Lately it seems like an awful lot of my time is dedicated to clothes. Washing clothes, drying clothes, folding clothes (although my kids help a lot with that), putting clothes away, sorting clothes, storing clothes and buying clothes.
6 OUTFITS! I have 6 pairs of jeans, 6 summer skirts, 6 summer dresses, 6 winter skirts, 6 pairs of shorts……and the list goes on and on.
To get down to 6 outfits might be a bit too extreme for me, however I don’t need 6 of everything either so in 2013 I want to reduce my wardrobe to just what I wear on a regular basis.
I tried this type of project before using the famous “turn your hangers around ” trick and at the end of the year give away all items on hangers facing the wrong way. Problem was I could see those turned around hangers all year and did my best to save every outfit, sometimes wearing 2 outfits a day just to save a precious top or skirt.
I have however, succeeded at the box it up and store it and if you don’t need items in the box for 6 months donate it. I have never seen someone applying this principle to their wardrobe but I am going to try it.
I have all my wardrobe in boxes on tables in our basement. By placing the clothes in another room I am practicing the “out of site out of mind” principle. I am going to do my best to not grab items from the boxes unless an event or weather calls for the outfit or I am facing a going to be naked if I don’t situation. Each month I plan to write an update on what I rescued. December 31st 2013 I plan to box up the remaining clothes and have my husband drop them up at the thrift store. I am having my hubby do it so that I don’t weaken and grab out clothes on the way to the thrift store or go on a shopping spree when I get there.
f I feel really strong and confident in my new sparse wardrobe, I will place price tags on the remaining items and sell them at a local ladies consignment sale.
I went up to my room yesterday to get my clothes ready to put into boxes when I realized if I could just be 100% honest with myself I could throw away all the clothes I don’t wear right then and there and save myself a lot of work.
I then started boxing up clothes to give away at an alarming rate. Clothes that are really not my color. Shirts that bunch up. Sweaters that are too hot. Trendy clothes I just don’t wear. Worn out clothes. Too small clothes. Old clothes.
In the end I can now fit my hanging clothes on one rod instead of two. I freed up a shelf in the closet and I can fit everything in my dresser in an average size suit case with ease.
Lesson learned: Sometimes we make elaborate projects out of simple tasks.
May my almost “mountain of a project” inspire you to keep yours a “mole hill”.