This past spring I came upon the teachings of Marie Kondo which basically says you should only own things that bring you joy. Thinking of my long contentious relationship with clothing I decided that it was time to only own things that bring me joy. I had so many old things that just didn’t fit, had tiny stains or holes I couldn’t repair, and were just things I held onto for no discernible reason.
First thing I did was empty my entire closet into the living room. I took out stuff I flat out hated first. Didn’t matter if someone gave it to me or not. Next was stained items, beyond repair items, stuff that would never fit or didn’t look good on me, ect. I came upon some things I could modify like turning dresses from my teens into skirts.
It took a while and I gave myself that time to cement what I was trying to do. It would be no use to rush and regret. I felt like taking my time with saying bye made sure I was certain these things could go. In the end I fully packed 2 large trashbags and took them down to Goodwill.
Next I separated Spring/Summer from Fall/Winter clothing. I used to do this as a kid and I stopped cause I lived in FL and that pretty much had so little winter wear it made no sense to separate it. But here in GA it actually gets cold so I have a lot more bulky things that it makes sense to divvy them up again. So all the winter wear went into 4 space bags and let me tell you it made everything so much neater. It left room for purses and hats.
All in all it was so worth it. Best of all it let me see what I really wear and what I lacked. Getting dressed is far less of a chore. Now I have room for pieces I like, items that make me feel joy.