January 5, 2012

Closet Clean Out 2012

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Anyone else like how for the Closet Clean Out posts I put a picture of a ridiculously unattainable closet? Me too. Anyway.
This time last year I was making post after post about my after Christmas shopping. It was shortly after that I decided to do the Closet Clean Out. The only real purpose to Closet Clean Out was to better utilize all the things I already have and not just accumulate items without integrating them into my wardrobe.
Easier said than done. 
I wouldn't have said I really felt like I made a lot of progress until I realized it was the first of the year... and I don't have 2 weeks worth of posts about shopping to do. I haven't quit shopping, of course. Not at all (pretty obvious if you read often). But I do stop and think about how much I need something and how much I want it. It's a balance I haven't completely figured out but I have figured out you have to mix the 2 somehow. Do I need a drawer full of eyeshadow? Nope, not at all, but I love it and use it, so I'm just careful now about what I add to it.

Am I the only one who struggles with this? Anyone else been doing their own version of this, and have you made any progress? One thing that really, surprisingly helped was doing 30 for 30 last year. I might try to do another version of that sometime this year. I'll have to think about that now...

17 comments:

Tulips & Tulle said...

My wardrobe is completely packed full but very organised so I can't complain really!

Closet Fashionista said...

Yep, I'm the same way...though I am getting a lot better. I really only buy a few items over the course of a few months. Before I would be getting a few items a month, haha
http://www.closet-fashionista.com/

Danielle (elleinadspir) said...

I've thought about doing 30x30 but I'm scared!

Courtney Erin said...

I typically put myself on shopping bans lasting from 1-4 months (I'm actually on one right now after the holidays) and that seems to work pretty decently for me.

Courtney ~ http://sartorialsidelines.com

Elle Sees said...

i'm slowly doing this--i'm starting with just getting the closet ready and then delving into what to rid.

Collette Osuna said...

I NEED a closet cleanout....in a huge way!! lol
Ill think on it...after I get rid of all these Xmas decorations!! Yikes, one project at a time, hahaha!

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THE ALTERNATIVE WIFE said...

I've done some of it but I need to do more. I'm trying to live with less overall but that doesn't mean that I'm going to stop shopping. Just getting quality items that I really want and I'm continuing to rid myself of the things that I no longer want or use. It's hard though because it takes so much time.

Also I don't like to throw things away. I'd rather donate and it's a little tougher to do that here in the city. Having bags upon bags of clothes and then trying to park on the street to bring them in while cars and buses honk = NIGHTMARE! lol. So intead I've been storing all of these bags in my storage unit for years....

Good luck, Katie! I know it's hard! xoxo

Jenny @ Spry On The Wall said...

I basically had to majorly purge when we moved so I cleaned everything out a little over a year ago. I still need to get rid of a few things here and there, but I try to stay on top of it. It's hard, but it makes such a difference. It seems to be a constant work in progress.

Couture Carrie said...

Awesome idea, darling ~ I need to do the same thing!

xoxox,
CC

la petite coquine said...

I'm guilty of being a pretty careful shopper, but it's something my mom taught me growing up. I know what I wear a lot of (dark denim, white button downs, black ballet flats, blazers) so I always know when I need to refresh a particular area, and I know what I love (floral prints, pastels) but would never actually pull out of the closet. My mama trained me!

Josie said...

Packing to study in DC forced me to prioritize what I really love in my wardrobe. It was ROUGH to say the least.
xo Josie
www.winksmilestyle.com

this free bird said...

who are these people with those closets? i bet they never purge b/c how the hell would they ever fill up?

it's good to purge and find balance. i don't have it figured out either, but feel like i'm coming along. the whole want vs. need and basic vs. trend helps for me.

except with the fringe boots, but who's counting?

Style Savvy Chic said...

I can relate to your post 100% percent! I felt like a hoarder of clothing that I barely wanted or didn't need. Finally, a lightbulb went off due to regular visits at style blogs I really respected. These ladies have investment pieces and can switch them up to make them look new every time. I chunked at least 70 percent of all my clothes and decided to re-build my wardrobe the right way.


STYLE. SAVVY. CHIC.

http://www.stylesavvychic.com/2012/01/8-tips-for-organizing-your-closets.html/

Jaime @ La vie...J'aime said...

i am trying to do a clean out too- when i get dressed every morning, if i see something i haven't worn in forever, i toss it!

Sarah said...

I always think long and hard before I purchase an item, theres nothing worse than a closet full of nothing you like! And yes I would love a closet like the one in the pic =)

Rolled Up Pretty said...

Oh man, I would KILL for that closet. K the more I read the more I LOVE your blog! Newest follower right here cute girl! :)

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