The Savvy Sage of Sewing Stimulation

Closet Time

I bet you know what I’m going to start in on….before I even start.  But here’s the thing – whether you call it closet cleaning or closet culling or whatever, this is really a perfect time of year to do this.  It puts you in such a great place to start your projects.

And talk about a quickie project.  This shouldn’t take more than a few hours, at the most half a day (unless it’s really bad, and then you really do need to do this).

What we’re really going to do is select all the great stuff out of your closet and let the rest of it go.  I want you to focus on the great stuff, because that’s the stuff that is lost, you can’t see it, you don’t know you have it, so how in the world are you going to even wear it or think about wearing it if you can’t even find it in your closet?

We’re going to pull out that good stuff and build around that.  And this is not only going to make your closet more useable, it’s going to make your closet really work better FOR YOU!


This is exactly how my closet talks to me when I open it.  I know not only what’s in there, but where to find it and how it’s going to look on me.  Everything begs me to wear it, but alas, I have to choose one for whatever I’m doing that day.

So here’s the perimeters I use when I’m cleaning out my own closet:

  1. Have I worn this in the last year?
  2. Does it fit? (Be honest – it doesn’t work unless you’re honest)
  3. Is this in my current lifestyle? (Something left over from your 20 something doesn’t necessarily work when you’re reaching retirement age no matter if it’s what you wore when you got engaged or not – let it go!)
  4. Is this my color? (Yes, you love green, but it has NEVER looked good on you and if you think that’s going to change, let me assure you it doesn’t – your coloring is genetics not whether your thin or not.)
  5. Is this worn out?  (The trouble with most fast fashion is that it really doesn’t last, and holding onto it, isn’t going to make it last longer.)

Now that you’ve pulled out most of the stuff that’s not working, you can put it into three stacks:

  1. Bye-bye – it’s gone!
  2. I’ll keep it for a year, after that it’s bye-bye
  3. Keepers

Now you’re going to have a few things (like single-digit amounts here), that will be an exception.  I have a beautiful beaded top from my mother’s closet that won’t go no matter what.  I also have some coats that are 20+ years old that don’t go.  But most of the items in your closet will fit into these three stacks.

Put the #2 stack  away from your eyes and memory.  If you do think of them…miss them… remember them, then bring them back into your closet.  But remember they are on probation, and if you’re not wearing them in a year again, it’s probably a signal that they need to go.  They are no longer servicing you and this is about THEM servicing YOU not the other way around.

Here’s what happens when you do this –

First, you’re going to have a great sense of relief having done this and feel great that you have your closet back, because it has been owned by the fast/cheap fashion clogging your closet.

Second, you can actually see what you have, and believe me, you will see some long missed items that you’ve probably been looking for but couldn’t see for all the junk in the way.  It’s going to be like a treasure hunt and you’ve hit the jackpot.

Third, this FINALLY gives you a place to start for creating your own look and wardrobe – and remember this wardrobe is going to work for you, and you won’t be held hostage any more by the junk fashion stuff masking all the beautiful things that are and could be in your closet.

You will have some holes – and sometimes some serious holes, but this just lets you know what you need to create to fill those holes instead of making the same thing that you already have in your closet.

Good luck, and let me know how you’re doing with this.  And if you need some more inspiration, don’t worry I can get my bull whip out!!!  (you know that’s a joke!!!)closing


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