Have you ever tried something on and thought “not today” and put it back? Guilty! I used to be incredibly wasteful with my clothing, until I simplified it and build a more functional wardrobe. To get out of this cycle, I played a game that allowed me to properly cull and organize my wardrobe.
The game is simple: wear something different every day, and no relying on old-faithfuls. You have to actually wear the items outside and to work or wherever you are going, no exceptions. I can’t tell you how easy it is to put a shirt into that donate bag that’s been cutting into your arm all day, or tossing in jeans that have cut off your circulation. It doesn’t matter what any of it cost – that money is already gone, and holding on to that item won’t make it fit any better. However, if there is an item in your wardrobe that is ill-fitting on the larger side and you still can’t bear to part with it, consider bringing it to a tailor.
Try and do this challenge for a minimum of one month (longer, preferably), depending on the size of your current wardrobe. To start, empty out your closet and then “shop” the mountain of items. Only put back what you think you’ll wear, and donate the rest. Don’t just put it on and then put it back! You know that expensive silk blouse you bought but never wear because it’s too tight across the chest and you can barely move? Wear it to work tomorrow and I promise you, tomorrow night you’ll happily toss it straight into the donation bin!
Once you’ve organized your closet and the challenge is over, do it all over again! When you have the proper clothes and an organized closet, putting together functional outfits will be a breeze.