Once you’ve purged and considered your aims for your wardrobe (see Part 1), you’re well on your way toward building a more intentional one that serves your needs. This isn’t about winning any contest for the smallest number of pieces or meeting someone else’s needs; it’s about being purposeful regarding keeping only those items that really make sense for you, personally, in your individual life at this moment in time.
You don’t need be concerned with what you’ll need in case you decide to stay home with your kids, change careers, or go back to school. Don’t worry about if you lose or gain a significant amount of weight. Sure, it could happen. But just think about your current needs, along with your actual size.
If you’re going through this process step-by-step as you read these posts, you should have first separated each item in your closet into one of three piles: Keep, Consider, Purge. Then you should have further divided up the “Consider” pile into “Keep” or “Purge,” based on an honest evaluation (see Part 2).
Hopefully by the time you finished our second post, you became convinced that we’re really not just trying to force you to get rid of things; we’re actually helping guide you toward rebuilding — but this time, with greater intentionality.
Rebuilding with Purpose: Contemplation First, Shopping Second
We know, we know. It can be fun to peruse the clothing aisles and especially the bargain racks, ready to be surprised by a fun find.
But let’s just hazard a guess at where many of those fun finds ended up? Exactly. Maybe it really was an adorable piece, but it just wasn’t your best color or style. Or maybe you never wore it because you didn’t have anything to wear it with, and you realize now that it’s not worth the price of another piece.
Whatever your hang-up, you may find it helpful to discuss your issue with a friend and have her help you compile a limited color scheme or style guide for future purchases.
Going Back Through the “Purge” Pile: Preparing to Shop
Just like we went back through the “Consider” pile, it’s time to go back through the “Purge” pile, this time separating those items that really never should again grace anyone else’s closet, versus those that are suitable for donating or worthy of being purchased by someone else with a different wardrobe aim. The ones in the latter category may be a good fit for consignment at The Penny Pincher Boutique.
But here’s the deal: your consignment appointment is not the time to shop — not yet. First, you need to make sure you’ve succeeded in getting every single “Purge” pile piece out of your house — as well as clarifying your clear style and color scheme for future purchases.
Continue reading with Part 4.
Penny Pincher Boutique
We’re Westchester’s luxury consignment shop offering women’s designer clothing, jewelry, shoes, handbags and much more. Visit our shop at 184 Harris Road in Bedford Hills, New York or visit us online at www.pennypincherboutique.com. You can also find a selection of our items on sale on eBay. We ship throughout the United States.