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According to Wikipedia:
"Used figuratively, the single-word term "clotheshorse" describes men and women who are so passionate about clothes that they maintain unusually large wardrobes of the latest, most stylish clothes; will never willingly appear in public in unstylish or outdated clothes; and will often change into many different stylish outfits during a single day."
After reading through my last post about goals for the New Year, I realized that I was "protesting too much" when it came to cleaning out my closet. Kind of like "Who me? I'm not a clotheshorse!"
I was soooo in denial!!! So, the thing that I said that I was NOT going to do, was the thing that I did first. I cleaned out my closet, jewelry boxes, underwear and sock drawers.
I do not have a big closet. This is fact that I curse everyday. But, it is what it is, and perhaps it's a good thing. I have to admit that I'm a little embarrassed to post these photos. But a picture is worth 1000 words. The closet is an L shape, so I have to take two pictures to show you the whole thing. Here are the BEFORE shots:
I have read about Project 333, where you choose 33 items and box up everything else, and then work with those 33 items for 3 months. Very catchy, and a good starting point. But the creator of Project 333 very clearly says that you should adapt for your own lifestyle.
I started to think about my own lifestyle, and I figure that I change my clothes no less than 4 times in one day. Yup- that fits the clotheshorse definition!
First, a workout outfit for the gym. (shirt, pants, jacket, coat- 4 items)
Second, a nice outfit for work. I work at an elementary school, where the staff dresses nicely, but not businessy. (skirt or dress, scarf or necklace, top, sweater, coat- 3-4 items)
Third, come home and change into something comfy. In winter that would usually be leggings, a shirt and a sweater. In Illinois, there are not many times in the winter where just one top will do. It's just too cold! We're predicted to get down to -9 degrees Fahrenheit this week! (leggings, shirt, sweater- 3 items)
Fourth, pajamas and robe. (3 items)
So, I really DO wear a lot of clothes. Up 14 pieces every day in the winter! 33 items would just cover me for 3 days, not even!
To be fair, Project 333 says not to count workout clothes, pajamas or loungewear. But since those things count for 3/4 of what I wear, I had to pare them down equally. I got rid of several pairs of mismatched pajamas, years old workout wear, and all of the matchless socks that I've been holding onto, hoping to someday find their mates.
Project 333 does say to count accessories though. I have never, ever sorted through my jewelry. I just kept buying more jewelry boxes to put it in, lol! I emptied out two jewelry boxes, and fit everything into one jewelry armoire. I got a fantastic hanging organizer from Hancock fabrics, that I am using to hang all of the jewelry that I might wear with my winter wardobe. Spring, summer and fall jewelry is all in the armoire.
So, I narrowed it down to about 60 items of clothing, 12 necklaces, 10 watches/bracelets, 10 scarves, 7 pairs of boot/shoes. 99 items. Alright, it's not even close to 33, but for an admitted clothes horse, that's pretty good. I reduced it by about two-thirds.
So, here are my after shots. See how much more room there is between the hangers?
I realize that this is a first world problem if there every was one, but this is a little scary! I hope that this won't feel like dieting where you get to feel deprived and fall off the wagon. Right now, it feels very refreshing, very liberating! I can see so many possibilities that were hidden by too much stuff before.
Here's another cool thing: a boot rack, so that your tall boots don't just flop around all over the floor.
I took some things to Goodwill, some to a resale shop, but the things that I wasn't 100% ready to let go of are just being boxed up and moved to a spare bedroom, so I can still access them if I need to. I don't want to wake up in the middle of the night in a panic attack, "OMG! What have I done? Nooooo!!!". "It's all okay, calm down, they are still here, just go back to sleep."
I'm going to try to be rather scientific about this and really pay attention to what I end up using and what I don't. I probably should be keeping some sort of checklist inside the closet. Maybe while my husband is out shoveling our 5-8 inches of snow tomorrow morning. "Sorry honey, I can't help you today. Gotta work on that checklist!"
I am still going to keep sewing, and this project has definitely told me what I don't need to sew.
How about you? Have you ever heard the word "clotheshorse" Do you fit the definition?