Are you a hoarder? Do you hold onto every little item that’s ever been given to you or item you purchased? When you are spring cleaning, do you catch yourself saying, “what if I need it later?” Or, “my great, great aunt gave this to me!”
I understand it can be difficult to let go of certain pieces; there are things that have sentimental value & should be keepsakes forever.
But, I’m the polar opposite to the hoarder.
I can’t stand junk or clutter around me. I like to be able to see everything I have at a glance. If my closet or shelves feel like they are starting to implode, then I purge. If I haven’t touched it in 6 months, HECK 3 months, it gets donated. Here’s my mindset: If I haven’t used it in 3 months, am I really going to use it 3 months from now? Or, if I didn’t wear it this winter, am I really going to wear it next winter?
Again, don’t get me wrong, I can totally appreciate holding on to items with sentimental value. I will never let go of a pair of slippers that my dad wore until the day he passed along with a t-shirt & bible of his. I had also been waiting like 30 years to get this gorgeous peach-colored, pleated midi skirt from my mom…… shhhhh, she still has no idea I have it. I wear it all the time & have even showcased it in 2 previous blog posts, so you know this skirt will stay with me forever.
When it comes to your wardrobe, what is your thought process or method? Do you hang on to every piece “just in case”? Are there items you just can let go? I have certainly found it can be wise to hold on to a few key pieces as we have seen that fashion repeats itself. Have you SEEN the surge of style trends from the 70s, 80s & 90s??!?
This leopard print top has been living in my closet for years; I’m talking like 10, seriously! I’m not even sure why I purchased it in the first place… it must have been on sale at Macy’s. Even though it’s beautifully made, it just seems a little too fancy & posh for myself. I do love the huge bow tie that can be worn as a knot, bow, loose or tight around the neck, so it’s versatile. But, I never wore it. It’s not like it was buried in the back of my closet & I forgot about it. It was in plain sight everyday. The timing just never seemed appropriate to pair this top with an outfit. But, every time I went through my closet to gather items for donation, this top never made it in the bag. There was something about this top that I couldn’t let go. This was that one item that I kept saying; “this might work for something in the future.”
Thank goodness I held onto to this!!! I would have been so bummed if I gave this one away & had to re-purchase a top just like it. That would have been mission impossible. Getting inspiration from all the styling ideas in magazines & on Instagram, this top finally enjoys full rotation in my wardrobe. What was I thinking?!?! How come I just couldn’t readily see the endless options with this top?
Well, now that a light has switched on, I truly appreciate the special details in this top that I highly doubt I would have found again if I had to hunt for a similar option. I’ve discovered at least 10 ways to incorporate this top into my looks & still stay true to my style aesthetic. Yesssss!
Every piece in this look is quite old & they been keeping my leopard print top company in my closet for quite some time.
What is that one item in a your closet that you have no regrets holding onto for years? How are you re-working it into your outfits today?
Love to hear what that one item is! Thanks for stopping by, means so much!