemed quite successful last year. It’s really an excuse to see my girlfriends and sip on some spring-like cocktails. They bring items they would like to pass on and can bring anything home that tickles their fancy! The best part of it all is that we just donate whatever is left to goodwill and just like that we have created more space in our homes. As I shared earlier, Andrew and I installed a new wardrobe and I promise I will share the before and after pics, just have a couple more tweaks to make.
That being said, I’ve been eyeing pieces that I haven’t worn in a while and am mustering up the will to say goodbye. I’m terrible at this as most of the time I can think of an opportunity to wear something but when that opportunity comes, I more often than not, reach for a newer piece of clothing. I’m making some ground rules and or questions to ask myself this year and figured I would share in case you are doing the same:
- Worn recently? I think this is the most obvious one. And by recently I mean within the last season. I realize that there is a rule of thumb out there that says you should wait and see if you have worn it within the past 2 seasons but I’m dealing with limited and prime real estate here and need to be cut throat.
- Do you like how you feel in it? READ – does it fit you properly? I won’t tell you how many pair of old pants that I have that are just a little bit too small and I’m totally going to lose that 5lbs and fit into them again right? Not worth holding onto them! Just get out there and purchase a pair that actually fits you now and you can wear and enjoy.
- Repair or Farewell – I have a tendency to hold onto something that needs a new button or requires a quick stitch. I’m handy with a needle and thread yet some repairs call for a proper machine. Well the jig is up – if it’s been a year and if you haven’t taken it in, then you probably won’t and you certainly don’t “need” it any longer. Chances are you purchased a replacement months ago.
- Let go of anything that doesn’t fit with your vision – I don’t think I’m the only person in the world who has a vision for their wardrobe but hear me out. I like to think of my closet as an extension of who I am – meaning if someone picks out a piece they would instantly recognize that it would be something that Kelly Lynn would wear. This is your chance to create a tone for your style and edit and curate it to your liking.
- Worse for wear? Sometimes our clothes get damaged beyond repair and yet we are super attached to them. For example, I am a HUGE fan of white dress shirts yet they can age really quickly, your collar and cuffs are the first signs of that and it takes my annual sweep to realize that it’s time to bid adieu. (note: I don’t put the damaged or dirty things into my clothing swap! That would just be poor taste, come on!)