Lately I’ve been showing you all the new stuff I’ve been buying for my summer wardrobe. And there’s most likely more to come seeing as I still haven’t found the perfect one piece, and I could always use more dresses.
But there is an ugly side to the changing season shopping, which is running out of room in your closet. There’s stuff from winter that I obviously won’t wear right now, but I love. So what is there to do?
My biggest problem is T-shirts. As y’all know I’m dedicated to picking up T-shirts whenever I can. However, this is a space hazard to my closet. A good way I’ve learned to get rid of some of my old T-shirts is to turn the logo into a patch. Some people make blankets out of their old T-shirts, but I think making the logo into a patch gives me more freedom to be creative. I can put the patch on another clothing piece or something later.
Then, there’s just plain old giving your old (lightly worn) clothes away to a donation center. This can kind of back fire on me because I go thrift shopping a lot, and I’m pretty sure I almost picked up one of my old pieces once. Besides that, it’s a great way to give back to your community and purge your old clothes.
I’ve had to part with some pieces recently that I never thought I’d get rid of. But doing this is like a cleansing experience. I think every season deserves a purge. I still need to get rid of some tank tops that are way too small for me right now. You can purge (and should) with a lot of things. My hardest purging is with my shoes and art supplies. But it really, really, needs to get done.
I get rid of a clothing piece if I can no longer see a new outfit, or at least not one that makes me feel like I want to wear it tomorrow. Also, if the shirt isn’t big enough to become pajamas, it’s got to go.
Jeans are hard to trash, or give away, because new jeans are so expensive. I really am stingy when it comes to jeans. I think that’s way I’ve started to test out new types of shorts and pants. But unfortunately, my life always leads back to a desperate need for a few good pairs of jeans. I no longer want to deny myself that treasure. Some jeans I wear now are so uncomfortable, but I think it’s time to cut them out my life. I recently watched a cool DIY video about using old jean pockets as organization decoration. I think I may try it out. I’ll link the video here.
A few tips for closet purging:
- If the item no longer speaks to you, toss it.
- If you’re really low on room, toss an item that looks similar to another item.
- Try on old clothing pieces you love, but haven’t worn in awhile to see if they still fit. (I have dresses I save for special occasions but when I try them on, they no longer fit me comfortably)
- If an item holds sentimental value, try finding a way to re-purpose it.
- Think of the new clothing you want to buy while tossing old clothes. (It helps)
- Box up seasonal clothing (sweaters, thigh high socks, and jackets) and move them to a new location until that season arrives once more. (Like early Christmas) when you open that box again, you may find pieces you no longer like and completely forgotten about, which will help you toss it.
I hope you found this post helpful. There are Youtube videos you could watch too, if you’re having this similar problem as me.