This weekend I resolved to clean out my closet and wow, what a task. I’m not a minimalist by any means but seeing a room full of items that I spent time and money on that are never used just serves to make me depressed and a little disappointed in myself. Why did I accumulate all this stuff that I never use and no longer care about?
To get some inspiration I flipped through a few of my favorite fashion books and saw one of my favorite Nina Garcia quotes (well actually it’s her quoting Andrée Putman) in The Little Black Book of Style. I was all set to scan it for you when I realized that I had already written about it earlier (one of my first posts!)
I agree with this quote wholeheartedly and packed up and donated three bags of items already this weekend and am vowing to be as ruthless in culling more. It drives me crazy that I can’t see all the items I want to wear and it’s embarrassing that for a long time my solution was that one day, I’d just get a bigger closet! Plus, I’m still lacking so many items that I’d like to have and wear time and time again, while I buy random substitutes that fail to fill that closet “hole”.
I still enjoy a good healthy shop-a-thon so this is definitely not a vow to 100% abstain, but rather to be more thoughtful and conscientious. There are three rules that I am going to follow going forward when adding an item to my closet: I must love it, it must have a place in my lifestyle, and it has to fit. The end.
How do you all keep a well balanced closet? What are the mantras you follow, and are you ever weak? Thoughts?