Friday, September 23, 2016
Thursday, September 22, 2016
Monday, September 19, 2016
I wanted to share with you what I’ve been doing with my closet lately. I was previously using those cheap white plastic hangers that are bulky, things slide off of, and to boot I have broken at least a dozen+ in the last year or so. I needed to start replacing them since I was running out, so instead I bought 50 new slim velvet hangers for myself to switch over to. I’ve been wanting these hangers for years but finally was able to justify purchasing them.
Now, I usually hang most of my wardrobe, so I had many more than just 50 hangers. I figured I’d buy another set of 20 and go from there at first, but then I was inspired by a video done by Jennifer Scott (from The DailyConnoisseur) of her closet, and the previous video of her choosing her 10-item wardrobe for the upcoming cool-weather ‘season’. She keeps all ‘out-of-season’ items in a bin in her closet (excepting formal wear and items that cannot be folded). I never used to rotate my wardrobe under the (mistaken) idea that I’d use more of my items if I had a wider selection. While it is true that many of my blouses are good for all-year round thanks to layering, it is also true that I have some items that really are only suited for a given season (cool weather or warm weather). These items hang there (or sit in a drawer) all year long but are only used for the few months of warm or cool weather. For example, things like my sandals, lightweight cropped trousers, shorts, tanks and tops that are not ideal of layering, and my lightweight eyelet jacket won't be used in the upcoming 6 months. I’ll see these items every day I open my closet, but they won’t get any wear and I’ll have to paw through them to find something I can wear.
So, after some thought, I’ve made the choice to ‘pack away’ all my items that are not going to work for the upcoming season rather than buy more hangers. They’re all very reachable, since I just decided to store them in a carry-on suitcase I store in my closet anyway. We’re still having unseasonable warm weather so I’m not against pulling out anything in the suitcase I want to use, and I’ve left out some items currently that will be packed away within another month. While I was doing this, I was re-hanging my clothing and throwing items I no longer want into another pile. I discarded a surprising amount for my small wardrobe, which I already purge a few times a year. I found that I had enough hangers to hang tops I didn’t previously hang, such as my sweaters and wrap tops (cardigans and tanks are still folded). That drawer was over-full and now I am happy to see it in a much reduced state, and I can see ALL my options for tops in one spot. The drawer was often neglected and some tops in there were rarely worn because I forgot them.
My closet feels fresh and neat and clean, my drawers are not crammed any more, and I can easily see everything. I hope to get pictures soon and give you all a closet tour. I’m sure when I go to unpack my warm weather clothing again, I’ll be excited about them again rather than just staring at them all winter then feeling bored by them in the spring. Jennifer mentions that she feels this way when she goes to review her next season’s clothing for her ‘capsule’, and that it’s almost like having all new clothes. I hope I’ll have an update in the spring when I switch over, and I’m hoping it curbs that early spring shopping fever that hits me every year!
Do you rotate items in your closet? How often?
Posted by Meli at 11:15 AM
Friday, September 16, 2016
So, any of you that already know me (or my blog at least) know that I never (or extremely rarely) thrift shop. I think I last thrifted 4+ years ago. It just so happens that this past Saturday, while visiting a music & food truck fest, a friend and I walked past the cutest little boutique and popped in to check it out. Would you believe, it was a Goodwill boutique?! It was teeny but well laid out and lovely. We both checked out the available products thoroughly, tried a bunch of things on, and walked out with 5 things each.
I'll share what I bought first, before talking through the 'sin' I committed.
I bought a top for $6.99 and three scarves for $2.99, $2.99, and $1.99 each. I also purchased a shelf for $5 for my daughter's room and forgot to snap a pic, but easily found it via Google:
Now, lets talk about what I bought. Clothing wise, I rarely wear scarves (but also own very few) and I purchased 3! Now, hang on a minute. These scarves were truly inexpensive additions that I can afford to experiment with, and are colors I love. One is a huge teal blanket-like scarf that is thick and warm, one is a narrow, lightweight, teal-white-gray scarf, and the last one is a 'regular' little floral print in an aqua green with a fringe. They're all very different for scarves, and are very different from what I already own. As for the top, I loved loved loved the print and the fit was pretty awesome as well. They fit my checklists, excepting perhaps the 'do you need it' part. At this point most additions to my wardrobe, except winter boots, are not true 'needs'. I also have an item limit to contend with, and I realized that my 26 items over a year didn't adequately take into account accessories. I was envisioning 26 clothing and shoe items, not also jewelry and scarves! I also really enjoyed thrifting and can say that I've worn 2 of my four items already (and more than 1x) and think I made really good decisions. Going forward, I'd like to thrift more as time allows. This creates a sticky situation with my item limit, but not my budget.
For the time being, I am not increasing my item limit. I won't rule it out though-- I may perhaps set a separate limit for accessories or for thrifting vs. store-bought in general, but we shall see. I thought long and hard over this week about this, and I think thirfting is exactly right for me. I want to spend less and have less of an environmental impact. My item limit was set to make me think things through and to not let myself buy a bunch of sale items just because the cost was low. I can still thrift and think my purchases through so I don't add to the general 'clutter'! I want all my items to be useful and used, and this will still be a target for me. But, to put things plainly, I have made it 6 days into month 2 and have purchased 7 items for my wardrobe so far, which leaves me with 19 items left I can purchase for the rest of the year according to my limit. I set my limit arbitrarily- low enough to be a challenge, frequent enough to not feel too repressed. I want to see where this leads and stick to my limit for now.
Posted by Meli at 4:32 PM
Tuesday, September 13, 2016
My Shopping List:
More replacement clothing hangers
Corner cabinet / TV & Microwave Stand(s)
Me: (only 2 items)Sweaters
Layering Pieces & Tops
Dresses/Skirts work with tights
These are all things that have caught my eye, most in the last month or longer:
Posted by Meli at 2:27 PM