Two Teens And Their Mama: Shop My Closet Week 6

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Shop My Closet Week 6


It's week six, and I'm starting to feel like I won't get through all my winter clothes before winter is over.  Maybe I need to start wearing two outfits a day? Or move somewhere colder? Sigh.

Currently, I'm purging my closet in an unconventional way.  By wearing every single thing I own, I have the opportunity to ask myself these questions:  Do I love it?  Is it flattering, and does it fit well?  Does it match my style?  If the answer is no, it's gone. 

But back in January, before starting this challenge, I did go through my closet and do a complete clean out and re-organization.  



I'm guilty of thinking that I love everything I own, and couldn't possibly part with it, which is obviously not the case.  I needed to clear some things out before I could even start.

Conventional organizing wisdom suggests that you remove every single thing from your closet.  Nope, that's way too overwhelming.  So I broke it down into smaller chunks, and chose similar items, ie. short sleeve shirts, jeans, etc. to work with.  I separated things into three piles:  definite keep (because I really do love it), maybe keep, and donate.

The donate items went into a black bag and straight out to the car, because I'm guilty of looking at something again and changing my mind.  The "maybe keep" items got a little more scrutiny.  Have I worn it in the last year?  Can I style the item several ways?  If I was on a very limited budget, and I was shopping right now, would I buy this again?

Hours later, when I was finally done, everything I was including in my challenge (and there was still a lot) went back into the closet.  On black velvet hangers from Costco, because I love them.  As I wear something and decide it's a "final" keep, I'm turning the hangers around so I remember that it's already been worn. 

Hopefully I'll get to spring clothes by the time spring gets here.  Otherwise,  I might be wearing a flannel shirt to Mother's Day brunch.

Linking up today with A Lovely Little WardrobeThe Pleated PoppyThursday Fashion FilesFashion FridayFabulous FridayPumps and PushupsHow I Style ItNot Dead Yet StyleMy Refined Style

39 comments:

  1. ha! I can totally hear your voice in the post, love it. Feel free to come visit us and showcase your winter wear...although it has been more like spring here.

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  2. That burgundy sweater is so pretty and I love the vest layered over the turtleneck! You are doing so great with this! There are probably a lot of items you can transition into spring and keep it up!

    Jill
    Doused In Pink

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    1. Thanks Jill! I've been trying to save my lighter weight sweaters for next month.

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  3. I love your steely determination to do this right.

    If you need winter weather just pop on over. Winter decided to show up this week. I had secretly hoped it lost our address, but nope. I appears it will be cold with some snow for the next week at least.

    Love the red vest and cream sweater.

    bisous
    Suzanne

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    1. Sorry about the winter weather. Our rain found its way back here too.

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  4. You are rocking this whole idea of shopping your closet! I love it and your outfits!

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  5. I so love your purging mantra!! So Loving your looks, you can share rock anything from the red family especially with your beautiful blond hair!!

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    1. Thank you Andrea! I don't own a lot of red, although I don't know why!

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  6. I often think that it is a good thing a closet has a finite amount of space. Otherwise, we probably would never feel the urge to purge and can you imagine how many clothes we would have?! I love everything you have shown us Lana - I can see why you are having trouble parting with things. "Urge to Purge" .... did I really just write that? ;-0

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    1. That's a good point - although I do wish I had a bigger closet space. I do occasionally get the "urge to purge" :)!

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  7. I'm really enjoying reading all about this journey you are on to wear everything in your closet! How many vests do you own? Just curious. I love my vests.

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    1. I love vests too! I would say I probably have at least 12!

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  8. I cannot imagine owning that many clothes! Although, I'm sure its fun. My closet is sadly lacking...unless you're counting pj's then I can compete haha!

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    1. I need more pj's actually. Someday we will go shopping together!

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  9. I love the red vest! I admire your commitment to this. It takes creativity to figure out how to put everything together in a new way and not repeat anything...and have it look good too!

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    1. It's actually been kind of fun, and a bit of a challenge.

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  10. Jean jackets are something I always love, but forget to wear if it's not summer. Vests are something I haven't gotten the guts to wear.. yet.
    I really need to do this challenge!

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    1. You would look great in a vest! I forget about my jean jackets too.

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  11. I love the red vest with the sweater!!
    Jaymie
    www.jaymieashcraft.com

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  12. haha, that would feel super over whelming if I had to take all of my clothes out of my closet. But there are a few things that I bought for the style challenges that I realize just aren't me...but can't bring myself to get rid of them...loving that jean jacket and the red vest on you. So cool you've gone so long without repeating! Good for you!

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    1. Yah, taking everything out at once would be a nightmare for me. I'd just give up and then all my clothes would be in piles everywhere!

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  13. I don't think I've seen that sweater (love) or your vest before...love that too!

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    1. Thanks Carrie! The sweater with the red vest is actually pink - it didn't photograph well. I was trying for a Create28 look!

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  14. Love the way you broke things down into manageable chunks. And I also love the "requirement" of "if I were on a limited budget, would I buy this again?" That's a great question to ask. I'm curious. Have you really work something different for the past six weeks, or are you rewearing things?
    ~ Sheila @ Making the Most of Every Day

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    1. I have really worn something different almost every day (on the top at least - I don't own that many pants/jeans). There have been a few days (mostly on weekends) when I've worn sweats.

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  15. I NEED to do this soooo badly... would have to break it down into more manageable chunks because it would be WAY too overwhelming for me!
    Confessions of a Frumpy Mommy

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    1. The smaller chunks is definitely the way to go!

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  16. I realllllly need to go through my closet and weed some things out. Maybe I will do that once it starts to warm up again, since I'll know what I didn't wear all winter! That burgundy top with the grey jeans is so pretty!

    Carrie
    curlycraftymom.com

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    1. That's a good idea, to purge what you didn't wear the previous season.

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  17. We had such a warm fall, that I don't think I will wear everything in my winter closet once before the season is over either. I don't really believe in purging though. Because I always regret getting rid of an item.

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    1. That's always my fear when I get rid of something too!

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  18. SO GOOD. I am kind of doing a mini-version over here. I did toss most of what I didn't wear last year already. So I do wear just about everything in my closet but there is still a lot. A lot of good stuff. A lot that I love but I need 730 days in a year to wear them all. And to get all of my books read, and my house clean, and my workouts in, and blogging written.

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    1. I know, why can't we have a few more days - or a few more hours each day! Too bad we have to sleep...

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  19. First of all, these are three really cute winter looks. Love your colorful vest! Second, glad to know I am not the only thinking I am not going to make it through wearing all my winter clothes before the season is out. :) I like how you are purging your wardrobe by sections - great idea. Thanks for linking up with Fabulous Friday! Hope to see you back this week, Lana.

    Jennie - A Pocketful of Polka Dots

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