No matter how spacious your closet may be, it has its limits. And so does your schedule. That’s why the first step to building a fantastic wardrobe — one that truly works for you — is to purge your closet of any and all pieces which you do not wear or love to wear.
Of course, such a wardrobe will look different for you than it does for me — or anyone else, for that matter. But if we’re real, it will probably also look at least a tad bit different than your closet currently looks.
Keeping the Goal in View: Not an Empty Closet, but an Intentional One
As one popular blogger puts it, a fantastic wardrobe starts with a “minimal amount of versatile, quality items.” Now, don’t get too hung up on that word “minimal.” Maybe the concept of minimalism and reducing your wardrobe to a certain number of pieces or creating a capsule wardrobe is far from your happy place. That’s okay. Stay with me, though: Instead of defining minimalism by a pat number of items, we can define it by our own purpose, preferences, and passions.
I like this author’s working definition of minimalism: “At its core, minimalism is the intentional promotion of the things we most value and the removal of everything that distracts us from it.” This is the heart of why we purge — not to prove to ourselves or anyone else that we can live with fewer items, but simply to remove the clutter of unnecessary items that distracts us.
Sorting Items According To Reality: Something Only You Can Do
While this step is personal, it may be something you want to do with a friend — someone who knows you well and will be honest with you. One method of preparing for a purge is to sort the items in your closet – yes, every single one! — according to three categories: We’ll call them Release, Keep, and Consider.
If you really struggle with the idea of purging, this reminder might be helpful: “A woman doesn’t need a lot of garments to create a lot of great outfits, she just needs the right mix of garments.” On that note, as you release items that honestly aren’t serving your wardrobe needs, it will be better off in someone else’s closet.
Considering Ways To Re-Home Purged Items: Options To Consider
Certainly, some items may be dated or worn enough to be thrown away. Others will be best converted into rags or used for children’s dress-ups. And certainly, donating items in good shape to those who could not otherwise afford to buy nice clothing or to charities is always a great option. But there’s another one, too: consignment. For your high-fashion items that cost you plenty but are no longer serving your purposes, consigning them at The Penny Pincher Boutique may be the ideal solution that helps you not only to purge your wardrobe but also to begin rebuilding it — the step we’ll be discussing next.
Penny Pincher Boutique
We’re Westchester’s upscale consignment store offering women’s designer clothing, handbags, jewelry, shoes, and so much more. Visit our boutique at 184 Harris Rd in Bedford Hills, NY or shop online at www.pennypincherboutique.com. We also offer a selection of our items for sale on eBay. Shipping is available across the U.S.