If you’ve considered all of the points from the previous page and love the item, put it in the ‘keep’ pile.
This is why working methodically one section at a time is helpful, that way you won’t find yourself sitting amongst multiple piles that you can’t differentiate… talking from experience here.
To the repurpose pile, add any pieces that you no longer love or are beyond repair.
You might also want to put items that you’re keeping but need to be repaired or tailored, in a separate pile to ensure that only items that are ready to wear go back in your closet.
Repeat this process for all the sections.
Throughout this process you may encounter one (or a few) items that hold sentimental value.
While your first reaction might be to put it in the keep pile, think about how often you wear the item realistically.
If you’re holding onto a dress in the hopes that one day you’ll be able to fit into it again, it might be time to consider donating it or repurposing it.
If that thought is too overwhelming, put it in the keep pile for now, and observe how many times you reach for it during the 30 Day Shop Your Closet Challenge and then re-evaluate once the challenge is over.
At this point, all items should be divided into a ‘keep’ or ‘repurpose’ pile as well as a ‘repair’ pile, if you so choose.
In the next section we’ll talk about what to do with the ‘keep’ pile, but for now I’d like to address the illusive ‘repurpose’ and ‘repair’ piles.
If you have any items that have stains, rips or holes in the repair pile, check out the tutorials at the bottom of this page for fixing those issues.
Don’t forget to tailor the pieces that need to be, before you put them back in your closet.
Now onto the repurpose pile.
If you’re up to it, a lot of classic wardrobe items past their wear can be repurposed into a multitude of items.
For example, pullover sweaters can be turned into cardigans, old t-shirts can be made into reusable totes or grocery shopping bags.
I’ll link some resources down at the bottom of the page for clothing repurposing inspiration.
If you’re not feeling crafty, consider donating your previously loved clothing to a second-hand or consignment store.
Some retail stores, such as H&M offer a credit when you donate textiles to them.
TIP: Check the label on your clothes to see the fabric it’s made from. Organic fabrics such as 100% cotton, silk, wool, and cashmere, to name a few, can be composted.
Check out these tutorials and posts below for repurposing inspiration, repairing item how-tos and clothing composting tips.