I love finding really special pieces for my closet, and also love finding those really good, useful pieces that I wear constantly (case in point). That’s pretty much what I want my closet to be composed of: those special pieces that I love, and those pieces that I love that are workhorses. And I have a lot of both, but I also have a lot of pieces that are just middling – they’re fine, they fit, they’re decent, so I have a hard time getting rid of them, but I hardly ever wear them and they just sit there. I’m all about paring down and editing my belongings (it’s a constant process), so this bugs me. That’s why I was intrigued by this post on Heart of Light yesterday. She put a yellow ribbon on all of those fine-but-don’t-wear-a-lot items to see if eventually (after wearing it and enjoying it), the ribbons would disappear…in which case, she would keep the item. Every time she wore a beribboned item she would use it as an opportunity to evaluate how she felt about the piece, and therefore whether or not she should keep it. I love the idea and am considering trying it.
Another good idea that I love (and not just for clothing) is to get rid of one thing for every new thing that you bring in. I can’t remember where I first heard that, but I really think it creates a lot of good opportunities for evaluating and editing your belongings.
Do you guys have any good tips for keeping your wardrobes under control and making sure that you only keep what you love and use? I’m all ears!