Minimalism Journey :: Culling the Wardrobe and Culling the Shoe Collection3:24 PM
First: Sorry I disappeared from the blogsphere for so long! I was at a conference that completely destroyed my schedule... I even forgot to take pictures for this post and to write my 7 Good Things of last week.
Yup. We've gotten to the first bit of "get rid of your shit." Culling your wardrobe means going through all of your clothes and throwing away what you don't want or need. This process is naturally scary to anyone ("What if I get rid of that sweater and then I need to wear it a week from now for a very important reason and I can't find anything like it?!"), but I think it was extra scary for me...
As you might remember in my personal style definition post, I was able to determine that I'm a bit of an oddball with fashion. I'm a bit eclectic and I'm drawn to a mixture of things that seemingly don't go together. On top of it, I haven't grown in years. As in I'm a touch under 5' and I stopped growing right before my first year of high school. So I have a lot of clothes. A lot of clothes to look and to think about.
The process took me over 3 hours. Over those 3 hours, I would have an occasional "but what if?" panic. There were pieces that I looked at and said, "There's no way I'd get rid of this" and a couple pieces that I immediately knew needed to leave. But after that long time of dividing up my clothing, I did it.
I had three "piles" that I divided my clothes between: keep, garbage, and give to H&M. H&M will give you 15% off for 1-2 bags of clothing that you donate so that the clothing can have a new life. While I'm not a die-hard H&M fan, I'm looking to replace certain pieces, I need a new purse (I'm notorious for using the same purse for years), and I need some western and camping friendly clothing (*cough* Only Passionately Curious *cough*).
For the shoes, whatever I felt I didn't want, I brought to Goodwill. Very exciting.
Have you ever tried culling your closet? Did it take as long as it took me?!