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Back in college, one of my best friends Siobhan was having a closet space crisis. She had too many clothes & she realized she wasn't even wearing a lot of them.
So I challenged her to a purging challenge. The deal was, she wasn't allowed to repeat tops until she either went through all her clothes or couldn't do it anymore. What was up for grabs? A 6 pack of course! We had some rules that this was only for the week days & she was allowed to borrow a top once a week.
When she wore a shirt & realized she didn't like it or how it fit, it never made it back to the closet. It sat on her chair until the end of the challenge. Then, she had a great big pile of stuff to donate when she was through!
About 2 years ago, I decided I needed to the same thing. My closet was over flowing, granted I have a very small closet- but I was also realizing I was barely wearing so many of my clothes that I actually liked. I was just grabbing the same go to clothes all the time & I was over it!
So I took the purging challenge & it was a success. I barely got rid of anything however, but I was reminded how much I liked certain tops or dresses. It took me months though, literally months! And there were some days where I had weird combination outfits on, but I was successful!
I recently realized I was running out of room, again & needed to something about it. But when I just look at my clothes, I feel this weird attachment to them & can't just toss a lot of them.
So it's another round of the purging challenge! If you're in the same boat as me, you should try it too!
There are the rules I go by to keep myself going:
1. The purge includes: tops, dresses & skirts
2. This doesn't include super seasonal items if in off season. i.e. winter sweaters during a summer purge
3. Also excluded are your fancy attire or non every day wear clothing items
4. Basic cardigans can be re-worn as can your camisoles
5. You can layer tops & it counts as a one time wear
6. When you're not feeling something, you put it aside right away and donate it!
I think it's a fun way to go through basically your entire wardrobe! I left my tops, dresses & skirts that I had worn, downstairs in the laundry room unwashed until I went through everything. That way, I couldn't cheat! You can also do a mini seasonal purge with sweaters, or tank tops or anything!
I felt really good when it was done- I had a weird sense of accomplishment! There were crazy days where I did not like how I looked or felt but those were the days I knew that to was not getting back in my closet!
Try it out! Let us know how it worked!!!
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