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Shopping My Closet

09 Jul

001  Shopping My Closet!

  I received a compliment from a friend the other day on the outfit I was wearing.

  When she asked where I got it I replied “I shopped my closet”.

  My friend asked where this shop was located and I repeated to her that what I was wearing came from my closet and that I had just “shopped my own closet”!

I explained further that I was not working much these days, basically just delivering some part time Training.  I was transitioning into retirement mode and trying to cut back on spending and part of my restraint program involved a personal challenge to stop buying unnecessary clothing.

I have always loved fashion and take great pleasure in shopping for clothes. The result was a closet bulging with so many items I had a tough time finding ‘anything to wear’!

New items would be purchased and added to the already overflowing closet and although I did on rare occasions clear out that which I didn’t fit or wear much I knew that I had more than enough to wear without buying more.

Shopping, although fun and therapeutic at times, had become a costly habit for me!

014My closet is not large and yet it isn’t too small either and I knew it wasn’t more space I needed.
I needed to organize the space I already had.

Organizing my closet space would aid my motivation to ‘shop my closet’ instead of a store.

I devised a plan to clean out my closet and organize it in a way that I could clearly see and find outfits that I actually wore.

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In the past I had thought about removing seasonal clothes however it seemed like too much work at the time. In spite of this I started with the removal process and I eventually removed EVERYTHING with the intention of only putting back what I actually wore regularly!

 Having freed up some space allowed me to spread out my outfits and be able to clearly see what I had available to wear. I tried on everything and if the buttons were bulging or the waistline too tight they were sent off to the Thrift Shop.  Interestingly, I did not come across any items that were too loose, just too tight!
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I found things that I had forgotten I had. I discovered ‘shamefully’, outfits I had never worn.

I had more than enough to wear and the best things were jammed in where I couldn’t even see them!

 So now that I have completed this mountainous task I can ‘shop my closet’ and revisit items that are like new.

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So take a peek in my closet and think of me the next time you say

“I have nothing to wear” and consider “shopping YOUR closet”!

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6 responses to “Shopping My Closet

  1. wishingchair

    August 13, 2013 at 9:54 pm

    This really reminds me of clearing my own wardrobe recently. I also ended up bringing some things that were past their best to clothes recycling, in Ireland we have a great system that benefits a breast cancer charity too. But it’s ridiculous what you find buried in your own wardrobe.

     
    • Anonymous

      September 16, 2013 at 12:05 am

      That’s perfect wishingchair that when you let go of your clothes you know they are going to a good cause…

       
  2. Regina Gomez Aldea

    July 31, 2013 at 3:59 am

    I love this so much! It’s sooo true for so many closets out there. I love the mind set that puts you in, especially when we feel like we don’t have anything to wear. I’m going to do that tonight to “buy” clothes I need for tomorrow’s work day. Kudos to your motivation, ‘cuz organizing a closet can take some will.

     
    • BlackCrowCurios

      August 6, 2013 at 5:02 pm

      so true Regina! However I am happy to say that I have curbed spending on clothes (not totally, but greatly) since I developed my motto of ‘shop my closet’ Trish

       
  3. Ricki

    July 9, 2013 at 8:04 pm

    Hmmm… and, I thought you might end with “or, wear nothing at all…” 🙂

     
  4. lornerepay

    July 9, 2013 at 7:11 pm

    very frugal, I like this!

     

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