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^ You must have known deprivation in a previous life

Sometimes, if there's something I know I need to get rid of, I think of a way to donate it that I'm really happy with, and that helps motivate me to clear things out.

I have a neighbor who's on the board of the local homeless shelter, and she had taken someone who was transitioning to housing under her wing. It's never been easier for me to get rid of things than when I was going through my closets and cabinets looking for things for this one particular person who was starting again from scratch.

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I need to clean my closets so badly! I always feel so much better after I've done a solid edit. My thought is that if you haven't worn it in a long time/it doesn't make you happy/doesn't fit anymore/no more excitement, then get rid of it!

I remember a quote Diane Von Furstenburg said, about how when opening your closet you should only see very good friends.

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I definitely find it easier to give things away than to throw them away. My mom always knows people that just recently moved here from russia and need basic things. She even gives away my old makeup and hair products which is nice since otherwise I would waste a ton.

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Definitely agree with giving items away to people you know need it or to a charity shop. I think when you keep that in min it makes it easier to part with items you don't need or wear.

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i did it a couple of years ago, when i moved to a muuuuuuuuch smaller apartment. i decided to only keep the things that fitted like couture, or things i love or special pieces. if i hadn't worn it for more than a year for no specific reason, then so long, have a good life in someone else's body.
this led me to make a terrible mistake, and i didn't take into account that i like to wear statement pieces with basics, so i got rid of a lot of things because they weren't special in any way!! it was difficult to dress from that moment on, but the result was that i started wearing things that i almost never did, and mix them in the most unconventional ways to make it work! and the best part was that everyday i wore something that i really loved.
during that frenzy riddence i only had in mind that i wouldn't have that much space to keep it, but now, in retrospective, i regret getting rid of some pieces...

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^ Yes, I myself don't get rid of things that are duplicates because I know I'll wear them eventually ... or when other things are at the cleaners.

Of course there are bad duplicates ... I once had a pair of black pants that seemed fine in the store, but all you had to do was walk across the room & the pants functioned like a lint roller ... all the lint in the room was suddenly on me. Those are gone ...

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i did it a couple of years ago, when i moved to a muuuuuuuuch smaller apartment. i decided to only keep the things that fitted like couture, or things i love or special pieces. if i hadn't worn it for more than a year for no specific reason, then so long, have a good life in someone else's body.
this led me to make a terrible mistake, and i didn't take into account that i like to wear statement pieces with basics, so i got rid of a lot of things because they weren't special in any way!! it was difficult to dress from that moment on, but the result was that i started wearing things that i almost never did, and mix them in the most unconventional ways to make it work! and the best part was that everyday i wore something that i really loved.
during that frenzy riddence i only had in mind that i wouldn't have that much space to keep it, but now, in retrospective, i regret getting rid of some pieces...
I've experienced something like this recently. Moved out of my family home into a flat with my boyfriend. So I had to reduce 10 years' worth of clothes [and I never throw anything out!] to a workable amount. I'm lucky to have a whole spare room to store my clothes in [though not much closet space] and so I thought I was being sensible by only bringing the clothes that stood out to me. Big mistake! I left behind all the strange, anonymous looking black jersey things and peculiar layerable things that never seem like a good idea... until they prove to be the essential item that makes an outfit work. They're still there and I have to go back and through it all to give my folks some space but I'm dreading it, it'll be a mammoth task.

In the meantime, I've ended up shopping to fill the gap! Oops.

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thank gawd i have storage space...
i don't believe in ANY of that stuff that those people on those TV shows say...

* if you haven't worn it in a year, then get rid of it...
BAH!...

i keep stuff for ages and ages...
i still have stuff from high school...
it's all really good quality and i love every piece...

i may weed out a few pieces here and there every couple of years...
but for the most part...
if it's a good piece i keep it...
i know from experience that i'll get to it eventually...
even if it gets tucked away on the top shelf for a few seasons...
i know there'll come a time when i get something new that works with perfectly with it and suddenly that old piece will have a new life...


so - yeah...
i keep everything indefinitely...
cleaning out my closet usually just means re-organizing it...
refolding sweaters...
bringing favourites to the front and tucking away out of season stuff...

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thank gawd i have storage space...
i don't believe in ANY of that stuff that those people on those TV shows say...

* if you haven't worn it in a year, then get rid of it...
BAH!...
Exactly!

What a boring, two-dimensional wardrobe I would have if I only kept stuff I wear regularly. Yesterday I wore a pretty 40s-style printed dress I bought when I was about 19 [27 now] and hadn't worn in three or four years. And got lots of compliments and 'Ooh is that new?' remarks. And how nice it is when a funny, difficult old piece you had almost....ALMOST given up hope on... proves to be the little stroke of genius that turns an outfit from presentable to exceptional.

I think TV stylists assume that we are all hopeless, depressed, dowdy people who are afraid of interesting clothes and sartorial expression, for whom the only hope is a safe primary-coloured-and-neutral palette of banal, current high street basics. [Gok Wan is a definite culprit of this - the man's sense of colour is narrow to say the least.] How unambitious. Some of us actually like to play with clothes! That... or it's a plot to make sure they and their fellow stylists are the only ones with an arsenal of fashion oddities and treasures!

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i think those tv shows are just for entertainment and no one should actually take anything that they say too seriously..

if those people were good stylists, then they would still be stylists rather than tv hosts...

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thank gawd i have storage space...
i don't believe in ANY of that stuff that those people on those TV shows say...

* if you haven't worn it in a year, then get rid of it...
BAH!...

i keep stuff for ages and ages...
i still have stuff from high school...
it's all really good quality and i love every piece...

i may weed out a few pieces here and there every couple of years...
but for the most part...
if it's a good piece i keep it...
i know from experience that i'll get to it eventually...
even if it gets tucked away on the top shelf for a few seasons...
i know there'll come a time when i get something new that works with perfectly with it and suddenly that old piece will have a new life...


so - yeah...
i keep everything indefinitely...
cleaning out my closet usually just means re-organizing it...
refolding sweaters...
bringing favourites to the front and tucking away out of season stuff...

:p
I definitely agree about the 1 year rule - its dumb! I do occasionally get rid of pieces that arent really my style anymore, not more than 2-3 a year usually. But I have plenty of stuff I havent worn in over a year that I love. I just dont have enough occasions to wear all my nicer things to. And I keep buying

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^I have some fantastic dresses that I wear for Christmas or New Year's Eve, and of course I don't wear the same two years in a row...why would I get rid of those fantastic dresses? Same thing about coats, really.

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I am 'cleaning out my closet' tomorrow evening... I won't be throwing too much away, it's more so a spring clean, getting ready for the warmer months and packing away some of the heavier items that I won't be able to wear during the transition period between seasons...

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wow, this thread has been quite helpful for me to read through. i am currently living in my childhood home, and there is much to declutter, especially with a death in the family. at the moment, it just seems as though i cannot bring myself to throw anything away, and i feel quite debilitated by it all. i feel better knowing that i am not alone.

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Definitely check out the books that have been mentioned in this thread It's quite true that you really have to get your head in the right place before you can be successful clearing clutter. Good luck

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