Fashion: Keep, Recycle, or Reject

How many of you are holding onto clothes you may or may not ever wear again? I know I have been very guilty of this. I have been purging lately and have made some major donations as well as started a pintrest swap board. Granted I have always donated clothing that my kids grew out of, and things that were obviously not going to get any wear. Sometimes though it is really difficult to get rid of those Levi’s 501 Button Downs from the 70’s, or a item that has some kind of odd emotional attachment. 

A good rule of thumb, and I am sure a lot of you have heard this one, is that if you have not worn it in 3 months, get rid of it. I think this rule is used more often with things, household goods, odds and ends. Perhaps for some the rule is 1 month but regardless my rule is 3 months and works for clothing as well. I am not suggesting this rule for an evening gown that you keep around just in case, or for your wedding dress obviously but for clothes that should be every day wear I feel it is a fair rule. 

One idea that I heard a long time ago was if the item simply serves some kind of emotional attachment, but you know you will never wear it again, take a photo of it. I know it sounds a little hokey but at least you have it in some format. 

Items that are too small we may keep around thinking we will lose the weight, and perhaps we will, but if the item is from high school and you are in your 40’s not only is the chance of it truly fitting the way it once did slim, but are you being honest if the item will even be in style if you can wear it again? And besides if you do lose the weight, especially if you get to your high school weight, why not reward yourself with some new clothes! 

Items that are too large, well, many of us women who fluctuate in weight frequently tend to keep a size up around for that reason, sometimes that is a good idea, but not always. In a way it allows us “permission” to fluctuate! Mind over matter right? However, unless you are trying to gain back weight, which is a real thing too, not everyone is trying to be thinner, you should probably let go of the larger clothing. 

There are more ways than ever to get rid of un-needed clothing these days. We have all of the places you can donate to that have been around forever, thrift stores, local college campuses often do clothing drives for multiple purposes, we have Pintrest where you can make a clothing swap board, and you can of course list on many sites, not just ebay either! We have places now online where you can get a box or bag mailed to you (for free), send in your clothing, they will clean them and list them on their website, sell them, ship them, and send you a fair payment. Threadup is one of these sites but there are others like them. Facebook even has clothing swap groups, I run one of them! 

Let go of the past and welcome the present. Its not even about what fashion is in style right now, as there are always pieces that are classic and timeless! Its about a mental perspective, an attitude, and a permission to let go of the idea of the past so that you can live fully in the now. Not that the past is something to forget about, I will always remember the styles of the 70’s as I was growing up, and good riddens to bell bottom jeans for that matter, I hope they never make a comeback! Although Bohemian style has adapted a lot of the 70’s look as you can see in an earlier post, it is not the same as todays Boho style. 

Allow yourself to get past the mental reasons to cling to clothes you won’t wear or can’t wear so that you can clear up your space for the stuff you can, and will! 

My closet. It is tiny in size, but skimmed down to things I wear. 
I love a tidy closet! 
(can’t wait for our move, larger closet!)

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