The Great Wardrobe Purge

It seems like a cliche joke to say, as a woman, I have a lot of clothes. I have a decent amount of shoes too, but I only wear a handful of pairs, so I tend to forget about this… However, I have a hard time getting rid of things, but an easy time shopping.

My current apartment doesn’t have storage. So I see this mass accumulation of clothing every day. It sits in various corners of my bedroom. Each time I’d go shopping for new clothes, I’d come home to those piles and wonder what I was doing. But I knew I’d probably never wear those clothes again, so I continued to “rebuild” my wardrobe. Eventually I’d figure out what to do with all those unworn clothes.

Well, I finally decided to do something about all of this. And it’s pretty much what I’ve had going in the back of my mind the entire time. A Great Wardrobe Purge. Time to get rid of everything I haven’t worn in a year or long that aren’t some sort of keepsake (like the skirt I bought in South Africa)*…

A lot of these clothes are in good condition. So I’m inviting some Chicago lady friends over to have their pick of the clothes. Whatever’s left of the dress clothes will go to my sisters to pick over… then the rest will get donated or trashed depending on condition.

It feels good to get this going. Until recently, I didn’t properly utilize my closet or my dresser. My whole bedroom felt more like a storage room with a bed in it than not. I’ll still have some boxes to deal with after The Purge, but it’ll feel more like a bedroom. In fact, after just this weekend, it’s already feeling better. I started by taking all the new clothes I just purchased, and the last few loads of clean laundry and hanging them up or folding them and putting them in the dresser.

I still have a long way to go… but now that I’m not traveling every weekend, I finally have time to get to work on this! My goal is to have all of the old stuff cleared out by the end of the August at the latest.

*I’ve loved being able to go through my grandma’s old wardrobe (the furniture, not just her clothes), and seeing her old outfits as well as my aunts’… I’d like my niece as well as any future generations to be able to do the same. But only select pieces.