Damaged or Dirty Items
A permanent tomato stain on the sleeve of a lovely, expensive, white cashmere sweater are unforgivable.
And frankly, you are probably never going to wear it because of the stain.
Remove all emotional and sentimental attachment, to the price tag, the person who gave it to you, or whatever else.
If you truly want to keep the memory, cut a large, clean piece out and frame it.
Or make a fabric flower brooch out of it. (D-I-Y help here on Cut out and Keep)
I’d also get rid of anything where the elastic has been stretched out too far, t-shirt neck holes that have been stretched beyond recognition and you don’t keep them around as painting rags.
What BF and I do with our old clothes once we’re done, is cut out as big as a patch as possible and keep them aside as rags.
We use these rags for everything:
- Cleaning and buffing our boots and shoes
- Using it to wash the cars
- Using it while fixing cars and getting grease on our paws
The list goes on.
Assuming you’ve already taken it to a tailor to bring it in, or let it out, and done all you’ve can, then there’s nothing you can do.
Re-purpose and move on!
Too tight, too short, too revealing, too loose or unflattering things should be donated and removed.
My sister keeps target weight-loss clothing in her closet, in big black garbage bags.
But I just KNOW when she loses the weight, she’s going to go out and buy brand new clothes, and I think it’s a better motivator than keeping an old pair of acid-washed jeans from the 90′s in your closet.
Items that don’t fit your daily lifestyle
I had a lot of pashminas before I sold them online. I had about 20 or 30 of them. Now, I have 5, in the different colours that I do switch out and wear regularly.
I also got rid of shoes that had too high of a heel, or was not something I wore on a regular basis.
The thing about having lots of shoes for example, is you have to keep breaking them in!!!
Ouch. And it never seems to stop.
And you don’t really want shoes just to collect dust on display like some expensive, unworn, useless collection do you?
If you don’t need them, sell them, give them away, or donate them.
Same goes for any of the following:
- Tons of ballgowns
- Many, many Corsets you wear once a year
- That hat you bought on impulse while on vacation in New York
- Those 40 pairs of flip flops
- All those free beer t-shirts you keep just for the sake of keeping
And so on.
Anything you know you don’t wear, AT ALL
There’s an easy way to figure this out.
Set all your hangers facing one direction.
As you wear something, flip the hanger on the other side.
At the end of the month, you will be able to see immediately what you’ve worn in that month and what you haven’t.
Items that fall into this category are things you may have spent a lot of money on and feel guilty for getting rid of it.
Or out of fashion items.
If it hasn’t been worn in 6 months to a year, then you will NEVER wear them, so give them away to someone else who will.
And, anything that doesn’t make you feel fabulous
That’s the point of clothing and the focus of minimalism: to keep and wear only what you want to wear, what is flattering and what you consider fabulous.
I had a couple of items like that in my wardrobe: some tank tops of some muted, strange colour, a skirt with shape that doesn’t skim over your bum properly.
Or perhaps a sweater that is too itchy and uncomfortable to wear and love.
You need to get over the item and only keep what you are really going to reach for on a regular basis.