Closet Control (no shopping challenge)

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You may remember, a couple of years ago around this time, I vowed to go six months without shopping and without repeating any outfits. The purpose was to cut back after spending way too much during the holidays. I like to think it was a success!

I’m hoping to see success with a new wardrobe mission I’ve tortured challenged myself with: no shopping until I’ve worn everything in my closet at least once!

The reason for this, in a nutshell, is I realized I don’t have enough room for all of my clothes! I know. First world problems, right? Here’s a peek into some of the closet chaos:

stacks upon stacks of sweaters (that I did not even attempt to straighten for this post)

 

skirts, blazers, pants

 

dresses

 

tops

This is the majority of it all, but there are still things strewn around my home that I haven’t been able to squeeze in due to lack of space or lack of hangers! Now, let me be clear, part of the reason for a lack of storage is that I don’t store any of my clothes when seasons change. I like to leave all of my clothes accessible because the weather is so unpredictable in the South!

That being said, I honestly don’t think this is a lot compared to some of my blogging counterparts who have entire rooms converted to closets!

So, how do I plan on going through things accurately? I admit, this is all still a work in progress for me, but I plan to follow these three steps:

  1. Clean out my closet. I bought the book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo. I’ve heard it will transform your mindset about organization as well as change your outlook on life! I’m still reading it, but tips include removing everything from your closet, touching every article of clothing and getting rid of it if it doesn’t bring you joy (if it doesn’t fit, it doesn’t bring you joy; if it’s faded, it doesn’t bring you joy; if it doesn’t match anything, it doesn’t bring you joy). On the bright side, I can consign some of the items I don’t intend to keep and make some extra dinero!
  2. Take stock. While I get rid of things that don’t bring me joy, I’ll also keep a tally of how many tops, skirts, dresses, pants, shorts, sweaters, blazers, etc. I keep. This will remind me of my inventory and help me in strategic outfit planning, i.e. I know I’ll need to wear as many heavy-duty sweaters soon before Spring is officially here!
  3. Shift/Check it. You may have seen tips on Pinterest to turn your hangers in an opposite direction once you’ve worn an item. Hangers facing every which way would drive me CRAZY! So, I just plan on shifting worn articles to another area within that stretch of closet space. As much as I will kind of hate the disorganized flow, at least it will keep my worn/unworn clothing somewhat divided. For items not on hangers, I’ll notate having worn them on my “take stock” tally.

Of course, I’ll continue to document my looks on Facebook and Instagram. So, be sure to follow along to see how I try to keep things fresh! One thing I learned during my previous “no shopping challenge,” was I seem to be more creative when I’m forced to use what I already have. So, I’m hoping this challenge will do the same!

Want to join me?! If you feel like you’ve been in a rut or if you stare at a closet overstuffed with clothes or you just need to save money (hello, that’s me every day!), feel free to take part in the journey as well! I’ll be using the hashtag Closet Control (#closetcontrol) on social media if you’d like to share how you’re keeping your closet in check!

If you don’t want to commit to wearing your entire closet, maybe just commit to wearing all of your tops before buying a new one. Or all of your dresses. You get the picture.

Wish me luck! And as always, thanks for reading!

 

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