I recently took the bin of summer clothes I have stored at the top of my closet and did the ol’ mid-year seasonal switcheroo. The winter stuff goes into the bin and the summer stuff comes out. For whatever reason, I have a few more warm weather clothes than winter. Maybe it’s the years we spent living in Las Vegas or that I tend to go shopping more before summer vacations and weddings. It’s a nice surprise to see some of those old clothes again after they’ve been tucked away for so long.
All the summer catalogs have started to pour in and I have been sending them straight from the mailbox to the recycling bin because I know if I crack open the latest J.Crew, every page will be dog-eared and I’ll be obsessing over outfits I don’t need and don’t have a budget for. I have to stop myself. I can no longer afford to shop like I used to – which is a good thing. I am more mindful now. I used to spend money to save time. Now I spend time to save money.
Here are a few practical things I’ve started doing whenever I feel the urge to check out of my online cart after digital window shopping, in trying to discover, acknowledge and use the clothes I already have.
- Just do the laundry. Whenever I feel like I have nothing to wear, I realize it’s because everything I like to wear the most is likely in the dirty laundry hamper.
- It’s the worst, but take time to iron. I loathe my ironing board – most especially that screeching sound it makes as it’s unfolding. You know the one. (I’ve been wanting to invest in a good steamer but haven’t yet.) Somehow, ironing that shirt gives it a bit of new life.
- Surprise! Check the dry cleaning bin. There are times when I feel like a trip to the dry cleaner is just as expensive as going shopping for something new. That said, I often forget about a dress or a skirt that I tossed in the dry cleaning bin and sometimes, I can cheat a trip to the dry cleaner and take extra time to hand wash it.
- Crisis not required, but create some order in the closet. Creating order out of chaos is how I deal with pretty much everything. If I’m in crisis mode, you can usually find me on my closet floor having a good cry, then organizing something in there.
- Hang things up to see everything. I recently started hanging up my shorts and it seemed silly at first but it feels a bit fancy when I go to choose a pair. Like I am making a conscious choice, instead of just throwing something on that was at the top of a pile. In my head, I feel more put together.
I’ve always been a fan of the concept of a capsule wardrobe. I also like the idea of investing in a few things you love that you will have for several years. I don’t do well with making decisions quickly and limiting my options helps. Of course, until it comes time to do the laundry, which comes a lot quicker when your inventory is condensed.
How about you? Do you find yourself frequently editing your wardrobe? Are you a master at shopping your closet? I have a friend who uses Pinterest regularly to recreate outfits with clothes she already has. I love that. Where do you draw your inspiration from?