Today I want to chat about ways our wardrobes may grow to be disorganised, cluttered and lacking practicality. Things in our wardrobe that need not take up space any longer, but that we may turn a blind eye to, either due to emotional attachments or an unwillingness to let go. Things to think about letting go when opening up your closet is both overwhelming and uninspiring.
ALL THOSE BRAS YOU NEVER WEAR
How many bras do you really need? Personally, I have three or four favourites at any one time that I use over and over again because they are both comfortable and aesthetically pleasing. So how do we always seem to end up with a dozen or more? Purchasing bras that are pretty but not so comfortable and holding on to older bras past their expiration date. With age, bras lose shape and elasticity, so while your old favourite may still be beautiful, it likely has lost some points in the comfort department. Uncomfortable bras have no place in our wardrobe so I challenge you to downsize your collection to those few that you know you will actually wear.
PIECES THAT DON’T FIT
We all have a few pieces that just don’t fit us anymore. Whether too large or too small, if they don’t fit today, why hold on to them. Our bodies should not be squeezed into clothing that is just too tight. Those trousers that are just too large, but you love? You’ll never wear. So why hold on to pieces that may make you uncomfortable both physically and mentally. There is no reason for those pieces to fill up wardrobe space when they could be re-homed or donated to someone who will actually get use out of them.
That band T-shirt you wore at that concert one time or that jumper you wore during that special event. You all know what I’m talking about. Pieces that we have an emotional attachment to, but that serve us no purpose any longer. Those memories will still be there without the physical markers, so there is no need to hoard clothing for that purpose alone. Give them a hug, take a good last look and let them go, opening up your wardrobe to new opportunities.
RIPPED AND FADED
Some of our clothing has been so loved that it may have lost its beauty. While that item may have served you well, clothing that has been so worn that it now has tears and undone seams, or even that is faded or stained beyond repair, should not take up our wardrobe space. Most of us have a few old pieces that still hang around, even though newer ones have taken their place and there is no reason for them to be still taking up precious wardrobe space.
If you are anything like me, super comfortable clothing such as jumpers and T-shirts that fit in the previous category will instinctively be moved to a separate section of the wardrobe labeled as loungewear. And while more and more clothing ages and is no longer a part of my everyday wardrobe, my “loungewear” collection grows. How much loungewear do you really need though. We will all gravitate towards the most comfortable, so don’t let that section of your wardrobe grow beyond what you really need just as an excuse to hold on to old beloved pieces.