spring cleaning vol. 1

Seeing as how spring is right around the corner (ignoring the sudden blizzard in mid-March) I thought it would be fun to do a spring cleaning series!Β The first area of spring cleaning I’ll be talking about is your closet. Well, my closet. Hopefully, this will help you clean out your closet too!

// closet //

I purge my closet seasonally, partially because my closets are never big enough to hold more than a season’s worth of clothing at a time, and mainly because co-op has me moving every 4 months anyways. (I’m also wondering if I ever really thought through enrolling in a co-op program because I definitely didn’t fathom the sheer amount of moving I’ve had to do over the last 3.5 years.) The moving really helps with keeping clutter down because moving is already a hassle and who wants to move extra things if they don’t have to?

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closet goals

If you know me, you would also know I have a slight shopping problem. I help my wallet out by doing most of this shopping at thrift stores or sales, but it was still getting to the point where I didn’t recognize half my closet. On top of the money issue, I just wasn’t loving all the things that I’ve bought. I’d buy a skirt because it was only $5 then never wear it again. It didn’t matter how cheap the skirt was because I never got any use out of it. So, a couple months back I decided to sit down and take a look at the clothes that I already owned and figure out what my personal style is.

closet goals

I threw together a collage of pictures from my Pinterest board of the direction I want my closet to move towards. Some of the words I scrawled down when I was contemplating this change included: minimal, chic, simple, refined.

I think you can tell right off the bat that I’m taking a step back from colours and staying monochromatic. About 70% of my closet right now is already blacks/whites/greys so this is an easy enough move. It makes it so much easier to get dressed because everything goes together. I’m not rejecting colours entirely, but I’m definitely walking away from crazy prints and opting for black and white patterns instead.

I’m also trying to find pieces that are just slightly different enough from the standard that makes it unique. I love the sheer panelling on that black skirt and I’d love a plain white t-shirt that has a similar panel on the sleeves.

I also cracked down on how I shopped:

  • Just because it’s on sale doesn’t mean I need it.
  • If I can’t think of at least two outfits to wear it as a part of, I can’t buy it.
  • If there’s anything I don’t 100% love about the fit or the material I put it back.

My ultimate goal is to figure out exactly what my personal style is and to pare down my closet so I’m not over-shopping and over-spending.