The Closet Challenge : Purging + Soul Searching

As it’s now late into July, and the weather is finally becoming consistently gorgeous, it’s high time I finally pack away the last of the cold weather items. This brings me to my first round of purging since beginning the challenge. Here are some questions I’m asking myself as I put away the off season items and pulling out things for the upcoming season :

Did I wear this at all since doing my last closet change?

Was it comfortable and/or fitting correctly when I last wore it?

Can I wear it any other season?

If I were out shopping today would I buy this?

Does it bring me joy?

Are there duplicates? Do I need multiples of this item?

Do I feel confident when I wear this? (Do I pull, tug, retuck, tweak, itch, or do anything distracting when I wear this?)

Is the material difficult to clean, keep unwrinkled, or hold it’s shape?

Does it have tags on it?

Am I keeping it only because of fond memories attached to it?

Also, I spent time looking through everything closely to check for stains, tears, or inconsistencies. Ultimately, I’m looking to make four piles : trash, donate, sell, repair. Everything I’m keeping for this season gets loaded into the closet; everything I’m keeping from the off season gets loaded into a bin for storage.

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Here’re my totals for the purge :

Outerwear:

Cardigans – 1

Blazers & Lightweight Jackets – 7

Coats

Tops:

Sweaters – 7

Long Sleeve Tees –

Short Sleeve Tees – 9

Sleeveless Blouses – 11

Sleeved Blouses – 9

Button Front – 4

Dresses – 18

Bottoms:
Skirts – 10

Shorts – 4

Jeans (this includes black) – 1

Solid Color Pants – 5

Capris & Crops – 2

Accessories

Bags

Scarves – 6

Belts – 2

Shoes:

Boots

Flats

Heels

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Closet Challenge : One Month Review / Trial Separation + Learnings

The mind is a fickle thing, resolve can be weak, and I’ll be the first to admit that there are still (still!) things in my closet that I really don’t want or need. How does this happen? Even now! I’m on a roll, getting rid of things I don’t need… “Throw it ALL away!” (I’ll yell this battle cry during a purge only to not throw away nearly as much as I should).

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To get Purge Round Two in motion I decided to embark on a trial separation from the items I don’t really need but can’t seem to let go. The plan here is to move those items to another closet and hope that out of sight, out of mind comes into play. After a month I’ll do a check and decide what I can toss; if I think of or miss something during that month I’ll be allowed to shop it out of the separation closet and add it back into my closet. When the month passes I will toss those things I’ve forgotten about or not needed, not matter how bad I might want to packrat them away.

The decision of what goes in the separation closet is a tough one; it’s hard to keep emotions out of it. It’s been six weeks since I started this challenge, purged my closet, and changed seasons so I do have a good idea of what’s being worn and what’s just hanging around. The trouble is not thinking “what if” about things. If I need it, I’ll be just a few steps away. No need to have a panic attack. Yet.