Have y'all seen these "hauls" on youtube lately? People go buy tons of clothes (or it's given to them) and then they gab about them in a video. It's mostly cheap, fast fashion.
Well I'm saying it's time to Haul OUT! You know why! You know you can be living with less, saving money, making uncomplicated decisions in the morning, doing simpler laundry, enjoying more space in the closet, and most importantly (in my semi-professional opinion), you will find yourself buying new things with more intention. A new garment has to meet your raised standards to be worthy of your purchase and deserving of a place in your wardrobe.
Get in your closet and GET RID of the things you no longer wear! Give them to a friend, host a clothing swap, donate locally. And pack away the out-of-season items to save yourself some time and stress in the mornings.
My sweet friend Becky let me in her closet recently for a Haul OUT. Becky was nervous about letting go of things and generally what someone else thought of her wardrobe! She was also convinced that she needed more clothes for fall.
*For the record, Becky always looks cute. She knows what colors look good on her, and has a simple, easy style for the casual, stay-at-home SuperMom.
First, we pulled out everything that DOES NOT FIT, and the things that she rarely wears.
Statistic: Women in America have an average of over $500 worth of UNWORN clothing in their closets. Article here.
The things that are a little too tight should be donated. However, if you're honestly working on losing a few pounds, go ahead and store ONLY your favorites in a SMALL box. If they don't fit next year, you need to donate the whole box. THE WHOLE BOX.
Next, we narrowed down to about 15 tops and 8 pants/shorts to wear this fall. It's hot for a few more months here in San Antonio, so we have a few fall-colored tanks & tees, a few pairs of shorts, a few pairs of pants, a few cardigans/hoodies, and a couple jackets. Her modest collection of scarves will help her keep some variety in her look.
She also had a few nice things (a dress or two and a nicer top) that she almost never wears because she felt like they were too dressy for everyday-wear. She agreed to try out wearing them in her normal rotation, especially when she has a lunch date with hubby or a teacher meeting at school. Wear the nice stuff while it's in style! Enjoy your nice things!!
All spring/summer tops and shorts were packed away in a tub. If you're hesitant to do this (like I was), you must try it. Your decisions in the morning will be quicker and easier, and it will be exciting to have a "new" set of clothes to get into in the spring. Do it.
Finally, everything is hung up. The decisions each morning are easier when all of your options are right there in front of you, and it keeps most of the wrinkles out. Hang up your clothes.
Wins of the day:
Becky had a pile to donate and a few things to sell. Win!
We also found a few things we could alter for a quick, cheap update. I helped her sew on black straps to a casual strapless dress, and we took in a couple inches on the lower leg of some jeans to "skinny" them up. Double win!
Becky was thinking she needed a few more things to complete her fall/winter wardrobe, but we discovered that there really was plenty to choose from right there. She gets to save that money now. Triple win!