With September just around the corner, I did a quick closet clean out this weekend and began prepping my closet for the early days of fall.
What does that closet prep look like?
SWAPPING PIECES FROM STORAGE
I bid a (temporary) farewell to a few summer pieces and put them in storage. I like to do this because it gives them a break so they don’t wear out prematurely. It also gives me a chance to shake up my wardrobe. I may be tired of wearing a certain piece, so I’ll retire it for a season — but then when I pull it out of storage later, it’s love all over again. Most importantly, storing off season pieces keeps my closet clutter-free which really simplifies getting dressed in the mornings.
As my summer pieces were going into storage, I pulled some of my early fall pieces out of storage. It’s exciting to see them again! (And, if you’re wondering, by “storage” I mean a plastic bin in the guest bedroom closet.)
MENDING, DEFUZZING, ETC.
I got my fall pieces up to speed by depilling and defuzzing my knits, mending anything that had lost a button, and taking anything to the tailor if it needs an alteration or the dry cleaner if it needs a good cleaning.
This doesn’t take much time, but it can make older pieces feel new again — and it quells that urge to run out and shop for a new piece. Sometimes it’s easy to think a piece is worn out, but it really just needs a good depilling or a good cleaning.
A GOOD CLEANING
I also conducted a quick closet clean out. Not only did I check my clothes, to make sure I still love everything in there, I also did some real cleaning to freshen up my closet. I dusted the baseboards, cleaned the shelves, and vacuumed the floor.
As I was taking inventory of my clothes, to see if there was anything that didn’t fit anymore or wasn’t fitting a need in my life, I realized that my approach to a closet clean out has changed.
I’m much slower to let go of clothes these days. Whereas in the past, I was all about letting ’em go if they weren’t serving a need in my closet right then.
It makes sense. Back then, I had a closet stuffed with cheap clothes that didn’t match my style or lifestyle. So those first few clean outs were pretty mammoth.
But now, I have an edited closet that I love and most of my clothes fit my lifestyle. If a piece is high quality, but I’m just not feelin’ it at the moment, I still keep it. I just put it into storage for a little while.
Notice, I said most of my clothes fit my lifestyle. :)
I still make mistakes, and I’ll be chatting about a few of those mistakes in Thursday’s post — the second installment of my Style Series, the Summer Wrap Up. I’ll also be covering my most worn pieces, least worn pieces, and lessons I’ve learned this summer. I’m excited to share it!
In the meantime, is there anything else you’d like to see me cover in my Summer Wrap Up? And I’m also curious — do you err on the side of keeping high quality pieces for “one day?” or do you like to give things a new home once they aren’t fitting a need in your closet?
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04 | Bag by ONA
05 | Hat by Hinge (Fit note: It’s got an adjustable drawstring inside so it won’t blow off on a windy day, yay!)
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