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>The Great Semi-Annual Closet Purge

09/21/2010 13 Comments

>The Great Semi-Annual Closet Purge

09/21/2010 13 Comments

>When the seasons change (which in Florida is less about the four seasons and more about the change in weather from hot-to-cooler and cooler-to-hot) I get the itch for major closet cleaning. I’m happy with the size of my closet, but it requires some pruning to keep it organized. There are a few self-imposed rules that I stick to when I tackle this semiannual project:

1. If it doesn’t fit, you must [a]quit it. I think most ladies keep a “range” of sizes in their closet because our bodies seem to stretch and shrink like magic dough throughout the month (I prefer the shrinking to the stretching, but the latter seems to occur more often for me). I used to hold on to my teeny tiny sizes because I’d convinced myself I’d fit back into them one day, but then I realized that this is nasty self-torture and started to eliminate them from my wardrobe. Now, if something is too small — or big — it gets the boot. 
2. Trash the trendy stuff. When I shop, I splurge on classic staples and scrimp on trendy items. Since I buy these things on the cheap, by the time the season changes they’re usually threadbare and past their prime. Items like this don’t need to take up precious closet space, so they get weeded out. 
3. If you haven’t worn it in 12 months, you’re probably never going to wear it again. This is a tough one, and I’ve had some regrets from following this rule, but it’s a non-negotiable for me. The only exceptions are expensive suiting separates and cocktail dresses, and other investment pieces. On the other side of the coin… if I’ve worn a piece to death, sometimes I feel it’s best for it to move along, too.
In the most recent purge, I updated the Shop My Closet page with LOTS of great pieces. I’ll be adding more over the coming weeks. Here’s a little preview: 
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I'm a small town lady from the sunshine state with an affinity for bookstores, beauty counters and unfussy style. I spend my days running my flower shop, and my nights blogging about what I love and what I wear. (Or watching Netflix and drinking wine.)

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  • […] the last year, I got a little overzealous with the closet purging. It’s kind of like tweezing your eyebrows: You start with good intentions for just a little […]

  • […] Stop purging for a while. I have a weird compulsive habit to go through my closet every few months and get rid of mounds of clothes at a time. If I […]

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    […] heart a’flutter, it appeared that a well-dressed petite lady with my size and style had just purged her closet and donated it all to this very thrift store. I walked {read: strutted with head held high} out of […]

  • Lian 05/17/2011 at 12:29 am

    >I like your tips, they're pretty much the same rules I've given myself a couple of years ago and they do work. Sometimes it's indeed hard (and yes, I wanted to wear my blue sweater when I remembered I threw it away a couple of months before), but in the end I always feel relieved and satisfied. I also use these rules this with my partner's clothes, or else he would save everything…

  • Lian 05/17/2011 at 12:29 am

    >I like your tips, they're pretty much the same rules I've given myself a couple of years ago and they do work. Sometimes it's indeed hard (and yes, I wanted to wear my blue sweater when I remembered I threw it away a couple of months before), but in the end I always feel relieved and satisfied. I also use these rules this with my partner's clothes, or else he would save everything…

  • Colleen McCloskey 05/17/2011 at 12:28 am

    >I wore a dress recently that I hadn't worn in 8 years! The not wearing it in a year scares the crap out of me.

  • Samantha 09/22/2010 at 9:27 pm

    >I love your tips! I follow the same ones even though it's so hard sometimes! This has inspired me to go through my closet tonight..-Samanthahttp://sincerelysamantha.com

  • Collette Osuna 09/22/2010 at 10:43 am

    >Hello…good for you for being able to do this…i totally purges my closet a month ago….and its filled right back up, lolStatements in Fashion Blog

  • Grace, Money Smart Fashion 09/22/2010 at 10:13 am

    >These are rules that i've come to live by as well! Except I have a very difficult time with the last one! I have a few items that I refuse to give up on that appear once every 12 months or so.

  • MONKEYFACE 09/22/2010 at 12:10 am

    >I feel the exact same way as you with tip #3 – it's painful but necessary. Every once in a blue moon I'll go looking for that one piece that I purged and regret it but those moments are fleeting. Overall these are great guidelines to follow!

  • Kate 09/21/2010 at 10:03 pm

    >hi! I just stumbled upon your sweet little blog and couldn't help but hit the follow button! I look forward to following your adventures in the future! xo, Kate

  • elizabethashleyphoto 09/21/2010 at 6:56 pm

    >Thanks for the tips! I liked your previous post on closet organization a lot too!I wish I could get myself into a "purging mode" but it is SO hard for me to get rid of stuff, and I just end up all frustrated with myself. I'm sure a lot of women have this problem, so you are strong to stick by your rules! Hopefully I'll get there one day!

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