I love the idea of “shopping your closet” for outfits you may not already know you own. My approach to shopping your closet, however, is a little different than what you may normally consider best practice, but I’m going to tell you any way. Here is how I shop my closet:
I have two “seasons” of outfits since I live in the South. I have a Spring/Summer wardrobe and a Fall/Winter one. At the end of every season I ceremoniously pack away my out-of-season clothes. I put them in boxes and stash them out of sight in my closet, or in another part of the house entirely. I do it this way for three big reasons:
a) It cuts down on the clutter in my closet, so I can actually see and make use of my outfits.
b) It gives my clothes an even wear.
c) Everything feels new again because I haven’t seen it or worn it in six months.
And I’m not talking about clothes I never wear. I put my favorites and new to the season items away, so I have a few nice, fun surprises when unpacking the clothes at the start of each new season.
A few tips:
I tag a few “borderline” items that I knew I didn’t get much wear out of to see if I wear them again the next season. If something that I’ve tagged from last winter doesn’t get worn again the following one, I donate it instead of packing it away.
There are a few items that I pack away because I love them and when I take them out again I realize they have stains or rips/tears. Packing and unpacking for each season allows me to inspect my clothes more carefully than I would if I just left them in the closet all year long.
I rarely buy things off season. I know I should, because the savings can be huge, but it just isn’t as fun for me, and I go shopping so rarely nowadays. To keep the extra “thrill” alive I pack away new items in tissue paper in a separate box.