Monday, January 24, 2011

Operation "Love My Closet"

I have unfortunately fallen into the "good deal" trap too many times, where I don't love something, but oh it's so cheap! and I can't not get it! And the one where that dress sure was cute when I was a freshman in college, but now I am a real 24-year-old GROWN UP who doesn't need to be wearing that, but I'm a sucker for silly sentimental attachment. Sound familiar?

My closet is overflowing (this is actually false: I don't have a closet, I have a hangy rack in the corner of my room, under-the-bed drawers, and part of a rod in the shared coat closet). I own too many clothes, and I want to be surrounded by things I love, not things that I kinda-sorta liked once upon a time and I now can't bring myself to get rid of.

So, I am setting up a challenge for myself: over the next year, I will try on every piece of clothing (... jewelry, shoes, etc) that I own and either find a place for it in an outfit that I am excited to wear, or donate it. I really hope this doesn't take a full year, but given my current work/commute schedule, I don't want to make any lofty promises I can't keep.

Now: who is with me? Tell me about it, send me pics, keep your own blog!

The rules:
  1. Try on every "regular" article of clothing that you own.
  2. Style each as part of an outfit that you love and are excited to wear.
  3. Anything that cannot be styled in such a way has to be thrown out / donated / sold to a second hand store.
  4. Exceptions include workout or lounge clothes, pajamas, costumes, and special outfits like ski gear; however, these need to be worn regularly (or at least once a year, depending on the purpose) and still be things you like and in good condition. I also need to keep a few wintery things for my approximately yearly visits to places with real seasons; I may or may not style these since this isn't really a rotating part of my wardrobe anymore.
  5. Optional: keep photo proof of each successful outfit.

I own way too much to post all of the outfit pictures, but I will likely post some updates along the way. This is a little daunting, but I'm excited to force myself to get rid of some of the stuff I no longer want/need!

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