Getting Rid of Clothes

Remember my post about wanting to get on board the Capsule Wardrobe ship? Well, the hardest part, for me, is saying goodbye. I thought it would be easy, because I’m not sentimental. It’s always been out with the old, in with the new. Out of sight, out of mind. Well, in most cases. I’ve never had a problem donating clothes (still in mint condition) I don’t wear anymore so hey, what’s so difficult in getting rid of more clothes?



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Well, my problem is, MOST of my clothes are office wear. I gave quite a few suits to my sister in law, but I don’t know if I should get rid of all of them. I’m not working now, but who’s to say I’ll be staying at home forever? What if I decided to get into the work force when Ashton is, say, 3 years old? He just turned 1 yesterday by the way, and time flies! Do I get rid of all of them, THEN purchase new ones when I decide to go back to work? Wouldn’t that be wasting good clothes? These suits are timeless anyway, and they don’t really go out of style, unless shoulder pads make a huge comeback (please God no!). Shall I save some favourites in vacuum storage bags for future use? HUGE question mark here. Thoughts?

Then, the next thing is, my warmer outerwear and boots. Man, it’s hard to say goodbye even though I know I won’t be wearing them. I might travel to a colder country one day, but I don’t see that happening any time soon. So, I should keep a good pair of leather boots and a good warm coat and sell the rest? Oh, my heart. Ouch!

And of course, the old clothes that don’t quite fit yet. Most of you know I’m on a journey to a better self. It’s not a hurried or rushed journey where I want to lose 2 dress sizes in a few months. I’m just trying to eat healthier, working out more regularly, and you know, there’s no end to this. It’s a change of lifestyle. Shall I store these clothes away until I can fit into them one day, or shall I just get rid of them mercilessly, and then buy new ones when the time comes? I know I’ll be delighted to buy new clothes (who isn’t?) but you know, waste not, want not. Trying to be thrift and all that jazz. Darn it!

So help me! What do you think? What would you do? Are these just excuses for myself? I’ve been going back and forth with this for a while now, so I need your advice!



xoxo Lily



  • I think a good pair of leather boots and outerwear don’t go out of style, and they can be pretty expensive, so if you have the storage space, it might be worth keeping a pair of boots and a coat. I would say everything else can go. If the suits are tailored, then yeah, maybe keep 1-2 in case, but otherwise I think when you get to where you want to be, you’ll want to buy a lot of new things, anyway! Maybe just keep the versatile stuff (tees, jeans , etc) and then clear most of it out. I’m ruthless when it comes to clothing!

    • Agree with Larie! You’ll want to celebrate the new you and the best way is to buy some new things!

      • Lily

        Yes, you guys make total sense!

    • Lily

      I’m definitely keeping my casual wear, and I don’t have many of those. I have quite a few tailored suits, because I lived in them, but I’m just not sure now. I don’t think I’ll be going back to corporate life, but you know, WHAT IF? But I guess you guys are right. IF the time comes, I can just buy new ones right?

  • Liz

    I’m with Larie too, except I don’t now how many suits you have – keep enough for a week or two’s worth of rotation in case you do start somewhere eventually and you don’t have time to go shopping ASAP for all the things at once. And if you decide down the road that you’ll never wear suits again, they can all go! I guess this also depends on how much space you want to create.

    I’ve gotten rid of quite a bit in the past two years but outerwear alone takes up an entire small closet (yay Canadian winter). I think a lot of our choices has to do with coming to terms with what’s needed and real in the present. I ended up giving away all the stuff that were too tight and small (luckily my sisters are smaller than I am) and decided I didn’t want to bother trying to fit into old stuff and be my old self. A lot of my high heels are now gone. And what’s left is still more than enough!

    • Lily

      Yes, that makes sense. For me, storage isn’t too much of a problem, but because the weather here is very humid, I have to make sure I keep them in vacuum bags, and I don’t want to keep things unnecessarily. I’m going through my clothes again this weekend and hope to do more decluttering 🙂

  • Once in a blue moon, there will be a few items you’d wish you hadn’t thrown away. Still, getting rid of the ones you haven’t touched in a while is the way to go, I think. I live in a small apartment and I keep buying stuff, so letting go is quite important in organizing stuff. 🙂

    • Lily

      Hey Lena, you guys are right. Definitely getting rid of clothes I haven’t worn in years! It’s pointless keeping them, I guess. I’ll most probably buying new ones 🙂

  • Jaa

    I gave away probably 98% of my clothes when I moved back to Thailand. Half of them were new with tags or worn a few times. I was sad to let go of them but I had to! It’s a choice between hauling my makeup collection back or the clothes so of course I had to go with the makeup! LOL

    That being said, I brought a few thick sweaters back with me and a pair of my favorite boots. I don’t think I’ll ever get to wear them again but it’s impossible to let go. ^_^

    If I were you, I’d probably give them away and start fresh when you get a new job! It’s more fun picking out new clothes. That’s just me, though. And I live in a very small condo so space is super limited!

    • Lily

      LOL Jaa. Makeup > clothes. HAHAHA! Yeah, there are a few pairs of boots I’m going to let go but there are a few other pairs I’m attached to. But there’s no way I’m gonna wear that in this scorching heat!! Perhaps I have to learn to let it go recklessly. HAHAHA!

  • Before anything, don’t get rid of the winter clothes in case you come to visit me one day in winter, you never know!!! Ok, or in case you go to anywhere in winter :)… With regards to your suits, hhhmmm thats up to you. I used to work in a more rigid office environment where things like suits were what I should wear. Now I work a lot from home and have a way more senior position, so I’ve thrown away loads of my suits because 1) I’ve not turned into a slob in dressing but I can dress up my jeans in a more creative way 2) I think that now that I’m “older” and in a more senior position I am allowed to sort of wear whatever I want, throw out my suits and dress more creatively in dresses while being neat at the same time (like when I need to go to meetings or whatnot). I hate wearing suits so I enjoy neat dresses for work more 🙂
    I also often get rid of clothes I havent worn in a while, it feels sort of liberating and I hope someone else is enjoying them!

    • Lily

      You’re right, Sofia. It is liberating letting go of perfectly good clothes, and knowing that they are going to people who will enjoy them more! Or even to those who will NEED them more. I have a few bags to donate. I think it’ll be good 🙂

  • Uhm, yeah, the questions you’re asking here are something I struggle with too. But I did read quite a few times that keeping things just in case is a burden that takes up space which could be freed for something else. I guess my point of view is that I’m actually not sure how much I would like to wear those old clothes even if they do turn out to be useful in a couple years time. I still have a lot of clothing items I’m keeping for very specific purposes, but I realize more and more that it’s not the best idea to hold on to so many. So I’d say, declutter the most of those items and maybe just keep a few of your favorites. You can always reevaluate again in a couple months.

    • Lily

      Hey Monika, I’m kinda glad I’m not the only one. I’m getting more ruthless now because I really don’t foresee myself going back to work in the next 2 years. And even if I did, I’m not sure I’d want to go back to corporate life. I agree that I need to just keep a few of my favorites and donate the rest away. Never realized it would be so difficult though!