Giving my Clothes a Chance
Ok, I love shopping. I mean, I love a great deal and I love going in search of such things. I seriously can't pass up a really well made pair of leather shoes on a mega clearance, nor can I walk away from a fantastic pair of jeans- on sale naturally. Then, I look in my closet with nothing to wear and see stuff with tags still attached to them. I mean, will I ever wear that ridiculous, steel of a deal, polyester blouse? Probably not. (I hate polyester, why do I even buy it?). So, Once a year I do a "give my clothes a chance" challenge. Yes, a personal challenge, where I try my hardest not to shop and give all my clothes a chance before I add to my collection. I start at one end and work my way through all my clothes.
I tried cleaning out my closet a few times a year. Tried taking everything out of my closet. Tried separating things into wanted/unwanted piles, but I always wind up putting everything back in, thinking, "one day, I'll wear that". Giving my clothes a "chance" makes me actually think through what I will keep or not, throw away items that have been ruined by moths or just stained beyond OxyClean. The thing is, style changes, trends come and go, and I grow in my own personal style. In my twenties I wore more trendy things that were cheap and lasted that year. Now, I know what I want and love quality versus quantity. I love great fabrics, and well made pieces. And, I love a great deal. Oh, and they must fit right. Last few years I was nursing babies and was focusing on tops with a lot of room so I can just cover the kid up and not worry about exposing my goods. Boys are older now, climbing me, pulling me in every direction, so I need pieces that will go with me where ever I'm pulled to. Those flowy tops are just not making the cut. I lost some baby fat and want things that are more fitted. So I shop more intentionally, paying attention to the fabric and quality. I need pieces that will last in multiple washes because I have mom stains all over me by the end of the day, and just don't have time for anything "dry clean only" or "hand wash only". That's my season.
I still try to buy a few tops a season that are trendy and go amazing with jeans. they absolutely have to be a great deal, because who knows if furry sleeved sweaters will be in next year. Knowing I got a great deal on a trendy piece, I'm ok with it lasting one season.
So, yeah, lets clean out our closets and give all those clothes a chance. :)
PS, I really recommend these slim, anti slip hangers. They changed my closets' life. The blue ones I have for my boys. I love the space they save in there.
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