how to approach an overflowing closet

Are you constantly running out of hangers? Do your clothes fill your closet to the max?
It's time to assess that overflowing closet confidently.

Here are some questions to ask yourself:

  1. When was the last time i wore it?
  2. Does it have irreparable stains, holes and pulls? 
  3. Do I have several other almost identical items? 
  4. Does it fit me well? 
  5. Do I feel confident in this? 

These questions should help you distinguish between the clothes you should hold onto and the ones you can part with. 

If you need a little more direction, here is a fun infographic with thought provoking questions to help you make decisions about your clothing. 

Go from this... [photo source:  Hex Jam blog ]

Go from this... [photo source: Hex Jam blog]

to this. [photo source:  College Gloss ]

to this. [photo source: College Gloss]

Then what?

We've come up with a few suggestions for your well loved clothes you are ready to part with: 

  • STATEMINT CONSIGNMENT - Knoxville's first upscale consignment event for adults (next sale: March 30- April 1) . We are excited to consign, shop & help sponsor this community event!
  • bare.thred - Local secondhand shop dedicated to turning people's excess into outlets for creativity and style. We love this mission!
  • Clothing Swap - grab a few of your co-workers, neighbors and friends and host your own little community clothing swap. invite everyone to bring up to 10 items to trade with each other. 
  • Donate - KARM, Ladies of Charity, Goodwill, and so many more. Contact us with questions in regards to where we suggest you donate specific items (caroline@helpyoudwell.com). 

*photo credit for blog image: Statemint Consignment

our february 11 workshop is sold out!
 We are working on another workshop for the spring! 


Capsule Wardrobe: A Help You Dwell Challenge

I'm taking the plunge and I'm inviting you to join me.

If you aren't familiar with the concept of a capsule wardrobe, essentially, it is a simplified wardrobe of versatile pieces that you love wearing. In other words, for each season, you pick a certain number of items and wear only those. For the Summer season, I will be picking 37 items (including tops, bottoms, dresses, outerwear, and shoes) and donating, or packing away the rest.

I have a closet and a dresser full of clothes that don't often get worn. I gravitate towards a handful of clothes that are my favorites. I love clothes but I hate my tendency to try on 85 different outfits only to go back to those favorite pieces that make me feel awesome. In an effort to practice what I preach when it comes to an organized and decluttered life style, I am committing to a capsule wardrobe plan for my summer.

One of my 2 closets currently

One of my 2 closets currently

Why am I doing this?

1. I want to buy less but buy better quality.

2. I want my mornings to be more simplified

3. I'm interested to see whether I get bored wearing the same items in various combinations or whether it's freeing to have less to choose from.

4.My closet space is limited and not designed well. I want to be able to see clearly what I have and currently I have too many clothes for my space.

So, over the course of the next week I"ll be narrowing down my wardrobe and will report back in 2 weeks to let you know what items I chose for my Summer Capsule and how it's all going.

For more information about what a capsule wardrobe is, check out this description. Want to know how to build one? Here is a guide.