|My "little book," wherein I keep my lists: what I already own, what I own but won't be wearing this season, and what I need/want to buy new.|
And Kondo's book seems to have given rise to a plethora of on-line advice on "decluttering", "cleansing," or "detoxing" your closet. There are more 7-step, or 10-step, or 11-step programs to get organized "than you can shake a stick at"... to use my grandmother's expression. And who benefits from all this tidying? According to this article by Lauren Sherman on the blog Fashionista.com, second hand clothing and consignment stores as well as charity organizations like Goodwill are benefiting big time from the closet clean-up craze. Well, now. That's pretty cool, isn't it? Spread the joy around, I say... pun intended.
Back when I was still working, decluttering, detoxing, closet cleansing... whatever... was important for me because I needed to be able to see easily what was in my closet, in order to decide what I might wear each day. And I needed to make room in my very small closet, in our very small house, for anything new I might buy.
My wardrobe is less extensive these days, more finely edited you might say. With less need for business wear. And more need for jeans and comfortable, but still polished, tops and jackets. But I still do my seasonal organization thing. I made my lists back in March. Here's a few things that did not make the cut to either keep or store. I hate to give up that black and white DVF dress, but it felt too short when I wore it last year and I know it will just languish in the closet this year. Time to let someone else cherish it, I think. The other things...well, a bit too tight, a bit too short... and a bit too annoying. That Burberry shirt is cute and in really good shape, but it pulls across the middle. Cardinal sin to bring attention to one's middle-age middle. So it's going.
|My consignment items...so far.|
And with my Twiggy suede jacket. Perfect for making the drive to Prescott to have lunch with my sister.
See how long the shirt is in the back? Makes a short jacket and tight skinny jeans a bit more age appropriate. You'll laugh. But when I was taking this shot, I was smiling for the camera. Can you tell?
Later that day, I swapped out the Twiggy jacket for this wardrobe workhorse from last year, my Helmut Lang black blazer, for a Friday night dinner with my book club. We read the memoir The Nazi Officer's Wife by Edith Hahn Beer and Susan Dworkin and we all agreed it was not great literature, but definitely well worth reading. I finished it in two days; it was riveting.
So my closet has been reorganized for spring 2016. I've done my shopping, and purchased a couple of new pieces. The Equipment shirt, for one, and a dress that you'll no doubt be seeing in the near future. I've purged, detoxed, and decluttered. I have a bag to take to my friend Fiona's consignment store The Frock Exchange. Don't you love that name? I also have a bag that I'll be donating to Dress for Success, which I think is such a wonderful charity.
So who benefits when I tidy up? Well, I do of course. I love a well-edited, tidy closet.... makes me smile with happiness. And I do again, because I may earn some cash from my consigned items. And Fiona does, too. Because without all us purgers where would she get her stock? And hopefully some woman I'll never meet, who needs a nice blouse or a jacket to wear to a job interview, so she can get back to work, and get her life on track, and who has visited Dress for Success for assistance will also benefit. And that makes me smile too. So there, you see... I benefit again.
Getting organized. Who knew it was so beneficial?
Are you a serial closet organizer? What do you do with the stuff you've purged in your clear-out?
Linking up this week with these great blogs: Visible Monday at Not Dead Yet Style, #IwillwearwhatIlike at Not Dressed as Lamb, All About You at Mama and More, What I Wore at The Pleated Poppy, Thursday Favourite Things at Katherine's Corner, Passion 4 Fashion at Rachel the Hat, Fun Fashion Friday at Fashion Should Be Fun, and Friday Finds at Forage Fashion.