May is the time when we finally have a stable sunlight and warming temperature in New York. In other words, we can confidently kick most of the winter jackets back to the suitcase and trade all the short sleeves, shorts and swim trunks.
FINALLY... I know!
This year, I decide to do some spring cleaning and retire the clothing that has been dusting for ages. Given my hoarder behavior, this is meant to be hard, difficult and emotional. That's why I decide to write about it and share my guidelines with you guys.
First of all, a brief background of my wardrobe: Since I have been pretty much the same size for the past 10 years so some of my old clothes have been with me for over 7 years. It's gross to compare my closet to a digestion system, but honestly if you want to eat more you better clean out the extra trans fats. And if you think you can live off with the toxins, you are probably wrong.
After all these years, even it's hard to admit, there are things that you can wear everyday, and there are things that you can only WISH to wear it one day... and THOSE NEED TO BE GONE!
HOW TO DECIDE WHO GETS THE ROSE TO STAY
- They used to look good on me
- But when they don't, they don't! Don't compromise your style to what USED TO BE working for you. My question is: Have you put them on in the past year? And that's a good point to separate your pile.
- They used to fit me
- Yes. We get older, some of us get bigger (or bulkier if you work out). You can still wear and stretch them to the extreme, or you can get a size that fits you and let the children in the poor area get the benefit from that. Why would you give yourself a reason to look less than perfect?
- They are expensive
- We do buy, some of the stuff we buy could cost us a fortune and we barely wear it. But as long as we don't wear it, it means nothing whether it's Burberry or Old Navy. If throwing out is a hard decision for you, consider giving it out to your family and friends.
- Those are gifts from the others
- Christmas gift, Birthday gift, Father's day gift... There are too many occasions we receive something we don't want/need. We feel guilty to get rid of them, especially when she asks 'Where was that shirt I bought you last year?'
Complete honesty isn't always the best way to go, but if they do mean something to you, why not save it in a box and leave it in your garage? On a side note, always include a gift receipt when you send out gift and never ask that question.
- I made wrong decisions
- Of course you did! From destroying the garment in the dryer to fooling yourself you are a size small because it's on sale... Fact is, there won't be roses for them to the next round.
- I have a different taste
- Trend is constantly shifting. 8 years ago I would be wearing anything oversize, 4 years ago it's all about slim/skinny fit and right now it's going a bit of the relax again. Yes, the trend will always come back, but even when it does, it will never be the same. Please. Don't ever believe you can always pull off that rapper look unless you really are a rapper. I enjoy what I did in the past, but I let it stay in the past.
- One day I can wear it
- We make assumptions. Like when you decide to join that gym club but stop going after month fourth. Ask yourself what your lifestyle is? That one day may never arrive.
- They have been with me for years
- Some of us are more attached than the others. Most of us think we can still wear a tee shirt with our college logo. Truth to be told, it doesn't turn on nobody. By the way, if you haven't routinely got rid of your old undergarment, you are just plain disgusting. (You should do it every 6 months, unless you have over a month long supply like me, in that case you can wait a bit longer)
- They can still become back ups (or your lounge wear)
- It's common that we demote our old, unfit tee shirts, shorts to loungewear on the days we don't have to see anybody or save it for your dirty camping trip. But you can only have so many old tee shirts, don't keep more than 7.
- I don't care
- Clothing is more than just a piece of garment. It represents your style and a visual of how you want others to perceive you. My question is, if you have a choice to look better or look worse, what would you pick?
And that's your answer.