Monday, October 17, 2011
Cleaning My Closet
That makes sense. Clutter can overwhelm and confuse us about what clothes we own; sometimes we even forget what we have!
I've been wearing women's clothes my whole life, from age six on -- but never nice ones. For most of my life, my clothes were cheap and ugly, hidden away in dark places, taken out for my use but never seen by anyone else. Organizing those clothes was unnecessary; they were simply crumbled up in plastic bags.
That changed two years ago when I started wearing clothes more seriously and then blogging with them. I started buying slightly nicer stuff. At first, those clothes were still cheap and ill-fitting; gradually, I began buying decent garments that fit my body.
Initially, I was grateful to just explore fashion and didn't worry about looking good. I was going through a learning phase.
That development came to mind today when I spent an hour going through everything I own. I discarded a third of my stuff because those items don't fit me, are torn or ruined, and can't be re-worn by anyone else. I organized what was left over. I never knew how many belts I had! Nothing had been segregated, so I found old scarves and skirts mixed in with shirts, belts and hosiery.
Now, each category is separate which I believe will enhance my future outfits. I can see my array of belts, scarves, handbags, tights, etc. Without even trying, I already started building new ensembles in my head with what I saw in front of me. I'll make greater and better use of what I own. I've always had mixed feelings about buying new clothes because of my concern for their environmental cost. Minimizing that activity by using my existing wardrobe more makes me feel better.
How often do you edit your closet?