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Closet Cleanse: Day 2

May 21, 2015

This closet thing is taking me awhile. I reached a point on Sunday, where I was digging the old stuff out of the discard bags because I didn’t have anything else to wear. On Monday, I decided it was time to shop a bit.

I had scoured the stores over the weekend, scoping out the merchandise choices and deciding which stores were worth a return visit. With the goal of looking polished and relavant, without being overly trendy, I made a mental list of what I was looking for. One thing for sure I knew I wanted to add to my closet was a jumpsuit or two. They are a must-have item this year, and with a depleted closet, they offer a ready-made look in one simple piece. I picked up a full length black one, that could be dressed up or down, and 2 shorter ones; one in a fun print that is more casual,but still pulled together, and another black and white version that is youthful, but sophisticated. ( read: not too short, not too bare and work appropriate.) I also picked up a couple of tops that would work with what I had, and replace a few of the holey ones in purge pile.

Packing up the winter clothes

Packing up the winter clothes

Next, I set out  to tackle the accessories. I weeded out all the broken and truly junkie jewelry that had found its way to me via grandmother’s junk drawers, and goodie bags, and organized the rest so I could find it.I hung the necklaces that tangle easily on a hangar, and put the rest into a bin.  I shelved the bags and hats, and rolled all of my light weight scarves so that they fit into one bin without becoming a wrinkled mess. I packed up the winter footwear, and cleaned the floor and shoe racks before replacing the summer edit. I took a quick trip to the shoe repair to rehab a great pair of shoes and a Hermes belt that I love, but was getting a little shabby.

Much better already!

It’s much improved already!

Now it was time to play dress up. I tried on what was left, and made outfits, including accessories and shoes, to be sure I had everything I needed to make these pieces work. B got a couple more hand-me-downs of things that still looked good; but not on me.  I recommend either taking a selfie, or laying the outfits out on the bed in their entirety, and taking a photo to document every successful look. I opted to do some quick sketches with notes, since I am camera shy.

Quick doodles of outfits I liked

Quick doodles of outfits I liked

This exercise not only ensures that you have things that work together, but also that you have the right accessories, down to the sweater or jacket to toss on when the air conditioning turns a nice place into a meat locker. My try-on session yielded me quite a few looks from a tightly edited amount of items, and helped me identify a need or two. Now when I go into the closet, I can see everything I own clearly, and have a stack of go-to outfits to get me started.

Today’s project: Eliminating the “stuff.” What is the “stuff” you ask? I haven’t a clue, but it is taking up a lot of real estate in there! I’m fully armed with 13 gallon trash bags, and I’m going in!

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Closet Detox, Day 1

May 18, 2015

 

Here we go… I am starting my closet cleanse.

Experts advise that everything must come out of the closet and get sorted into “keep, donate and discard” piles. From prior experience, I find that overwhelming. Once the entire bedroom gets covered in clothing, accessories and “stuff,” then I can no longer see the forest for the trees. I plan to stage it a little, to keep some semblance of organization in the process of reorganization.

Pre-cleanse, I take a trip to the Container Store to get a few plastic bins. In goes the winter clothes, without too much editing. See you in September woolens! Catch ya later cashmere! Bye bye boots! You get the picture.

Next, everything goes on proper hangers. Dry cleaning bags get unpacked and disposed of, the hangers piled up for recycling. (Most dry cleaners are thrilled to get their wire hangers back, so don’t just throw them away.)

Now that everything is hung up properly on matching hangers and organized by category, the fun begins.

The first wave is eliminating the obvious; all those torn tees and greyish dingy underpinings. Anything that I might be embarassed to be wearing if I run into people I haven’t seen in awhile on the street. Those will either get donated, or disposed of, depending on how bad they truly are.
I will keep one or two tops to wear if I need to paint something or clean the oven, but otherwise, out they go!

It is definately getting emptier in here. I am at the stage where getting rid of this stuff is going to leave me in a state of literally having nothing to wear. The goal is to get rid of all the clutter, and hone down to what is really necessary. In the past, I have turned frumpy trousers into shorts, and hemmed things to more flattering lengths. With a keen eye to performing sartorial surgery, its time to evaluate every item in the closet and decide which shall stay and which shall go. Those items that might be ok, but don’t go back to anything; is it worth the investment to find them a friend? Would a great accessory purchase or two take these simple items and turn them into a chic outfit? Would the perfect scarf give me just enough coverage to make that dress seem a little less “boobylicous” for daytime consumption? Its time to find out.

Two minutes in, and B has scored an adorable Miu Miu jacket that never really looked that good on me. It looks great on her. An hour later, half the closet is almost empty and half of the drawers are completely empty.  I am holding on to things I vowed to get rid of, because I fear I won’t have anything at all to wear. I am making progress, but I still have a way to go.

Its time to wrap for the day, and clear off the bed so we can sleep in it~
Tomorrow is another day…Stay tuned!

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