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Parting is such sweet sorrow!

January 8, 2010

So it’s mid-winter, and if you’re anything like me, your closet is probably having an identity crisis. Tucked amongst the bulky knits and trouser pants is a tank top you “borrowed” from a friend, a blazer with a missing button and that sweater Aunt Lou knit by hand. No, I’m not saying you should get rid of anything…yet. To clear out space and determine if you should truly part ways with those old pieces, try using a “hold box” once a season.

It’s this really simple concept (for which I will give credit to a good friend of mine, Jenna, for explaining to me). Simply sort through your closet and pull the items that you haven’t worn lately (that includes anything you’re “hoping to fit into next year”). Box them up and store for the season. If you find yourself sifting through the box throughout the season, feel free to pull a piece only if you’re set on wearing it. In that case, said piece gains admittance to your closet again.

Come the new season, donate whatever you haven’t worn from your “hold box” to your local Salvation Army or Goodwill and start the whole process again.

Also make a “repair” box—if it’s missing a button, needs to be hemmed or any other such repair, pile them together and put them in your car for easy access the next time you pass the tailor.

If you need more time than just one season to ponder tossing an item, things banished to the hold box can carry over from season to season. But, as a rule of thumb—don’t keep it for over a year!

What a great way to spend a snowy Saturday afternoon!

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One Comment leave one →
  1. Jenna permalink
    January 13, 2010 9:05 pm

    Great post! I find it is helpful to stick a date label on my hold box, so I know when I started it and also know when it’s time to make a donation trip.

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