cleaning out my closet

i had some extra time last week and decided to tackle our closet.

doing the 11 for 30 made me realize that i need to focus on pieces that fit well and make me feel great.

as i went, i sorted things into piles.

  1. keep
  2. fix/alter
  3. give away

for keeps:

  • classic pieces, like my wool trousers, button ups, and pencil skirts.
  • items that are flattering,  fit well, and in good shape.
  • uniquely shaped pieces, like a sweater with ruched shoulders.
  • items that could be great pregnancy clothing- like a target dress with an elastic waist that shrunk to the perfect tunic length. (and before any rumors start, no, i’m not pregnant. :))


  • 3 pairs of shoes are headed to the cobbler.
  • 2 skirts and 2 pairs of pants destined for the tailor.
  • a few dye jobs.
  • trying this trick.

swap or donate:

  • anything i know i’ll never wear again.
  • pieces that have worn funny- shrunken, oddly stretched, twisted seams, etc.

ahh…there’s something so rejuvenating about a freshly culled closet! before this year, i would have simply sorted things into ‘keep’ and ‘get rid of’ piles. thinking outside the box and refashioning things already in my closet rather than running out to buy what i “need” is a new way of thinking for me.

what about you? do you have a closet recycling/refashioning trick? please share it!

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  • Selah July 9, 2012 at 6:36 AM

    I’ve only refashioned a few pieces of my own – mainly by cutting of the sleeves of old tees to make layering tanks. Once or twice I’ve taken something to a tailor to be hemmed.
    I do lots of refashions on my kids clothes though! They outgrow stuff long before they wear it out so – too short jeans become shorts, long sleeve shirts become tees, dresses become tunics (no refashioning necessary, just add leggings), etc. I don’t even hem stuff, I just cut pants legs and sleeves a bit long, roll them up a bit, and tack them in place with a few stitches – works great! This method could certainly be done with my clothes, if I wanted.
    I will definetly try out that trick you linked! I’ve lost several beloved shirts to deodorant stains :(

    • Caitlin July 10, 2012 at 7:56 PM

      I plan to show this in an upcoming post, but the trick absolutely works!!! It’s amazing. What did I do before Pinterest?!

  • Selah July 9, 2012 at 6:46 AM

    Oh, and regarding maternity fashion (for whenever that time comes) any top or dress that is empire waist, loose, or long & stretchy will work during pregnancy (shrugs & cropped cardigans are great too). I spent my maternity clothing money on bottoms (a good pair of maternity jeans is a must, your regular jeans are the very first thing you will outgrow) and just wore regular tops. Just FYI for the future :)

    • Caitlin July 10, 2012 at 7:57 PM

      Thanks for the great tips! I’ll definitely be bookmarking them for the future :)

  • Marcelle johnson July 9, 2012 at 8:15 AM

    Have lots of leftover buttons? Don’t throw them out! They can b used to decorate a jacket, belt or many craft items. For example, make a frame put of Popsicle sticks & decorate w buttons!

    • Caitlin July 10, 2012 at 7:57 PM

      What great ideas, Marcelle! Thanks :)

  • Audrey @ Putting Me Together July 10, 2012 at 8:30 AM

    I’ve been planning on adding buttons to a skirt for EVER, but the reality is that I’m not good at getting refashions done. haha

    • Caitlin July 10, 2012 at 7:59 PM

      Lol. I finally sewed a button onto my teal skirt this weekend. I’ve had it for almost a year and it’s never had one. I just tucked the little flap behind the waistband. Now I’ll actually look put together!

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