Rules For Cleaning Out Your Wardrobe

This is going to be a pictureless post since I really didn’t want to be reminded of how cluttered and inefficient my closet was.

The church my parents attend launched a donation drive for the less fortunate (is that the right term these days…?) and they were asking for the usual: reusable items in good condition, especially new or lightly worn clothes.

Usually, I end up picking out a few separate items… A couple tshirts here, a pair of old shorts or capris, a random dress shirt I find, etc. All in all, I usually take up less than 1/5 of a garbage bag around donation time.

This time, I managed to take up TWO WHOLE FREAKIN’ GARBAGE BAGS.

AND I still think that my closet doesn’t have enough breathing room! But, at least I do have some space for impulse clothes purchases now without any buyer’s remorse. Plus, it’s going towards a good cause, you know?

Anyway, how did I manage to part with about half of my entire wardrobe? I simply followed these rules:

  • If it’s see through and it’s not supposed to be see through, TOSS IT!
  • If it’s got worn-out holes in it in places it shouldn’t have any holes, TOSS IT!
  • If it doesn’t fit, DONATE IT!
  • If you have several garments of the same type and colour, DONATE IT! (Seriously, the vast majority of people won’t notice if you’re wearing navy blue or dark imperial blue.)

But, the biggest rule I found myself following was this…

If you can’t remember wearing it in the last 2 years, DONATE IT!

If you haven’t touched it in a couple years, it obviously means that you don’t care much to wear it and it’s taking up valuable real estate in your closet for something that you’ll like more in about a week. (Like that sweater you saw at Anthropologie the other day!)

Don’t forget: Clothes, fashion and style help communicate to the world your personality, but they should never be a substitute for who you are.

Donate your clothes to those who might truly need it to stay warm this winter. Not sure where to drop off your old clothes? Here’s a handy list for those of you in Canada!



Parkour Clothes – A little advice

Okay, so the TIFF movie reviews are taking longer than I thought it would… In the meantime, look at what I got today!

Training Pants


New training pants!

Last week, I went to my parkour lesson and I, for some strange, strange reason, decided to wear some casual khaki capris. It was raining and kind of cool, so I figured why not wear these non-denim pants and go training in them.

Turns out, that it was a pretty stupid idea for a female parkour-er.

I don’t know if you’ve noticed this or not, but women’s pants tend to be a little tighter than men’s around the hips. Can you guess what needs the most range of motion in parkour? THE HIPS.

I tried to jump onto a vault without using my hands, but because I’m still kind of inexperienced with jumping that high and because I quickly found out that I couldn’t lift my leg up high enough for me to get the height I needed because my pants were too tight around my hips and upper thighs.

I won’t tell you how badly I wiped out on the gym mat. (At least I didn’t smash my face into the vault in front of me, I’ll tell you that much!)

Anyway, my parkour tip for today: Wear VERY comfortable and NON-RESTRICTING clothes. Ladies, invest in a good pair of training pants, shorts and a sports bra that’ll lock those girls in! And, don’t be a smartass and think that you can get away with mainstream casual wear. It’ll come back to bite you in the butt. (Or worse. My shin will tell you about it.)



Purging the Closet

My closet’s been looking like a textile monster barfed all over it, so I did a quick purge of old clothes that I haven’t worn in a year or they’ve seen better days.

How did I hoard a whole garbage bag full of usable clothes and 4 other bags?!

I’ll be donating all of these clothes to a church donation drive for the homeless and poor next week so they can get a second life. I’m not nearly creative or crafty enough to transform them into crafts.

How often do you clean out your wardrobe? What do you do to your old clothes?