I just wanted to share some of the major wardrobe changes I've made recently. Staying organized has always been challenging for me. I've always lived in a cluttered space and have been comfortable with my messiness - until it starts to get in the way. I call my tendency "clutter blindness." I'm very good at ignoring a mess until it's out of control! Now that I am a grown-up (lolz), I feel that a more organized living space will help me be more productive.
I've been reading a number of minimalist blogs and watching videos about capsule wardrobes. While I'm not becoming a minimalist or calling my wardrobe a capsule, I have gotten loads of inspiration and tips for scaling back, and it's helped me get rid of a lot of my wardrobe. I've been focusing on eliminating things that just aren't useful in my present life. This has also encouraged me to quite shopping as much, which means putting thrifting on hiatus.
While my wardrobe has been the starting point of my big scale-back, the rest of my living space is getting the same treatment. I've been bad about keeping more books than I need, so I've gone through and removed most books I can easily check out from the library or read online. (Side note: I just gave away TWO hardback copies of Gilbert and Sullivan librettos. Why did I even have those? I love watching and listening to Gilbert and Sullivan, not reading them. These books have been with me for years and I never even cracked them open!A friend who took one book was so excited about it. It was clear he couldn't wait to read the librettos. It was very gratifying to pass something on to someone who really wanted it).
After just one morning of scaling back, I wound up with three stacks of books on the floor and some much-needed shelf space. My messy makeup area just got a similar treatment. But back to my wardrobe...
It's always been - unwieldy - especially with my love of thrifting. If you've read this blog, you know I have a deep, deep love of clothes and fashion. I wanted to scale back because of this love - so I can enjoy my clothes more, have an easier time getting dressed for the day, and refine my signature look.
I have paired down my closet to 52-58 items on hangers. This may seem like a big number, but it includes a jacket and winter coats, which were previously stored in a bin but now fit comfortably in the back of my closet. Many people do a seasonal capsule wardrobe - with a different capsule for spring, summer, fall, and winter. Again, I don't consider my wardrobe a capsule, but I want to try a six month rotation - storing some items during spring and summer and others during fall and winter. My goal is to only use one bin for storing, and after getting rid of so much, I've been able to do that with room to spare. I wish I could tell you how much was in my wardrobe before, but I honestly don't know and I've donated or sold much of it on Ebay already. What I do know that my closet has much more space and I know off the top of my head what's in it.
One organization technique that has helped immensely has been separating my outdoor wear from my closet, which contains my day-to-day wardrobe. I don't wear my 2 flannel shirts, 1 chambray romper, or hoodie on a daily basis, but I often wear them for hiking or other outdoor activities. They just added confusion to my daily wears so I decided to take them out of my closet and keep them with my workout clothes and jeans in the bureau I share with Steven. Everything fits into one drawer. So far them system is working well.
Anyway, the point of the rambly post is that scaling-back can be remarkably gratifying. There are many different methods, projects, and workbooks out there, but you can also take what you want from these and create your own system. So far I'm much happier with my leaner wardrobe. I have an inclination to snatch up any interesting vintage find, so I'm going to avoid thrifting or any shopping for awhile, enjoy the clothes I have, and see how it goes for a few months. This project has made me more excited about sharing my style, and I hope to start posting more frequently soon.
I'd really love to hear your thoughts about wardrobe management - please share your ideas in the comments, if you'd like.