We live in an apartment with practically zero storage (thanks to turning the bedroom closet into my husband’s cloffice, which has been worth the inconvenience for us). So I’ll preface this post by saying I’m not a minimalist. I’m a lives-in-a-tiny-apartment-ist, so the things in our home really have to earn their keep, because things start to look cluttered very quickly in a small space.
Something seriously had to be done about our clothing situation. I always felt like I had nothing to wear, despite owning plenty of clothes (by my standards). Either the clothes weren’t flattering, weren’t my style anymore or were just not holding up well.
So one Saturday morning, I turned on Hulu, dumped all of our clothes on the bed and got to work. We had three piles – keep, donate and toss.
If we liked the item and have worn it fairly recently (last few months), we put it in the keep pile. Everything that we didn’t keep, but was in good condition, went into the donation pile. Clothes that were fairly worn went into the toss pile.
Next, we tried on everything in our keep pile.
We asked ourselves three questions when trying on the clothes:
- Is it comfortable?
- Does it flatter my shape and do I feel good in it?
- Does it fit my current style/lifestyle?
If it didn’t meet all three of those, it went into the donation pile.
Obviously, pajamas and lounge clothes didn’t have to hold up to the second rule. I did, however have an “open door” policy for the lounge clothes. If I couldn’t open the door in it without looking like I just rolled out of bed, out it went.
After Purging our Clothes:
It’s been a few weeks since we did this and we are so happy that we decided to get rid of most of our clothes!
Less time spent on laundry. We only do a couple loads of laundry per week now. Obviously, you can fold clothes “the normal way” fairly quickly, but I also bought my clothes folder around that time (thanks to seeing my cousin zoom through her laundry while we face-timed!) and between having less clothes to fold and how quick that thing makes folding, I spend way less time dealing with laundry.
We get ready faster. Since we only kept clothes that we like and that we feel comfortable in, getting dressed takes less time. We also look more put together because everything is in our current style and for the most part goes together. Also, we were usually wearing the same few items anyway, so no longer having to sift through all the other pieces that most likely weren’t going to be worn saves time as well.
More Storage. We can each fit all of our clothes in a small rast dresser and in 15” of hanging space on our clothes hanging rod we installed in our laundry closet. In total we have about 30” of hanging space, which is about the width of our washer. This freed up a bit of closet space, and under-bed storage space, mainly the four big bins (we bought those at Ross, but these are similar) and our sliding shoe rack that holds all of our shoes under the bed. Freeing up those bins was a HUGE deal for us.
As my cousin told me when I showed her our makeshift closet space, “the struggle is real.” I’d show you a picture, but it is literally too small to even photograph.
Overall, I’m so glad we did this. I definitely recommend clothes purging to everyone. You’ll have less laundry to do, will spend less time getting ready, and you’ll know you look good in everything you own!