I’ve been a bad pf blogger lately.
Not only did I go Black Friday (okay, Thursday) shopping, I did so mostly on credit (okay, all on credit).
I know. I want to smack myself in the face sometimes.
I’ll write about my mistakes some other time. Seriously, my guilt and shame can take up more than a post or two. But alas, the damage is done and I have a ton of pretty clothes that are ready to be incorporated into my wardrobe.
But remember when I confessed that my family is a bunch of mini-hoarders? I left off that post mentioning that I had an idea to take control of my own obsession with stuff and now is the time to implement it.
Yes, I bought a lot of new clothes this past week. But my closet is already jam-packed with items that I just don’t wear anymore. As much as I would like to set aside one whole day to clean out my closet, I just don’t have the time for that. So instead of tackling it all at one go, I’ve decided to implement one rule when it comes to clothes shopping.
The “One In, Two Out” Rule
You may have heard about this rule. It sounds just like what it is – whenever you purchase something new, a new shirt for example, you have to get rid of two shirts that are already in your wardrobe. You can donate the outgoing items or sell them, or even gift them, it doesn’t matter – as long as it leaves your closet.
Personally, I like the idea of sticking to the same categories. One shirt in, two shirts out. One dress in, two dresses out. Obviously, you don’t necessarily have to do it this way. If you buy a new shirt, you don’t have to get rid of two shirts, you can get rid of one shirt and one pair of pants, or two pairs of shoes, whatever. It’s really up to you how you want to implement this rule into your own clothes shopping routine.
Implementing the “One In, Two Out” Rule
Take Count of the “Ins”
On Black Friday, Target had a 40% off sale on all their clothing (minus Toms for Target, outerwear, and other special categories). So, I stocked up on a lot of clothing that I knew I needed – sweaters, pants that actually fit, boots, etc.
Shortly after my terrible shopping binge, I took count of all that I brought home:
2 pairs of shoes
1 pair of pants
What a haul. I stocked up on camis because I always need them when layering, especially since it’s getting colder here in the Bay Area. Plus, a lot of my camis I already own are too short and too small. Everything else are items that I’ve been meaning to buy, either to refresh my current wardrobe or replace some old items.
Figure Out What Needs To Go
Remember, the one in, two out rule means for every item you bring into your closet, you have to get rid of two items. Let’s look at my haul again and see what that means in terms of items I need to get rid of.
4 camisoles in => 8 camisoles out
4 sweaters in => 8 sweaters out
3 tops in => 6 tops out
2 dresses in => 4 dresses out
2 pairs of shoes in => 4 pairs of shoes out
1 pair of pants in => 2 pairs of pants out
All in all, I’m getting rid of 32 pieces of clothing!
How the One In, Two Out Rule Can Help You Tame Your Closet
The One In, Two Out Rule Forces You to Re-evaluate Your Purchases
When you implement the one in, two out rule, you start to think of your clothing purchases differently. When you know that every new item means you’ll be getting rid of two, you may think twice about those tribal print leggings.
Knowing that each new clothing piece will replace not only one, but two pieces in your wardrobe, you’ll be forced to rethink that impulse buy.
The One In, Two Out Rule Helps You Gradually Maintain Your Closet Throughout theYear
Let’s face it – you’re a busy person. I sure as hell can’t find the time to go through my closet and get rid of everything that needs to go all in one day, and I’m sure you’re the same way. The one in, two out rule can help you get rid of things in your closet without taking up too much of your time.
You know the items that need to go – that pair of jeans that just doesn’t button anymore, or that shirt that has one too many holes in it. Take the opportunity to get rid of the clothes you know don’t belong in your closet anymore.
Will you be implementing the one in, two out rule to your clothing routine?