Twice a year (spring and fall) I survey my closet. I haul everything out, pile it on the bed in our spare room, and give it the once-over. If I will wear it this season, it goes on my list as “still wearable”, and then back in my closet. If I think I won’t wear it this season, but it still fits, and is a classic that I might wear down the road, I store it. If it doesn’t fit into either category, I then decide if I will consign the piece to earn a little cash, or give it away. I’ve been doing this for years. Then I make a list of what I need, or want, to buy for that season.
|My “little book,” wherein I keep my lists: what I already own, what I own but won’t be wearing this season, and what I need/want to buy new.|
I’m sure you’ve heard about Marie Kondo and her book on how to declutter your closet and your life. Some of my friends have read Kondo’s book and swear by it. I saved this article back when I was still subscribing to Vogue.com. Chloe Malle, who is a cutie, decides what items in her closet do and do not “spark joy,” and does some serious tidying up with Marie Kondo herself. Decluttering is big these days. Really big.
And Kondo’s book seems to have given rise to a plethora of on-line advice on “decluttering“, “cleansing,” or “detoxing” your closet. There are more 7-step, or 10-step, or 11-step programs to get organized “than you can shake a stick at”… to use my grandmother’s expression. And who benefits from all this tidying? According to this article by Lauren Sherman on the blog Fashionista.com, second hand clothing and consignment stores as well as charity organizations like Goodwill are benefiting big time from the closet clean-up craze. Well, now. That’s pretty cool, isn’t it? Spread the joy around, I say… pun intended.
Back when I was still working, decluttering, detoxing, closet cleansing… whatever… was important for me because I needed to be able to see easily what was in my closet, in order to decide what I might wear each day. And I needed to make room in my very small closet, in our very small house, for anything new I might buy.
My wardrobe is less extensive these days, more finely edited you might say. With less need for business wear. And more need for jeans and comfortable, but still polished, tops and jackets. But I still do my seasonal organization thing. I made my lists back in March. Here’s a few things that did not make the cut to either keep or store. I hate to give up that black and white DVF dress, but it felt too short when I wore it last year and I know it will just languish in the closet this year. Time to let someone else cherish it, I think. The other things…well, a bit too tight, a bit too short… and a bit too annoying. That Burberry shirt is cute and in really good shape, but it pulls across the middle. Cardinal sin to bring attention to one’s middle-age middle. So it’s going.
|My consignment items…so far.|
Once the purging decisions were made I went shopping. This white, collarless, silk Equipment shirt was one of my purchases. I love the sixties-style, flower design. All the colours: navy, soft pink, coral, lilac and khaki in the design. The two pockets on the chest that you can’t see very well, here. The slim cut and the length which is perfect for me. Great with my Paige high-rise skinnies, and my Stan Smith Adidas.