Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Closet Ultimatum

Several weeks ago, I started a closet clean-out.  I now have a pile of things to try consigning, but I didn't really get through my whole closet.  I've been thinking about it for a few weeks now, and I think I'm going to do somewhat of a reverse 30x30.  Basically, I need to assess the things I rarely wear and determine why I never wear them. This lady has limited closet space and there is no room for items that don't play nicely with others!

Here's my plan:
  • Finish closet clean out!  Each item goes into one of the following categories:
    • Keep:  these are items I wear regularly
    • Sell:  these are items that I have no problem getting rid of - they either don't fit, or aren't really my style anymore.
    • Donate:  these are items that I think won't sell
    • Maybe:  these are the leftovers.  Clothes that I'm not ready to let go of, but maybe I don't wear very often.  These clothes will be added to the closet ultimatum challenge.  
    • Refashion:  Things that I want to modify slightly to turn them into keepers.   This should be a very small pile. 
  •  The Challenge: 
    • Separate "maybe" items into summer and winter.  Anything left in the summer pile is my first challenge.  Depending on how many items there are, I might break it up into a couple groups. 
    • Then I will have 1 month to wear each item in the challenge pile.  I think I will try to wear each thing twice, to see if it plays well with other items in my closet.   
    • At the end of the month, anything I haven't worn has to go.  
    • The things I have worn will be re-assessed and either kept or sold/donated.  I might even ask you all to weigh in on whether the item is a keeper or not.  
I'm starting with tops and skirts.  I have my Summer Challenge pieces selected.

11 tops: 

9 skirts:  

I'm giving myself until the end of August to wear each of these items at least once and make a final decision about whether they get to stay or get pitched.

I will be sorting the rest of my closet, so I may add some dresses, shoes, and purses to the summer challenge, too.  Then once the weather turns cooler (maybe in October), I will start my winter ultimatum challenge.

Should be a fun way to make myself get rid of things!  I'm just hoping I don't hate every outfit I wear for the next month!


  1. My closet is full of things I don't wear! I need to try something like this.

  2. Thanks for visiting my blog Andi! I SO need to do something like this.. great idea! Just might try it for August!!
    Nikki at Bedazzles After Dark

  3. Oh my goodness I need to do this too! I got great ideas for my closet in this post :-)

    Dainty and Decadent

  4. Good idea. I've been putting off my clean up.

  5. I'm so mad at Google Reader... It deleted you from my feed, so I realized today I'd been missing your posts!

    I love this idea! After moving and cleaning out my closet I've been trying to give new life to those items I justified keeping. It's been fun rediscovering some items I've neglected.