Open Thread: What Are You Purging From Your Closet Right Now?


A few week in the past, I moved into my very own place in Brooklyn. It felt each monumental (the primary place I might name my very own since my highschool bed room!) and scary (financially, possibly idiotic!). Most of all, it confirmed me that I merely have an excessive amount of shit. 

Say it with me: Too! A lot! Shit!

The “an excessive amount of shit” mantra applies to just about each facet of my life—random papers, half-stamped loyalty playing cards, a metric ton of tote baggage, face mists I used to be positive I’d deliver to the seashore sometime. However, after all, I even have an excessive amount of clothes. I introduced trash baggage full of sweaters, garment baggage by the baker’s dozen, footwear stacked as much as my chin. 

I’m not good at shedding. However I’m prepared for The Purge. (No, not the 2013 dystopian thriller with a 39% Rotten Tomatoes score. We’re already residing in that.)

So, what am I purging? Coats that really feel redundant. I don’t want a second fleece. These pink Balenciaga pumps I purchased for $80 from The RealReal that I in all probability received’t put on ever once more (learn: greater than as soon as). That puffy inexperienced headband I can’t appear to determine the way to put on.

I’m nixing the items in my closet which can be “doubles”—gadgets whose operate and elegance are served by one other merchandise in my closet that just about has the identical goal. I’m eliminating clothes I haven’t worn prior to now yr (pre-pandemic, that’s). And I’m slicing the issues that don’t really feel like they may develop with me within the subsequent yr, that really feel ensconced in a sure former model of myself. 

So far as what I wish to purchase, that churn fee has slowed. The issues I need are far more particular: a shirt I do know will assist a small model, a pair of earrings that may allow me to play dress-up for a dinner date outdoors, or house items that may assist my days go quicker or slower, relying on what I want.


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