Mend It: Unless a seriously damaged piece of clothing possesses self-healing powers, lose it. Seeing something in your closet that you can’t wear—even if you love it—will just frustrate you, possibly to the point of overlooking all the good stuff in there. If you’ve got pieces that need simple repairs that you or a dry cleaner can take care of, keep them in a particular section of your closet so you can get to them as you have the time or money. Removing them from the usual rotation will keep your closet organized and will prevent you from making it halfway to work before realizing you’ve got two missing buttons on the front of your blouse. And then binge shopping at lunch. I know, because of been there. On all counts.
Hold It: You know those pieces that you never wear yet can’t seem to get rid of? Yeah, you should probably donate them to a second-hand shop. But, if you’ve got cold clothing feet and think you can’t part with something, give it a test. I had a sweater set I was particularly fond of a couple of years ago, but the next season, I was kind of over it. I couldn’t quite lose it, so I put it in my Think About It section (right beside the mending). When I didn’t touch it the following season, I knew it was adios for good. It was good while it lasted, melon sweater set. Single tear.
Lay it Out: So while I’ve gotten better at keeping the “never wears” out of my closet, I’m not so good at cleaning out the mediocre things—pieces that are in good shape but are just not my fave. So last spring when I was moving my lightweight clothes to the front of my closet I took everything out first and separated it into three piles: the Never Wears, the Love Its, and the It’s Okays. While I intended to keep most the middling stuff (Come on, I’m not made of money, people) I paid close attention to what it was. And you know what? It was a lot of the same style of stuff: Cardigans, mostly. There were too many to get rid of and replace with something I loved more, BUT it made me start a “no cardigan” rule. Even if I see something cute or on sale, it’s no dice, because I know I’m gonna be sick of it in a month. On the other hand, I noticed that a lot of the stuff I love had a particular cut, color, or shape. So that’s what I keep my eyes open for now. By literally taking a long hard look at stuff you love and feel good in, you’ll minimize snap purchases and will instead spend your hard-earned cash on something fab. Or, a brightly colored dress with no waist but plenty of sleeves, as seems to be my current thing.
So there you go! By cleaning out your closet and keeping close tabs at what's in there, you’ll ultimately save money and look good while doing it! And what’s better than that?