Styling Librarian: Moving- Letting Go: Clothes
Styling Librarian: The Great Clothing Purge
In order to even approach putting together clothes that would travel to Hong Kong with me, I knew I would have to let go of a load of items that I’d collected and loved for years. The climate over there is much warmer than this Alaskan turned Oregonian is used to or equipped for. So I asked wonderous Holley Shepard of Put Together http://www.puttogether.net/ to come help me purge and organize. I was so thankful that I approached it in this way.
Sure, I put some things to the side that I knew I didn’t need, but Holley approached my closet with a wise eye and a quick statement- this shirt doesn’t help you make multiple outfits or this color is limiting, let’s use this one instead. What a relief it was (and surprising) to find my ‘let it go pile’ growing. By thirty minutes in, I was able to begin the great gutting process full-heartedly with comments about what Holley was suggesting keeping and also what I knew I would never wear again. It was quite exhilarating. I think I only brought a few things back into my closet that were in the pile (mostly ones that would help me live for the next two months and then I’ll let them go before we move).
Overall, I highly recommend a huge closet purging experience. Once again, as with my great book collection purge, I focused on where I can donate clothes to benefit others whether to friends, family, library thrift store, Goodwill, etc. I found the process of thinking of others make it much easier to let go. I sorted through the intimidating pile of gurgled clothes and put together six bags of nice quality clothes for the thrift store, five clothes for Goodwill and one for family to sort through.
Even had fun passing some treasures along to Holley- including a coat I thought she’d find useful for some client from the clothing swap I ran a few weeks before: (I was very excited to pass on my favorite swing dance shoes, especially since they haven’t been comfortable in years.)
After we purged the closet we also had numerous suggested outfits- hit over 10 this time that were versatile and also interchangeable. Additionally, a few days later, Holley emailed me with inspiring ideas for what to purchase for life in Hong Kong and some sale shopping ideas. I have now ordered around numerous items online that will be perfect and additionally I had a fun with my sister shopping for some of the items that Holley suggested. I even found a new pair of shoes after letting go of 10 pairs and keeping 6. The only part that made me waffle was my boots. Somehow some colleagues think I have a load of boots- I only have 2 pairs, which I adore. I don’t think I’ll be wearing boots much in the hot humid climate, yet cannot let them go. To storage they go in July!