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Have you ever thrown everything out?

post #1 of 40
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And by this I mean throwing out a large amount of clothes.

 

Some of the 'guides/tips/tricks' that I sometimes read here and there say that you should "pick out all the clothes you haven't worn in the past 6 months and toss'em! Toss'em right now! Get up, do it!"...

 

And yet, I haven't done so yet. I've trimmed away some of my stash by giving certain tshirts and ill-fitting shirts to homeless shelters, but haven't done a colossal revolution.

 

And so sometimes I wonder whether these tips/tricks/guides are written in such a way as to 'shock' the reader into thinking that, 'hey, this must be (the) right (thing to do)'.

 

So, have you done a guerilla-style closet restructuring? Has it worked out? Do you regret?

post #2 of 40
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Originally Posted by Singlemalt View Post

And by this I mean throwing out a large amount of clothes.

Some of the 'guides/tips/tricks' that I sometimes read here and there say that you should "pick out all the clothes you haven't worn in the past 6 months and toss'em! Toss'em right now! Get up, do it!"...

And yet, I haven't done so yet. I've trimmed away some of my stash by giving certain tshirts and ill-fitting shirts to homeless shelters, but haven't done a colossal revolution.

And so sometimes I wonder whether these tips/tricks/guides are written in such a way as to 'shock' the reader into thinking that, 'hey, this must be (the) right (thing to do)'.

So, have you done a guerilla-style closet restructuring? Has it worked out? Do you regret?

Every so often I will cull a portion of my closet. I usually do it before a season though, picking out things that I didn't wear much the prior year. I do have things that I should get rid of but always end up keeping. I could easily go through and pick out half of the stuff I own but don't wear regularly and not miss it.

Having said that, I won't likely do it. Why? Because I own way too many things that I enjoy wearing only a couple of times a season. It's not efficient, but it's the way it's always been for me.
post #3 of 40
currently doing this now, but i give my clothes to my Dad. If he doesnt like it then i pass it onto the Red Cross
post #4 of 40
I use the ongoing clearing system:

Hang every item in your wardrobe with the hook facing out. When you wear an item put it back in normally. After 6 months has passed donate or chuck everything that still hangs with the hook facing outwards.

This works best if you put your winter stuff into storage, and for items like Tuxedos you may wish to make exceptions. In the last few months my dad has acquired from me:

7 pars of jeans
25 T-Shirts
15 Dress shirts
3 coats

It can sometimes be hard to throw away items that you love to own, but never wear but when it comes down to it your wardrobe is not a museum.
post #5 of 40
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Originally Posted by Blackhood View Post

Hang every item in your wardrobe with the hook facing out. When you wear an item put it back in normally. After 6 months has passed donate or chuck everything that still hangs with the hook facing outwards.

It can sometimes be hard to throw away items that you love to own, but never wear but when it comes down to it your wardrobe is not a museum.

 


1. My wife tends to hang things like that. Drives me crazy...and all the shirts face the other direction too. Double the agony.

 

2. True said.

post #6 of 40
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Originally Posted by tomee View Post

currently doing this now, but i give my clothes to my Dad. If he doesnt like it then i pass it onto the Red Cross


Do you do this often? (like Blackhood) Or is this your first time?

post #7 of 40
Absolutely. It feels great to do so and I highly recommend it. If you are not wearing it, why keep it?
post #8 of 40
I thin my wardrobe at the end of summer and winter. Items in good condition are donated, items in poor condition are thrown away
post #9 of 40

I've done this kind of purge several times over the years. But only on a 12-month basis, never a 6-month basis. My clothing usage has a yearly cycle, as well as daily and weekly cycles. Anything unworn for over a year is subject to disposal in a clothing donation box somewhere. (The parking lot of my local hardware store has a wide variety of choices). But I don't want to purge last winter's active wardrobe now, in September, just because there are items I haven't worn in six months.

 

I also evaluate my wardrobe for smaller purges of one type of garment, when I buy something new. I did a major dump of old dress shirts recently, and now I have a small and managable collection, all of which pair well with pants/jackets/suits that I own.

 

I have a large collection of graphic T-shirts, and a few polos, mostly from musical and sporting events that I've attended as a participant, staff member, or spectator. Those shirts get retired to a souvenir archive, like an old photo album. I won't wear most of them ever again, but I like to browse the memories. The sweatshirt from the USA speedskating team at Lake Placid in 1980 has shrunk, and I have grown larger, and it will never fit again. The T-shirt from the Miles Davis show at Kix is badly misshapen and has indications of a bleaching accident ... but by chance, I was wearing it when I learned of his death. These are the kinds of things I purge from my wardrobe, but retain for my archives.

post #10 of 40
I do this every spring and donate all still wearable clothing to the Salvation Army.
post #11 of 40

I also have regular purges and sell stuff on ebay that's worth selling or just give the lot to the local charity shops. I did a major purge about the time I joined SF - one of my reasons for joining was that I was unhappy with the gap between what I knew I wanted to wear and what I had, and this purge continues.

post #12 of 40
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Originally Posted by HansderHund View Post


Every so often I will cull a portion of my closet. I usually do it before a season though, picking out things that I didn't wear much the prior year. I do have things that I should get rid of but always end up keeping. I could easily go through and pick out half of the stuff I own but don't wear regularly and not miss it.
Having said that, I won't likely do it. Why? Because I own way too many things that I enjoy wearing only a couple of times a season. It's not efficient, but it's the way it's always been for me.

