Back in September, I did a complete overhaul of my wardrobe. I was forced to do this because I had gained weight. It's amazing how easy it is to gain weight, and how hard it is to take it off, right? This is especially true once one passes a certain age.
I had to let go of a lot of clothes that no longer fit me. I bought new clothes that fit, so I had to make room for them in my closet and armoire. In hindsight, I wish I had taken "before and after" photos, so you could get a better idea of the situation before I did the overhaul, and how much work it entailed.
It took me the entire month of September to accomplish this task. I knew I had gained weight, so when it came time for the Labor Day and Fall pre-season sales, I measured myself in preparation for buying new pants, sweaters, belts, jackets and a coat for fall and winter. Coach was having its bi-annual clearance sale, so naturally I had to pick up a new tote bag, too. I love my snapdragon and regatta blue LL Bean canvas Boat 'n Tote, but for the cold months I thought something sturdier and more formal would be appropriate. Here it is February and I've used it once: for the NAMI Holiday Party in December. Don't worry, little Coach tote. Your time will come.
Once I received everything I ordered, I went through my closet and my armoire and tried on everything - jackets, pants, tops, skirts, dresses, sweaters, spring and summer clothes, and fall and winter clothes. I made three piles: donate, discard and laundry.
Here are the donation bags, ready and waiting by the door to get picked up by the Vietnam Veterans of America:
Here are the clothes in the laundry bags, all nice and clean after they came back from the laundromat:
After I had cleared out all the clothes that no longer fit, and put away all the clean, new clothes, this is what my armoire and closet looked like:
|Sock drawer! Organized by color.|
|Left to right: Belts, handbag in dust bag, jackets, jeans and pants, skirts, jackets and scarves.|
|The whole enchilada.|
|This is the inside of the door of the closet now, after adding Command Hooks. I have color charts to help me figure out which colors look good together, and finally, a place to hang my belts.|
The reason the whole project took so long was because I had to wait until I received everything I ordered for fall/winter, I had to get the Febreze Stick 'n Refresh dispensers, and I had to wait until everything came back from the laundromat. The whole process of trying on clothes took about three hours. I worked on both my spring and fall wardrobes, so I won't have to do this over again in May of this year (I hope!). I think I sent everything to the laundromat the next day, and I got it back that day. What took so long was waiting for everything I bought to be delivered.
I hope you enjoyed this tour inside the realm of my wardrobe. Not as interesting as Narnia, but at least no one will threaten you with permanent frostbite.