The other day when I visited Janna Beatty’s studio I complimented my co-author on the necklace she had on. Janna’s reply: “Well, take a good look, because it’s the last time I’m wearing it!” I was shocked. What did she mean the last time?
She informed me that the necklace was on her clothing HIT LIST. Whaaat? I’ve spent the last 6 years writing and promoting a book with this woman, and this is the first time I ever heard of a Clothing Hit List.
Janna explained that, for her, weeding out clothing and accessories was not a seasonal or a yearly event, it was an ongoing process. Here’s how it works:
- Choose several garments/accessories you haven’t worn in a while and hang them in a prominent place in or near your closet. (We’ll call them the ‘questionables.’)
- During the next week, test drive the questionables by wearing them to an event (like church, lunch with friends, shopping, work, etc.).
- After you’ve worn the ‘questionable garment,’ ask yourself:
- Is it a great color/style for me?
- Is the fit impeccable?
- Do I feel comfortable in it?
- Is it in good condition?
- Does it still go with other things I have in my closet?
- Do I have a duplicate garment that is BETTER than this one?
- Does it serve the lifestyle I’m living TODAY?
It’s the moment of truth for these clothes. The Last Call.
If you don’t look and feel great in it…KISS IT GOODBYE!
Even if you don’t know why it doesn’t work, this final-wearing frees you up to GET RID OF IT.
Janna says this ongoing examination allows us to give up items without angst or regret. We can stop wasting energy (and space) on those questionable clothes. And wear only our A+ outfits. WOW… what an empowering thought.
But where do items go after they’ve been axed? Janna has a hamper in the deep recesses of her closet. (The hamper actually resembles a ladybug.) She says she “feeds the bug,” with her discards. After she’s thrown them in, she never revisits those items again. She frequently takes whatever is in the hamper and donates all its contents.
Apparently Janna’s necklace didn’t make the cut, but it might just become a favorite for some other lucky lady!
What a great concept–Weed as you Wear. Honestly, Janna, you should write a book. Oh yeah, we already did that.
Do you ‘weed as you wear’? OR clear out your closet seasonally? OR wait until your closet is jammed-packed before you make a move to clean it out? Please comment below. We LOVE your comments!