Nobody likes to downsize but it actually changed the life of my wardrobe when it was my only option to move from CA➡️NY. The whole less is more practice made complete sense after I gutted what I felt like my life's work. Letting go of the 1996 Disneyland sweatshirt was difficult but it was sacrificed for the woman I am today.
- •TAKE OUT ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHINGCloset hoarders like myself will only take out what they think they may not need anymore, but still stash the plaid mini skirt from Clueless that is 1/2 am inch too small because "maybe one day...". No. Throw it all in one pile.
- •MICRO ORGANIZEYour level of OCD doesn't matter, however you shouldn't be too vague. Begin to make piles of whatever the classes your clothes qualify under: Denim, Blouses, Dresses (Evening dresses, Day Dresses, etc.)
- •PROCESS OF ELIMINATIONThe hardest part. Grab some kind of supervisor if you feel under qualified.Here are the questions to ask yourself...
- •DOES IT ACTUALLY FIT?If you immediately find yourself saying "I plan on losing.." or "Just in case I blow up again" GET RID OF IT. It's not mentally healthy to have those items keep you imprisoned. Getting rid of my fat jeans was probably one of the biggest milestones to overcome, and has helped me accept the body I currently have.
- •HAVE I WORN IT IN THE LAST 4 MONTHS?And what was the occasion? The only thing that can be kept if not worn in the last 4 months are evening dresses or your high school prom dress that you want to pass down to your daughter (born or unborn). But don't forget to refer to question 1.
- •WHAT'S THE CURRENT CONDITION?DO NOT keep if: Snagged, extremely pilled, deodorant stained, stretched out or if the color has faded.
- •CAN I WEAR THIS WITH THREE OTHER OUTFITS?This is where creativity comes into place. This was the question that took me from getting rid of 5 things to 20 things. Keep in mind that you are thinking of things to wear on a day-to-day basis.
- •FIND AN OUTSIDE SOURCEThis is where the truth comes out after your work. Find your best friend to inspect what you have accomplished and go through each item and she/he can agree or disagree with the choices you've made. Asking yourself to let things go is tough, but having someone else makes it easier.
- •YOU'RE DONE! DONATE!