Go Shopping In Your Own Closet!

Not to mention drawers and everywhere else you stash you stuff! 

It’s January, so it’s the ideal time to take inventory your clothing, shoes, handbags and all other accessories.  Think of it as owning a boutique (some of us have enough stored in our homes to open our own boutique!), and, as the woman in charge, you need to look at what you have, how much value it has to you, and the BIG question – do you still need it?  

You could feel like you hit the lottery.  

Well, in some ways you might.  If you’re like me and thousands of other women, we have those places, dark and little used, in the back of closets and in forgotten chests of drawers, where we keep things.  Just keep, not wear.  So, going through those dark places can lead to discover jeans, blouses, belts, maybe even shoes and boots we haven’t worn in forever – but, just so happen to be back in style!

I am in the process of doing this myself, and let me tell you, I am more than a little shocked at what I have!  I found some gems that I haven’t worn in 5 years or more, that are now moving out of the dark and into the light!  And this is in pretty much every category including jewelry and hats!  

Shopping in your own closet explained.  

Here’s what I’m doing, and I am very happy with how it’s working out – I’m putting outfits together, not just keeping pieces.  After all, it’s great that my jeans from 15 years still fit like always, but, what good are they if I don’t have the right top and shoes for them?  So, to keep that dark graveyard in my closet from happening all over again, I’m only keeping what I can put together with everything I need to make a complete outfit.  It really does make that “keep it or not” choice easier!

Makes sense.  

Definitely!   Having complete outfits, including some mixing and matching, is giving me more time to do other things than run around trying find that yellow blouse (where is it I know I wore it – when? 6 months ago?!) and it also helps me pull together great looks for any occasion.  

While I don’t have to keep everything hanging in order, outfit by outfit, going through all my wearables and organizing them, allows me to grab what works and move on to other things.  Nice.  

One last thing.  

Emotional ties.  A woman’s closet is a treasure trove of memories.  The dress we wore for that first date.  The shoes we rocked for that class reunion in 2005.  (sigh)  Yes, there are lots of emotions tied up in what we have worn.  But, if it’s out of style, or, if it no longer fits, we need to discard it – give it away if it’s still in good condition – and step out of the past and into a brighter future! 

Have fun shopping!



4 Comments Add yours

  1. Tully says:

    Oh yes! I have stuff I got for Christmas of 2010 that I still haven’t worn! Anything like that is being donated and I’m only keeping what I really want to wear! You’re the best, hon!!


  2. Nina says:

    Surely this is about me! I have so much stuff I honestly never use and embarrassingly enough I’ve actually bought shoes and accessories only to find that I already the same items buried at the bottom of a drawer! Cleaning out is not only going to save me time but also a lot of $$ wasted!


  3. Ginny says:

    This is very doable for me and I really, really need to follow your advice!


  4. Lucille says:

    I just LOVE this! I’m a plus size woman, but not every year I’m not. My closet is full of whatever fit me the year I bought it and it’s really hard to find anything I can wear right now. I’m going to follow your advice to the letter! If it doesn’t work for me today – it’s not staying!


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