Many people – myself included – do quarterly closet evaluations and purges. And because changing weather prompts us to reconsider our wardrobes, these activities typically take place as the seasons are beginning to change. Which is fine. Looking at your winter or spring items with fresh eyes after a year of not-wearing them can give you great perspective, and you can often tell at a glance if you’ve outgrown or out-evolved certain pieces.
But there is also a lot to be said for doing your purges mid-season. Including:
You can evaluate in real-time
Some folks can look at a cardigan that’s gone unworn since last season and tell IMMEDIATELY if it’s going to get worn again. But some folks need to experiment for a while and then make a decision. Doing a mid-season purge is helpful because you’ve been living in the season for a while and know what’s getting worn and what’s getting passed-over. If you’re passing over an item that got passed over an awful lot last season, too, that’s a good indicator that it’s time to move on.
You can tease out explanations
Purging at the beginning of the season forces you to make some educated guesses and trust your gut. Sometimes you can look at a pair of pants or a dress and hear this extremely decisive voice in your head saying, “No WAY.” And you listen and you donate and you move on. Without pausing to sit down with that extremely decisive voice and say, “Well, yeah, but why?”
When you purge in the middle of a season instead, those explanations become self-evident. You’re not wearing that pair of pants because they’re too short for heels and too long for flats. You’re not wearing that dress because you have absolutely nothing that works as an outer layer. You know these things because you’ve been dressing within the confines of the season for some time now and have fresh memories. Helpful, no?
You can be ruthless
The beginning of each season holds a little bit of romance. You’re excited for new weather, new clothes to wear, a new you! And this sometimes translates into wardrobe romance and going soft on items that should be ejected without mercy. Mid-season? The romance is gone and replaced by a desire to wear clothes that fit, work, and feel great. Purging now means cutting more chaff.
Whadoyathink? Would you consider shifting to a mid-season purge? What about sticking to the seasonal cycle and adding an evaluative pass once you’re in the thick of it? Could this work for you?
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