There are a million reasons to get frustrated each day. At cloves, we advocate (sensibly) bringing peace to the parts of your life that are in your control. Case in point: The weather's getting cooler and you wake up each day trying to cobble together a sharp look from clothes that work great on their own but don't function well in the context of your wardrobe. It's frustrating, like playing concentration with a child who's much, much smarter than you.
Or, maybe you have plenty of great-looking, wearable basics but you haven't seen them in months because they're packed away, replaced by something trendy you just bought.
We've all been doing it: buying clothes on sale or from shopping sites offering bargains on designer clothes. It's great to get deals. It only becomes a problem when you hoard the old stuff because you're attached to it, or buy things you wear only once and don't have much use for thereafter. Like a failing relationship with somebody you never loved, it's time to cut your losses and read that son of a gun the riot act.
How to get rid of your clothes:
First, commit a few hours to cleaning out your closet and sorting through your clothes. Think of it as bringing necessary order to your living space and morning routine -- it'll actually make getting up and out much more enjoyable. The next step is simple and not debatable: Anything you own that you do not wear, never loved wearing or experience an ounce of regret when looking at must be eliminated from your wardrobe post-haste. It's like keeping around pictures of an ex-girlfriend/boyfriend while looking for a new one: futile (and just a little pathetic).
If you're having difficulty deciding what to keep and what to ditch, here are a few more practical suggestions to make it easier:
1 - If you haven’t worn it in one year, toss it;
2 - Categorize your wardrobe into three piles: yesterday, today and tomorrow. Toss whatever is in the yesterday pile. Chances are you wavered a bit on No. 2 and still have a big pile of "maybes," and haven't yet come to terms with what you're going to do with it. Well, these garments have one last chance and then they're gone.
Take stock of your clothes:
There's actually one step before throwing down the gauntlet of your old clothes. Pants that are a bit too wide in the leg? Suits that fit a touch looser than you prefer? In many cases, a good tailor can rebuild the garments for a lot less than the cost of new ones. Twenty dollars to rework a pair of slacks beats buying new ones; plus, you'll develop a relationship with a tailor, the best of whom pride themselves on making you look your best.
Donate your clothes:
Even the best tailor can't fix something you're bored with, so, after you've taken stock, whatever remains must go. Fortunately, there are local nonprofit organizations all over the country that can put your clothes to immediate use.
Your wardrobe should be functional and versatile, the material extension of your attitude and outlook -- it’s not just a collection of crap that you wear. The first step toward refining it is getting rid of all the things you don’t wear. It’s a few hours well spent on your sanity and your look.