Over here at Midwestern Musing, we do not have a horribly difficult time with purging, unless, of course, we take into account clothing. We’re talking clothing from ten years ago, stacks of vintage clothing that I HAVE NEVER WORN, and some items with the tags still on them. (There is no way that I am the only one that is guilty of this.)
A few years ago, when my mother was helping me move into my apartment in Texas, she was going through my closet, hemming and hawing about the amount of clothing I had hoarded and left unworn. The woman called me out, and it still kind of stings. It was then, because of my dear mother (and I will never again admit this) that I started a one year fast from purchasing clothing.
It was shockingly easy, and led me down the slow and grinding path of minimalism that I am hoping to delve even deeper into today. It also taught me these five simple facts:
1) Yo, girl, you have a shopping problem and there is no room for that in your baller-on-a-budget lifestyle. Alas, I am much better at this today, but sometimes a reminder is needed.
2) You are a borderline clothing hoarder of items that even have holes in them, that you have not worn in like seven years.
3) You do not need new stuff all the time.
4) No, you will NEVER get that button sewn onto the $.50 sweater that you got at Goodwill. EVER. Your personal history and array of worn clothing has taught you this. Donate it. It was not a bargain.
5) You will be much happier with less.
Number five is the real kicker. Number five is spot on. Number five also kind of freaks me out in an exhilarating way, kind of like the time I was peer pressured into cliff-diving at summer camp, but that is neither here nor there.
Here is my method to the madness:
- It is flattering
- I LOVE it and cannot live without it
- It fits into my predetermined color palette, or compliments it
- Super cute, but I never wear it
- Super cute, but it is not currently sitting in the pile of laundry that has accumulated over the last month. AKA I never wear it.
- Super cute, but not my size
- Super cute, but not my age
- Super cute, but not modest enough for my lifestyle
- Items that have sat in my Etsy/Ebay shop for entirely too long
- Items that I have not sold at my garage sale
- Items that have seen their last days
Pretty simple, really. My goal is to keep less that 75 items after my initial purge and then sift through my pile several times. I am going to allow myself to keep items that I know I would like to replace with a more durable version, i.e. camisoles and undershirts, but that need to be integrated into my budget. At the end of my garage sale, I will likely throw some loot toward these items.
Stay tuned for a reveal! Also, if you would like to capitalize on my purge, check out my Etsy shop for vintage items and my Ebay shop for gently used items. I will be posting new items online very soon!
Is anyone else tackling this same problem? Has anyone out there overcome this?