2016 Wardrobe Detox

One of my major goals for 2016 was to simplify my life, and part of that was reducing the quantity of my material possessions. Enter the wardrobe detox.

Yes, I’ve cleaned closets and gone through my storage, and even donated unused kitchen accessories. But one of the most dramatic places impacted by this year’s detox, was my closet.

I was amazed by the sheer amount of things I had stashed away and completely forgotten about. Once I really got into it, I was surprised by how overwhelmed I was. After a few false starts I finally got started tackling the project, so I wanted to share my approach!

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First off, I sorted everything into three categories.

  1. Poshmark – This is the pile for pieces that are new or barely worn, and that are either super classic or super trendy. (I tend towards the first one for the most part)
  2. ThredUp – This was for “fast fashion” pieces, which I’m thrilled to say there were very few of, and some nice, lightly worn, workwear and daily life basics.
  3. Goodwill – This is where everything else ended up! I must have done five separate trips to Goodwill this year. A few just for clothes, but also for housewares, kitchen goods, and other miscellaneous items that ended up in front of me during my cleaning frenzy.

This category system helped me stay organized and not completely lose my mind whilst sitting crosslegged on my floor surrounded by clothes and accessories and paper bags of possessions.

Secondly, I had to actually send/drop things off. And I’m not going to lie, there were bags of clothes sitting around for weeks. In fact, I STILL have a “Poshmark bag” for all the items in my Posh closet so that they’re ready to go out when someone buys them. Luckily, ThredUp makes things exceptionally easy, and you can order a selling kit online. You receive a postage-ready bag to fill and voila!

Finally, and this was actually quite challenging, I had to fight to change my shopping mindset. I’ve gotten in the terrible habit in recent years of just ordering pieces that strike my fancy without really thinking it through. And while the instant gratification was nice, the end result, as I had just witnessed, was a great deal of clothing that I barely, or never, wore.

My plan for 2017 is to continue with simplifying my life when it comes to my wardrobe, and putting thought and consideration into my purchases going forward. That means focusing on quality, not quantity. And no spur of the moment impulse purchases!

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{Drool-worthy images are, tragically, not from my real life, but from my Closet Porn Pinterest Board}

In summary – This was a massive project that took a lot of time and energy, but it was totally worth the effort and surprisingly cathartic. I was totally ready for my move by the time I was done, and I knew I wasn’t carting any unnecessary crap to the new place. I love a fresh start!

Need some more closet clean-up tips? Check out these posts {clearly I LOVE this topic!}: Spring Cleaning Recommendations, Spring Cleaning: Tips & Tricks, and Spring Cleaning: Closet Detox.

Have YOU ever done a wardrobe detox? Any tips?


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One Response to 2016 Wardrobe Detox

  1. Recently, did the same thing before I moved. It was so refreshing and so worth it. Realistically, you don’t need a lot of stuff. It’s all about quality over quantity and you are so right, stop with the impulse buys! Thanks for sharing!

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