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.


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!

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.

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”!


Posted by on July 9, 2013 in Open for Discussion


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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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