Saturday, May 16, 2015

Cleaning out the closet - why bother?

Posted by Amanda Villaruel |
So, why should you bother cleaning out the closet?

Yesterday I decided to take another round with the wardrobe. When it comes to my closet, I'm a procrastinator. I'll delay the process if I can. But the more I delay, the more frustrated I become.

You'll come to a point when you think that enough is enough! ;-)
Reasons for cleaning out your closet once in a while
Reasons for cleaning out your closet once in a while

 
If you clean out the closet:
  1. You get less frustrated because you have a more organized wardrobe. Frustration over our wardrobes is such a waste of time. With work, a social life and maybe kids, you pretty much want to use your time better ;-)

  2. You won't be thinking "oh crap, I've got nothing to wear" because you actually have a lot to wear :-) 

  3. You'll rediscover your wardrobe, maybe even find clothes with the tags still on

  4. You get to re-use clothes that you had forgotten about, that were placed in the back of the closet. Some of them may be old favorites!
Cleaning out the closet thoroughly can take many hours. Yes, maybe a day or two.
My collection of leggings
I own more leggings than jeans and pants! :-)

I used the whole day and evening to sort out clothes, but I ate, danced and drank wine while doing it. Make it fun and enjoy the process! :-)

Sorting out clothes - can't complain that I don't have enough clothing!
Sorting out clothes - can't complain that I don't have enough clothing!

You should try the clothes before you decide to discard them, because when you wear them you might change your mind. When we haven't worn something for a long time, all it takes is the feeling of how it (still) fits your body.
Trying out clothes: churidar from my earlier trips to India, dotted leggings from Minimum and some old maroon jeans from Zara
Trying out clothes: churidar from my earlier trips to India, dotted leggings from Minimum
and some old maroon jeans from Zara - I kept all of them!

I found some old jeans that I was so ready to get rid of because I haven't worn them for over a year, but when I tried them on.... yep, I changed my mind!

And speaking of finding clothes that I had forgotten about. I found this really cute top that I bought two years ago from the Danish brand Marlene Birger, a vintage wool cardigan with sheep print from Barcelona and a vintage top from a local shop here in Oslo. And a retro cardigan bought at Forever 21 in London, three years ago. It's like winning the jackpot! ;-))
Vintage cardigan from Barcelona, vintage top from Velouria Vintage, off-white top from Marlene Birger and a thin cardigan from Forever 21
Vintage cardigan from Barcelona, vintage top from Velouria Vintage, off-white top
from Marlene Birger and a thin cardigan from Forever 21

The result: yeah, ideally you should have more space between the garments so the clothing won't wrinkle. I'm just glad that the clothes can now hang more freely. I forgot to take a photo of how my wardrobe looked like before I started the sorting process.

I've sorted out so many clothes that I can actually see what I have in the back of the closet! (photo to the right) For the underwear, socks and bras I use organizer boxes that I got for my birthday a couple of years ago (they were bought on eBay by my sister).
A tidy and organized wardrobe after sorting out
A tidy and organized wardrobe after sorting out

So, what to do with the clothes you want to get rid of?

The easy way would be to donate them to thrift stores. But to make it more fun, why not ask and invite friends over so they can try out some of the clothes? :-)

Once I had cleaned out the closet, I contacted a few of my closest friends who are coming by next week. My cousin visited me today, and grabbed a great never-worn dress in cobalt blue from Forever 21, an old boho cardigan that I bought six years ago, a cardigan from Mango that I bought 9-10 years ago and some tops.

Next week I'll be having a clothing swap with one of my oldest friends :-)


Continue to read: 
My personal tips on how to go thrifting.

How to build a sustainable wardrobe (from scratch).


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