My wardrobe has gotten bloated to the point that I can go months... MONTHS! Without wearing the same thing twice.
What do you guys do to help limit personal pickups? Or do you do a cleaning every now and then and sell some of your personal stuff?
My fiance and I will be moving soon and I am dreading hauling all of this stuff.
I have a few rules as I current;y take up 3/4 of our walk-in closet. The wife has no objections but I can't stand clutter. If it doesn't get used, it needs a new home.
- If it doesn't get worn once in a season (Spring/Summer or Fall/Winter), it gets sold/traded/whatever. If it's not worth selling/trading, then re-donated.
- If it doesn't fit well and I'm not crazy about it, it goes.
- If it is similar to something I already own and doesn't get worn to the point where I need more than one, I keep the nicer one and get rid of the other.
- My style has changed quite a bit and fluctuates fairly often. If it doesn't fit my current aesthetic, it goes. Who knows if I will ever go back to that style.
- If it isn't comfortable, sell it. Some people take style over comfort. I'm not the complete opposite, I'm more like the happy medium. Style and comfort.
For starters, a big +1 to what Nat said.
It's a widely held belief that things picked up on impulse, deep discount or, in this case, in a thrift shop, won't be things that have a lot of thought put into them. They'll be things you didn't know you wanted/needed until it presented itself. I completely believe that and know that all of us are guilty to some extent with filling a good portion of our closets with one-off items...things that only fit into one particular outfit or can only be worn so often. I suppose there isn't any real problem with that if you have the space and money to keep everything around.
I try to consider each thing I buy and whether or not it will be something that will go into regular rotation. I'll ask myself whether I have something similar, and if that's the case whether it will "cannibalize" the other piece's use.
I'll try to decide whether it's something that I can wear often or not. If I can't, I should really be in love with it if it's going to take up valuable real estate in my closet.
Take shirts for example. Without directing this completely to an ebay thought process, shirts have a terrible profit margin and can be hard to flip. Rarely would I see a shirt in my size that was so interesting and unique that I had to have it. Late last year, I found a local bespoke shirtmaker that I really like. Having something so essential fit me perfectly is worth the money, so I'd rather put whatever I was going to spend on a shirt from a thrift into a bespoke shirt. Again, it comes down to what will get the best use of my money. I'd rather have 10 perfect shirts than 50 shirts that fit me just okay.
As far as getting rid of things, it's best to keep up with it rather than wait until your closet is full. If I own a tie that hasn't been worn in 6 months (unless it's something incredibly seasonal), it's sold/donated/traded. If I have two cord jackets that are similar but I catch myself preferring one or the other, the other is gone.
I have a pants rack in my closet that holds 18 pairs of trousers. I switch it out for the season, but if it fills, then I know I probably have too many trousers.
I'm still guilty of bringing things home that I probably won't use often but were picked up due to the price. I am also a sucker for a clearance sale. However, I'm getting better at leaving something behind. It's rare that I would leave something and 6 months later still think about it or regret it.
One last trick I often do is consider the price + tailoring when I'm holding onto something that might work. Sure it's an €10 jacket that would work, but I'm going to spend €30 or so tailoring it. Would I buy it if it were marked at €40 instead of €10?