Here’s a boring photo of my closet and dresser! Getting them organized felt like quite an achievement, so I had to document it. And since it still looks like this, like, half a week later, I think it’s fair to say that I’m a big success. I didn’t bring all that much clothing from the Minneapolis house in the big move last month — most of what I wear on a regular basis was already here in Hinckley, after all. But there was enough that I had to get a little creative.
Clothing accumulation is one of the things I find most disappointing. I’ve probably said this here before (I certainly say it often enough in real life), but I’m not at all a clothes horse — yet the clothes seem to pile up so quickly! I set aside bags and bags of old stuff for donation when I was packing in Minneapolis, though. And I could probably EASILY make do with half of what I’ve kept, so I wouldn’t have to store it, but there’s that feeling of being sure I’ll want it as soon as I no longer have it.
I think 2011 was the year I went without buying new clothes, and I’ve been a little bit more moderate since then. Now that I live in Hinckley, I can’t really go to Target for one thing and wind up with a full cart. And I think I’ve just gotten more realistic with looking at something and judging how often I’ll wear it. As unglamorous as it makes me sound, I’ve bought a couple of new hoodies this year because I know I put on a sweatshirt when I go out most of the time (I don’t mind hot summer weather except that I miss wearing hoodies). Pretty much all the maternity stuff I’ve bought are tops and bottoms that I’ll probably wear forever. Oh stretchy waistband I can pull up to my eyeballs, I’ll love you always.
What do you do to keep the clothing item count down? In theory, I love the idea of only having a few, high-quality pieces. I bought some Sorel rain boots recently using that philosophy. They weren’t the cheapest, but they’re super sturdy, super warm, and should last for decades. (My poor future-teenaged daughter with the mother in hole-y maternity leggings and scuffed up old boots.) What else is worth having one really nice version of?