At some point, we have all been guilty of repeating the
“I have nothing to wear” mantra.
This is problematic because you know it’s not true, and it can lead to wasteful impulse shopping. Cleaning out your closet can be a great way to start 2017 off on the right foot. The morning mad dash won’t seem so hectic, since you’ll know exactly what to wear everyday. Suddenly your closet will seem much more spacious, part of your wardrobe can be donated to a good cause, and you might even gain a bit of extra cash selling some clothes that are otherwise collecting dust.
Commit to the cause! Leave the excuses aside, and mentally prepare yourself to part ways with some treasured belongings. Although you may have made great memories in that stained and ripped college sweater, rest assured, the memories will live on despite whether or not it sticks around. Also, be sure to dedicate a couple of hours to the entire process. Completing your closet cleanse in one session will ensure that you only keep what you really need, and will be much more satisfying when completed. First things first, completely empty your closet. The time has come to organize all of your clothing into three piles.
KEEP PILE: For an item to qualify for the Keep pile, ask yourself: ‘Have I worn this in the past 6-12 months?’, ‘Does it fit my current body type?’ and ‘If I saw this in a shop today, would I purchase it?’.
REPAIR/ALTER PILE: For clothes that meet this criteria, but are slightly damaged or might fit better with a slight alteration, place them in the Repair/Alter pile. Conveniently, in Korea, taking clothing to the dry cleaners (세탁소) is very economical. Dry cleaning your clothes can return them to their original pristine state. Furthermore, they can repair your clothing, make alterations, and even replace missing buttons, for less than 10,000 won. Not only is that more affordable than replacing the item entirely, but you’ll also be a responsible consumer.
2ND HOME PILE: Clothing is one of the biggest contributions to landfill waste. There are handfuls of ethical ways to dispose of your unwanted garments without having to throw them in the garbage.
+ For some extra cash, join a marketplace app like Depop, and within minutes, sell your threads to a global community of fellow fashion lovers.
+ Host a get-together with friends and have a clothing exchange!
+ Have a street-sale, or rent a share-space and gather a few stylish friends together to host a clothing sale. This one can get you quite a bit of cash, and you only need one afternoon for it. That, and all you have to do is sit there and sip on lemonade. B )
+ Join a fashion community group on good ol' FB, or post the clothes in an album on your profile. When I'm in Montreal, I often use 'Tout le monde est pu capable de son linge' or 'McGill Clothing Exchange'. Try to find one in your community or university, or better yet, start your own!
Less is more when it comes to your wardrobe.
Clothes that are easily visible end up being worn more regularly, and purchasing a matching set of hangers is a great way to accomplish this. For smaller items like undergarments, socks and accessories, organize them into clear boxes (like the ones they have at MUJI). To see how you are doing 6 months from now, face all of your hangers away from you. The moment you wear an item, turn the hanger in the correct direction. In 6 months, you’ll be able to see which items will need to be reconsidered.