Trash to Treasure

Trash to Treasure

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Do you ever look inside your closet and just feel … blah. Like, you're just really unexcited about the whole situation. As women we can get bored of our look and it’s almost like we want to reinvent ourselves – but really it’s just our closet that needs a little revamp.
 
Now, I don’t know about you, but I certainly don’t have the cash to throw around on a new wardrobe every time I feel like this. And I feel like this pretty often … but we have a solution. What is one gals trash is another gals treasure.
 
Why not do hold a swap party with your besties and trade something old for something new – well new to you anyway. Have your girlfriends go through their closets and clean out what they are bored with or what they no longer want. Then get together for a girls night in, yummy food, vino, music and a fashion show!
 
You can try on clothes and turn one another’s trash into treasure. It’s a great way to recycle your clothing and it’s way healthier on the pocket.
 
Now some of you might say – I don’t wear it but what if I need it? Or it’s a really expensive handbag but I never use it. And the answer is … you and I are no longer friends. Just kidding. I have no problem with purging and throwing things away. In fact, I have a clean out of my closet every three months. But I know a lot of my friends struggle with letting go. Things carry sentimental value or you may have paid a lot for an item. I get it. So, I have come up with a formula to help you sort through your closet and thin it out with ease. This has really helped Paige so maybe it will help you to!
 
 
Sort through your closet and create FOUR separate sections or piles. You will need a pile for:
  • Keep
  • Maybe
  • Donate
  • Trash
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    KEEP, this one is pretty self-explanatory. It’s everything you DEFINITELY want to keep.
     
    MAYBE is a little trickier. Maybe is for the things that you are really unsure about. Think the sweater your Aunt Betty gave you that’s not really you, you’ve never worn in and it’s collecting dust. Or perhaps there are some super cute jeans you own but you don’t fit into them anymore so your holding on to them “just in case”. Anything that you ummm and ahhh about will go in this pile. For now. We are going to come back to the MAYBE pile later.
     
    DONATIONS is anything that is of good quality you just have no use for. Perhaps it’s out of style, maybe it didn’t really fit quite right or perhaps you’ve outgrown your punk rock phase. Maybe you purchased something and just never wore it and decided it wasn’t for you. Whatever it is these are the TREASURES you are going to swap with your friends. If you have anything left over after the treasure hunt they can be DONATED to any clothing charity and I guarantee you these items will be LOVED.
     
    TRASH is anything that you won’t repair or can’t be repaired and no one is going to be able to use it. Think, pants that lost their elasticity in the waist band, handbags with holes in them, shoes that are falling apart. Anything that can’t be salvaged.
     
    Once you have thinned out your closet it’s time to organizing! But that’s for a whole other blog … pack up your donations and set aside for your girls night. And throw away your trash.
     
     
    Maybe baby … sigh. Okay – I can’t tell you what you should and should not part with. For someone who loves as hard as I do and has so many nostalgic moments I am NOT one for holding onto trinkets and items for sentimental reasons. Unless you use them of course! They exist in my mind and I’m okay to let go of the materials that go with them.
     
    In saying that, I do understand the difficulty that people have letting go of these items. My suggestion is that you ask yourself about the memory of why you’re holding on to the item. If it’s simply because you feel bad throwing it away … I’m sorry but that’s not a good enough reason for it to inhabit space in your closet. Someone else could use it, wear it, LOVE it. Allow someone else to experience joy from something that no longer serves you. It’s okay to let go.
     
    If it’s something you don’t fit into anymore and you would like to – here is my tip. Keep it. Set aside in “Maybe Box” in your closet. Then set yourself a realistic goal date to fit back into those bad boys and write it on the box. If you haven’t reached that goal by the date – it’s time to get rid of them. If you’ve set a goal and haven’t put in the effort to achieve it, you’re probably not going to. I don’t mean to say that to make you feel bad, but be realistic. If the motivation wasn’t there when you set the goal to keep them and put them on in 6 months then you don’t want to keep them bad enough. So, when that date rolls around and those threads aren’t on your bod they are going to the donations pile for your next treasure hunt.
     
    Now I know 90s fashion is in right now but this goes for all eras and items that you’re holding on to for the trend to roll around again. It will. But you will want the new version. You may have outgrown some of the styles and cuts and they may have updated a little since their last fashion cycle. My rule of thumb with TRENDS is to hang on to the staple items. That is DENIM, LEATHER, SHOES, BELTS, HATS. The rest are all replaceable trends. The floral prints will vary and update and while vintage is cute you don’t know how long that daisy print dress is going to be hanging in your closet for. So unless you have some serious storage space – and if you do congratulations. Just let it go. Hang on to the staple items and let the other stuff go. You might be 60 by the time 90s fashion rolls around again and that crop top probably ain’t gonna look as cute.
     
    Add the items you’re willing to part with to your donations pile and put the rest back in your closet for the next round.
     
    I know once you have cleansed your closet you are going to feel amazing. And once you see your bestie rocking that denim jacket you no longer wear you’re going to feel more amazing because it’s being loved again, by someone you love.
     
    Spring is almost here so it’s the perfect time to cleanse your closet and get together with your girlfriends for a Treasure Hunt and just some quality girl time. What are you waiting for?
     
    Tell us how you feel about the closet cleanse or the treasure hunt. We want to see you and your besties wearing each others treasures on Instagram so @thesoulsistersus #soulsisters