Quality, Taste & Style: Step 1
I recently picked up Tim Gunn’s book at a second hand book shop, and I am finding it very interesting.
In fact, I am already stuck because there are action items in this book. Chapter Three: Diagnosing the Common Closet – Page 62. He asks his readers to go through their closets and sort the items into four piles.
The Soul Stirring Pile – for clothes that are fantastic and make you feel fantastic.
The Repair Pile – for clothes that you love but need attention (he gives you 5 days only to get the job done!)
The Give-Away Pile and Throw Out Pile – are hairier situations, and he gives out some pointers/guidance
Tim brought up a very good point – don’t keep anything that doesn’t make you feel fabulous in. This could be that dress that you bought for way-too-much-but-doesn’t-fit-quite-right-but-it’s-so-expensive-i-am-going-to-keep-it, it could be the pants a size or two too tight but-one-day-might-fit, or it could be the awful gifts that you get and feel obligated to keep. The point is, it doesn’t matter – if it doesn’t make you feel fabulous, then these are “closet-based sources of unhappiness” that need to be rid of. On the other hand, even if it is a simple cotton t-shirt that you feel fabulous in – then you should keep it!
As I have mentioned in previous posts, I have gone through my closet many times over the last year. But, I haven’t gone through it with this new mentality, before, and I am not sure I am ready to be so ruthless with my clothes. I guess I still have this fear of “what if…”
I have a new challenge on my hands.
How do you define what stays and what goes in your closet purges/re-org?