I didn't change a thing about my wardrobe all week, but I wore nothing other than at-home lounge clothes (running shorts and old t-shirts) and work clothes, so I felt alright about that. Especially since there wasn't much time to go through the rest of my clothing.
Wednesday, I finally had time! It didn't take as long as I thought it would (maybe an hour, all together). However, this is something you want to do when you're rested and thinking straight. I don't know about you, but if I'm tired, I want to hold on to everything.
I attacked my closet in a good state of mind. I had the number "37" in mind, which is the Unfancy rule. She doesn't include jewelry, accessories, lounge wear, swim suits, bags, etc. Then there's the Project333 number, 33, which includes jewelry and accessories.
Lately, I've been experiencing a phenomena I'd have to call "expanding stuff." As you may recall from my various decluttering projects, I've gotten rid of a lot of things, probably hundreds, if not thousands of things! I've gotten rid of all the stuff I have talked about (this and this and this and this), plus a lot more I haven't talked about here, including a lot of clothing. I've given clothing to friends, donated clothing, scrapped clothing... I got rid of some things just this last week! But there is still SO MUCH CLOTHING. What the hell is happening?
So I opened my closet and thought I took a picture, but it turns out I didn't. Because I am a really great photographer, right? So you'll have to use your imagination. Imagine lots of clothing, a full spread of hangers, tall stacks on the shelves, and a plastic storage container full of dress shoes on the floor.
I then looked to my left and saw all these dresses and skirts in what is technically Eric's part of the closet. Sigh.
I tried everything on and was able to send a few straight to the donation pile, including one I've never worn or liked, and one that hasn't fit in years. Some I like, but they're either one size too big or small. I took those upstairs into my recently decluttered attic. I ended up keeping one dress, although I'm concerned that it won't work for weddings, because it's black. But I'll deal with that when it comes up.
Next I took everything off the shelves and the hanging rack. I put back the things I knew I wanted to keep and counted - I was in the low 20s at that point. I decided to tackle my shoe cabinet next. First, though I emptied the plastic tub. I donated every single thing in there, mostly heels and bags I'd bought to go with dresses that are long gone. Then I moved my winter boots and summer shoes I didn't think I needed to the tub and took it up to the attic. That left me with 6 pairs of shoes - work shoes, two pairs of running shoes (old and new), flip flops, black flats and a pair of casual shoes.
Thanks to all the room in the closet now, I decided to bring in the two jackets I wanted, and then I took the winter ones upstairs. So now when you look in the hallway coat closet, you have to admit that Eric was right - it was overcrowded with my stuff.
So now I have 6 pairs of shoes in the shoe cabinet, 3 bags, 2 jackets, 5 work shirts (plus 3 more in the laundry), 10 tops, 1 dress, 5 bottoms, and 3 pairs of work jeans, bringing my grand total, not including accessories, to 38. I could easily part with a couple more work shirts, but I wanted to wait until they were all clean before I decided what else would go.
I didn't count accessories, but I don't really accessorize much. Occasionally, I wear earrings. I did go through my jewelry last night and I got rid of another small bag, probably 20 pieces, but I'm going to leave the rest there and not worry about it. For some reason, I also had 6 wraps/pashmina type things, which I got down to 2. I like them more than I wear them.
I took everything I wasn't ready to get rid of yet upstairs into the attic, along with some sweatshirts I definitely don't need now, the dresses, some work shirts and my winter coats. So if I can't make it through with these things, I can go upstairs and get more clothes.
But I honestly think I'll be okay! When I woke up this morning, I felt good about the closet. I'm looking forward to seeing how it goes. Like I mentioned with the wedding-appropriate dress, I can see a couple things that might have to change, and I already know I want to replace my (cheap) black flats with something better. Only having one pair of flats, though, makes replacing them an easier decision. I know I won't be adding to the collection, but swapping something out. I don't know if I'll make the swap soon or later - I might wait until I put together my fall capsule, to see how this goes.
Week 44: Household - Capsule Wardrobe