The Urge to Purge

7 January 2020

I’ve already cleaned the fridge/freezer and the oven. Every beginning of a new year I get the itch to organise, clean and also get rid of things I don’t need or want anymore. I haven’t purged my closet recently, except to remove damaged clothes. They had to be really beyond repair. The most important reason for this is that I had so little clothes for a while that I just kept everything. (You can read more about that in my previous blog post Then the tide changed, but I didn’t. So now I have an urge to purge.

My summer wardrobe before the purge

My winter clothes are packed away, so this process will only involve my summer wardrobe. I excluded active wear and I only have three T-shirts, so I will be hanging on to them too. I also left out my jeans, because I rarely wear jeans in summer.

I took the first step and removed all the items I wear regularly. This is a pile of clothes that I love. The clothes that I know I will wear for a long time.

After I removed the clothes I wanted to keep

Next I made a pile of clothes that I wasn’t sure about. I asked myself what I didn’t like about each item and why I wanted to keep them. Do they have sentimental value, or do I feel guilty about not wanting to keep perfectly good clothing? If I was still unsure, I would try it on and decide then.

Everything else that was still left in my closet, I took off the hangers and folded them. I didn’t even look at them again until the keep pile was back in my closet.

The little pile on the left is for my daughter and the rest is going to our second hand store:

Most of the give away pile is going to our second hand clothing store – My daughter, Karla, will get the few items she’s been nagging me about.

My closet after the purge

I now have 31 items of clothing in my closet. The next step will be to mindfully make a list of clothes I need and want. I really don’t want stuff in my closet that I don’t wear. I want to make better choices.

And of course I will always try to first find what I am looking for at thrift stores. If I have to buy new it will be from a slow fashion brand.

Matilda xo

Published by My Style Journey

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