Friday, 11 April 2014

Closet Inventory part 1

Let me preface this by saying; I have a lot of stuff. More than I originally thought- as I was counting and the numbers started adding up I was pretty shocked, but not really surprised. I decided to focus on my clothing and leave the accessories for later. So lets get down to it.

I created categories based on what I had in my closet to make it easier to divide things up.

Leather/PU Jackets 4
Suede/Faux Suede Jackets 2
Winter Jackets 2
Blazers 4
Denim Jackets 5
Other 4
TOTAL #: 21

Graphic & Print T-Shirts (Short Sleeve) 48
Graphic & Print T-Shirts (Long or 3/4 Sleeve) 2
Plain Shirts (Short Sleeve) 27
Plain Shirts (Long or 3/4 Sleeve) 14
Button-Down Shirts 16
Blouses 22
Cardigans 25
Ponchos 3
Graphic & Print Sweaters 7
Plain Sweaters 13
Sweatshirts & Hoodies 7
Vests 6
Tank Tops 13
Tank Tops (layering) 24
Crop Tops & Bralets 4
TOTAL #: 231

Jeans 13
Pants 4
Capris 2
Cotton/Tube Skirts 9
Denim Skirts 2
Circle/Swing Skirts 7
Pencil Skirts 8
Other Skirts 8
Shorts 3
TOTAL #: 56

Spring/Summer Dresses 11
Fall/Winter Dresses 15
Retro Look Dresses 3
Going Out/Fancy Dress 12
Formal/Special Occasion Dresses 5
TOTAL #: 46

I think the overall problem is that I have been hanging onto things that I've owned for YEARS- some from back in high school. I'm also one of those people who hangs onto things 'just in case' I need them- the thing is, quite often a random event will come up (like a steampunk show I went to recently) and I was able to create an outfit out of stuff in my closet that I typically don't wear. If I had gotten rid of that stuff, I wouldn't be able to do that. So maybe some stuff needs to be transferred to my costume bin for fun times like that.

I have a TON of graphic t-shirts. And I really don't wear them often enough. Over the past few years I have told myself many times not to buy anymore because I already had too many, and generally I have stuck to that except for buying a few concert t-shirts as mementos. In this case I need to purge some shirts, maybe transfer some over to my sleep shirt drawer, as well as just commit to wearing them on a more regular basis.
I really only wear a couple of my jackets on a regular basis, so as the whether warms up I'm going to need to make a really big effort to wear all of my spring coats & jackets so I can decided what is going to stay and what is going to go. In terms of skirts, I really want to wear them on a more regular basis but there are so many I really never wear that I just need to get rid of. I might keep one plain black circle skirt and a couple basic pencil skirts but the rest can go.

I think my upcoming strategy might be to box up a large amount of my clothing that I rarely wear, put it away and see what happens. Most likely I will forget about all the clothing I put in there and it will make it easier to get rid of. After looking at this inventory it would be hard to believe that I really need anything more at all, but I seem to always feel that way. I think it just goes to show that I'm not utilizing my wardrobe 100%- I have a lot of items that should be donated and really shouldn't make the cut in my wardrobe. So that is something I'm going to have to work on in the coming weeks and months, to really pare down what I have.


  1. Great job!!! It's hard work but so important to be fully aware of your starting point! No-one but you can define what is too much/too little but I am really looking forward to your progress posts! This is not easy but it is worth it!

  2. I have the same problem with keeping things 'just in case' (a learned behaviour I get from my mother..). I've had to will myself to be ruthless when purging ("Just bin it, step away, and forget all about it") and only keep a few pieces for unpredictable future needs (which will probably never arise anyway). It's kind of a freeing feeling though to see more space open up and have fewer pieces but be able to see everything you have:)