A common idea among for closet purging that I hear is the “if you haven’t worn it a year, then toss it” rule. While this philosophy can certainly help weed out things that aren’t worth keeping in the long run, it doesn’t always work.
- You may not have worn your wedding dress in the last year. But are you planning to toss that out? What about your grandpa’s hand knit sweater that was left to you? Make room for family heirlooms to stay. (They just don’t necessarily have to be taking up valuable real estate in the closet)
- You may separate outfits or clusters of clothes that don’t function properly alone. If you know that the only time you wear a certain shirt is with a certain combination, hang onto it. Otherwise you’ll have nothing to wear with the rest of your outfit!
The unpleasant task of purging your closet is made more pleasant and illuminating when you hire an Image Consultant or Wardrobe Stylist to help you stay on task and give you a birds eye view of your wardrobe. I’d love to help you on your closet audit! While I’m based in the Seattle area, I offer virtual styling worldwide.