Hi guys! Still recovering over here from my 2 cardio workouts yesterday (what was I thinking?!), but I’m super excited to be talking about how purging my closet actually grew my wardrobe on the blog today! My friend Fran (hi Fran, Happy Birthday!) visited me last week and we had a blast! From going into NYC to road tripping up to Watch Hill, we kind of covered it all. We kicked off the week with lots of fun activities, so by Thursday we were ready to lay low. We ended up tackling the my oh-so intimidating closet, which was quite the feat!
Fran is a master at Poshmark and lived up to this title the next few days as we purged, piled, sorted, resorted, snapped photos, and posted around 100 items to my Poshmark account. Nothing says Happy 2019 like a clean closet!
In all seriousness though, this project was a long time coming. I’ve felt suffocated by my closet for quite some time now, and I hate to admit that, but it’s true. For a while I think I tried to ignore the amount of stuff I’d accumulated, but over time I finally started to realize how so much of it wasn’t ever being worn. Sure I loved my pink Club Monaco cropped sweater, but I always had an excuse why not to wear it. For the first time I opened my closet, looked real hard at it, and was honest with myself about the pieces I love to have and the pieces I love to wear. If you don’t think there is a difference, there is!
It was so helpful having Fran by my side during the whole purging process and that might sound silly to you, but I needed someone to hold me accountable! If I’d done this alone I can promise you I wouldn’t have said goodbye to as much as I did, but also, I wouldn’t have tried on pieces I was on the fence about. If this blog post inspires you to purge your closet I highly recommend you try things on unless you’re 110% it’s a closet staple and isn’t going anywhere or if you’re 110% sure it’s gotta go. There were more than a handful of pieces that I thought I decided to save after trying them on and visa versa.
Having a fresh look at my closet helped me rediscover so many pieces I’d either forgotten about or had fallen out of love with. Let’s just pause a second, why in the world did I have so many things that I didn’t even like anymore? They were just sitting there, taking up precious space in my minimal storage. What was I thinking!? I’m vowing now to do purges like this quarterly.
By getting rid of all the unwanted clothing I was drowning in, I finally had space to breath, to really look at my wardrobe, and ultimately, to appreciate it. I re-fell in love with pieces I hadn’t worn in years and I found sweaters and shoes that I thought I’d lost. Sadly did not find the two pairs of jeans I somehow misplaced months ago. Ugh. I mean, who loses two pairs of jeans?! I did however find this much-loved grey cowl neck sweater that I purchased 5ish years ago. My Roanoke friends can probably vouch for how much I love this sweater because I wore it so much in college! It’s not that I ever fell out of love with this piece, but it somehow found its way under a stack of sweaters I no longer loved and in turn, I never rifled through them to find this gem. By getting rid of those unwanted sweaters I’ve made more space in my drawers to easily see all my options of pieces I actually love. No more forgetting and no more misplacing. Hopefully!
Without a doubt I can say that by purging my closet I actually grew my wardrobe. I feel like I have more options now than ever and I’m having so much fun putting new looks together. Cheers to more purging and more rediscovery in 2019!
With Love From Greenwich, Helen
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