I tossed half my closet … here’s why!
We’ve lived in our house for over 20 years, and believe it or not, my closet space has always been a disaster! It wasn’t a high priority when we built the house, and it just got worse over time. So, you can imagine my excitement when I started dreaming of a new closet, and The Closet Factory in Portland and their talented designer Veronika put my design ideas (and hers) into a beautiful and functional plan. The closet has exceeded my expectations, and I’m very impressed with the quality and how it all came together. It still needs some finishing touches (like beautiful knobs and a light fixture), but today I thought I’d give you a sneak peek!
Because my clothes lived in the hallway for what felt like a year (!), I had a lot of time to think about what I would toss and what I would keep. It felt so good to take my time and carefully put each item back into my brand new, gorgeous closet! Purchasing matching hangers – talk about a game changer – I highly suggest doing it, even if you’re not re-doing your closet. My dear interior designer friend Heidi helped pick the gorgeous wallpaper, Antelope carpet and light fixture, and last week she popped by to make it extra pretty. I’ll share the final closet photos next month when it’s complete!
Today’s post is about what to toss and what to replenish. I highly recommend doing a full closet refresh, because most of us have way too many things — and this makes getting dressed WAY harder! Trust me, it feels so good, and I really wish I would have tidied it up way before now 🙂
Sneak peek photos
Denim with a low-rise, stained white denim, any poorly fitting styles.
All mid-high rise denim in white, faded blue or gray wash
If you’re like me, then you’re most likely rotating through 3-4 pairs of jeans at any given time. That’s why it’s best to toss anything that’s dated. This includes low-rise denim and anything that’s ill-fitting. Since denim is the backbone of our closets, the ones you do own should fit perfectly! Here are some favorites I’m loving right now:
Dingy bras and panties, anything that hasn’t been worn in a year
I’m pretty sure we all have stretched out bras and some panties that need to go — unless you’re Marie Kondo 😉 Nothing feels better than new panties and bras. Below are a few of my favorites. Not pictured are the Chantelle Soft Stretch, one size fits all panties — they’re the best under dresses!
Tees with holes or stains, graphic tees I’m no longer wearing
New white tees, any Anine Bing tees
I’m still puzzled as to why holes appear in strange places on our tees, but when they do, it’s time to toss! I still love ATM tees (I just refreshed my own), and I have my eye on this Anine Bing one after seeing it on my friend Danielle.
Mismatched pj’s, ratty robes
New sleepwear (feels so good), and this new robe
Wow I didn’t realize how many pj’s I had accumulated over the years. I literally threw half of them away, and can’t wait to add a few new sets!
Old swimwear and coverups
Classic coverups and one piece sophisticated swimsuits
Since it had been awhile since I’d gone anywhere sunny, I realized I didn’t have much to wear over my swimsuit with the exception of this coverup. I recently added a few new ones since travel is once again on the horizon!
Shoes I haven’t worn in over a year
Lower heeled sandals
For the first time ever, I took all my shoes out of boxes, and now I can see all of them — which is so exciting! Except … I didn’t want to see the old ones I’ll most likely never wear again. So, goodbye old shoes!
Dated dresses not worn in two years (not saving for a “just in case!”)
Casual dresses for lunch dates and around the house
This is another category that needs a refresh in my own closet. Any dresses that haven’t been worn in a couple of years didn’t make the cut. It could be a good excuse to add a new one or two 🙂
Thank you for reading! xx