How to clear out your closet (& what to do with it)

September 21, 2018 by Sarah Moniri

 

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Why should I clear out my closet? I used to hate to clear out my closet, because in some way, I wanted to keep ALL OF IT. This is a bad habit, I think we can all agree on that. You won’t wear everything forever. So after every season, we should get rid of the pieces we didn’t wear a single time. 

 

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How should I clear out my closet? I have 3 simple questions. Do I still like it? Am I only keeping it because of guilt/it was a present? Does it still fit? If you answer those questions with No, Yes, No - it has to go. The things that stay are: memories, stuff that only needs to be tailored, things you absolutely love&feel comfortable in. 

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What do I do with cleared out clothes? I sort them in 3 different ways. Expensive/ Barely worn pieces will be sold( I use Kleiderkreisel for Europe and Depop for the USA). Intact pieces will be donated and the rest will be recycled( I bring my stuff to &otherstories). Believe me, you will feel so much better TO REDUCE your materialism. 

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What can I do to prevent Materialism & Binge shopping? When I go to a store I like, I’m turning into a trance driven zombie who wants more & more clothes. I feel like I want to change my whole style, and in order to do so - I have to buy clothes. I worked out a system to prevent such behaviour : my own capsule wardrobe. I’m allowed to have 4 shopping periods with a certain budget per year. I have to clear out my closet after/before every season, and I have to try to be more thoughtful during shopping. It’s important to know your style, define it, and to ask yourself: is this really me? I’m still working on myself to become a more thoughtful less materialistic shopper, but I’m getting there! 

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hope this was helpful

-xo, sarah.

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