 

Same.  I enjoy having a large variability in my wardrobe, for example some things that aren't favorites or aren't versatile but were good deals or gifts.  Every once in a while I'll get bored or will not have done laundry and I'll challenge myself to see what workable combinations I can come up with.  This doesn't happen often, but it's fun when it does, though I am usually glad for it to be over.

 

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Originally Posted by Cause Moe View Post

I've done this kind of purge several times over the years. But only on a 12-month basis, never a 6-month basis. My clothing usage has a yearly cycle, as well as daily and weekly cycles. Anything unworn for over a year is subject to disposal in a clothing donation box somewhere. (The parking lot of my local hardware store has a wide variety of choices). But I don't want to purge last winter's active wardrobe now, in September, just because there are items I haven't worn in six months.

 

I also evaluate my wardrobe for smaller purges of one type of garment, when I buy something new. I did a major dump of old dress shirts recently, and now I have a small and managable collection, all of which pair well with pants/jackets/suits that I own.

 

I have a large collection of graphic T-shirts, and a few polos, mostly from musical and sporting events that I've attended as a participant, staff member, or spectator. Those shirts get retired to a souvenir archive, like an old photo album. I won't wear most of them ever again, but I like to browse the memories. The sweatshirt from the USA speedskating team at Lake Placid in 1980 has shrunk, and I have grown larger, and it will never fit again. The T-shirt from the Miles Davis show at Kix is badly misshapen and has indications of a bleaching accident ... but by chance, I was wearing it when I learned of his death. These are the kinds of things I purge from my wardrobe, but retain for my archives.

 

I do the same type of thing.  If I have a shirt or tie that I've been trying to use to fill a niche but that has only partially succeeded, and is not interesting or unique enough in its own right, I will give it up once I find a less stressful, more versatile solution.  This way the new item will consolidate my wardrobe and I won't have to wear several different things that I didn't particularly enjoy anyway.  I will, however, forever maintain certain memorable items if they have distinctive sentimental value for me, e.g. National Geography Bee t-shirt, a Science Olympiad polo, undergraduate class shirts, etc. 

 

Anyway, point is, I have done it but very infrequently, and usually after a massive set of new arrivals.  For example, when Macy's bought so many department stores a few years ago and I stocked up on linen and merino wool, or recently when Daffy's went out of business frown.gif and I bought several shoes and blazers.

post #13 of 40

I live in Singapore at the moment, and the weather is constantly warm, and either dry and humid or wet and humider! biggrin.gif  Suits are not really required, so the first thing I did when I moved here was to purge all of my winter suits and most of my clothing.  They went to my brother.

 

I'll occasionally cull my closet, and give a lot of stuff away.  I recently gave away 15 pairs of assorted footwear and about a suitcase full of t-shirts, dress shirts, a couple of suits and a few pairs of jeans to relatives.  They were all in good condition, but just too much stuff(!) and a lot of them didn't fit me anymore - lost some weight (hoping to lose more!).

 

Nowadays, with my being on SF and reading like mad, I am trying to build a staple wardrobe (rather improve on the staples that I have), and am removing stuff that does not fit, or that I don't wear anymore.  I agree with the 6 month thing - since the weather is generally the same here, it's not an issue.

 

I should point out, though, that I still keep a few winter things - SCs, a couple of coats and sweters, for when I travel, and when I go to see family back in the US.

 

Sometimes, I find that culling your clothes brings about a lighter feeling mentally as well.  Something about keeping things simple.  Don't mean to be over-dramatic, but less is more and all that.

post #14 of 40
In the last month, I've purged my closet fairly extensively. I've thought about trashing everything and starting from scratch, but you must remember this is a process. A long one at that.

If you want to have quality clothing, it's going to cost quite a bit of money, and unless you have way too much of it, it's not going to be easy to re-buy every staple piece at once. Take it easy, slow, and buy a piece at a time, replacing things you think you won't wear again.

I say throw out things that you know you likely won't wear ever again, but also have a stack for things you want to get tailored, and another stack for things that you are on the fence about.

Donate the stuff you won't wear. Go to a tailor to get the clothes you want tailored... tailored. And rethink the ones on the fence, wearing them time to time to see if you still feel good about them.
post #15 of 40
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Do you do this often? (like Blackhood) Or is this your first time?

i do it once a year
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