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How Clearing Out My Closet Gave Me More Clothes

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white fitted top with full polka dot skirt
polka dot skirt with stripe bag
black and white polka dot skirt with stripe bag
black and white polka dot prom skirt

A couple of weeks ago I had the closet clear-out to end all closet clear-outs.

I mean that literally, by the way: as in, there will be no more need for closet clear-outs in this house any more, because I cleared those closets out GOOD. Maybe a little bit TOO good, if I’m honest, because I got rid of SO MUCH STUFF that I’m pretty sure I’m going to regret it sooner or later, but, well, you know those days when you look into your closet, and you’re just all, “OMG, I HATE everything I own!” I’ve been having those days aaaaall summer long: and last month I decided I was going to do something about it.

This year has been a year of massive change for me. I know you wouldn’t think it to look at me here, in yet another full, polka-dot skirt and the same damn sunglasses I wear in every single blog posts, but it’s true. I’m not the same person I was this time last year, and I don’t really want to wear the same clothes, either. Or not ALL of them, anyway. I have, of course, kept a large amount of clothing, and I’ll continue to wear it all, too. On the outside, I haven’t changed all that much, really, but I still felt motivated to go through those closets and thoroughly declutter them all: and I feel all the better for it. Sometimes you just need to let stuff go… you know?

I did keep this skirt, however – er, quite a lot of skirts, actually – and I wore it a couple of weeks ago, on a day when I walked into my closet, and, for the first time in months, actually found myself feeling excited to wear the clothes I found in it. I think I’ve finally reached that stage I’ve been working towards all year, where everything I own is something I really love – and will actually wear – as opposed to something I bought because I thought I loved it, only to discover that, every time I tried to wear it, there was always something else I’d rather wear instead. Despite all of my regular clear-outs, I was still clinging onto quite a lot of clothes that fell into that category: and the strange thing was, that as soon as I got rid of them all, I felt like I had MORE outfit options rather than less of them. Who knew?! (Everyone who’s ever read a fashion magazine/blog, probably: look, just humour me here, OK?)

I wish I could say that this revelation is going to stop me shopping from now on: I haven’t changed quite THAT much, though…

polka dot skirt and stripe bag
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Polka dot skirt c/o Choies

ZARA top

Boden flats

Kate Spade bag via Shopbop

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  • What Lou Wore 365
    September 5, 2016

    Lovely skirt and swoon at the KS bag, I do love her bags. Clearing stuff out definitely unearths some forgotten gems doesn’t it or lets you see the wood for the trees and plan new outfits accordingly. I have a lot of clothes which is why I keep my wardrobe ordered so at least I know where all the tops / skirts / blazers etc are so I can see exactly what I’ve got. I’ve let a few things go this summer that after two babies in recent years just no longer fit quite right. I was sad to see them go but if I can’t wear them they’re just taking up precious space!

  • CiCi Marie
    September 5, 2016

    I felt the same way when I had to clear my wardrobe (and er, big piles of clothes all over the floor) – once I’d gotten through it, suddenly I could find everything I really loved and trying to dress myself in the morning wasn’t such an ordeal. I mean, it helps I’ve also gotten much better at organising my clothes in my increased storage space, so I can actually see them all now too, but I wouldn’t have been able to if I hadn’t chucked out a lot of the stuff that just wasn’t doing it for me anymore. Feels good!

  • Claire
    September 5, 2016

    I’m in the midst of a big clearout, trying to sift out the pieces which I love and which suit my style. It’s taking….a while!

  • heather nakanishi
    September 5, 2016

    Well, I’m glad this skirt made the cut because it’s just lovely! I feel like I’m in the beginning of a change of fashion, but haven’t made any particular headway of exactly what yet.

  • Jennifer
    September 5, 2016

    I want to know more about what you cleaned out! I thought I did a big clean-out myself a few weeks ago… but I think I could do better. I was initially re-energized by my slightly pared down closet but now I’m back to wearing the same things. Hearing about (or better yet seeing) the mini-mountain of clothing you parted with would be inspiring!

  • Myra Boyle
    September 5, 2016

    I chucked out so much stuff when we moved last year, but haven’t got enough room so will need to do another cull.

  • Trona
    September 5, 2016

    I’ve been trying to do the same, I’ve actually just put out a charity bag full of clothes. I’ve since discovered loads of stuff I forgot about. Sadly, I’m having to clear out shoes that I actually still love, my feet completely changed during pregnancy and I’ve now went up a size, I’m heartbroken.

  • Selina
    September 5, 2016

    I feel the same way, I blogged about it recently and am keeping up a clear out event every few months. I still have such a lot of clothes but I’m getting a much better idea of what I will wear more and what I will like to look at but will rarely wear

  • Lauranne
    September 6, 2016

    I would love to give my closet a good clean out. I have too many clothes but I am one of those people who can never find anything to wear. Part of my problem is my body changes alot during my cycle, and I have outfits that hang off me one day but I am unable to do up the next day. It leaves me hating so many of the clothes in my wardrobe for 2 weeks of the month, yet loving wearing them when I am feeling body confident the next.

    However, the fact I live alone in a 3 bedroom house and still don’t have room for all my clothes has to be a sign that something is wrong, but how do you justify throwing out clothes you spent money on a few months ago and are practically never worn?

  • Fashion and Frappes
    September 29, 2016

    So what do you do with the clothes you need to chuck? Do you sell any? I have so many clothes which are in great condition but I am just bored of them. I absolutely don’t know how to deal with them! Any ideas?

  • Becca
    October 14, 2017

    Love your blog, I have noticed that a lot of your amazing skirts you have bought from ‘choies’. I am just wondering if your experience with this website is always good? I would love to buy some of the gorgeous skirts that you wear but I am on a students budget, so if it is a good website it could be a life saver!
    Thanks xo

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