Spring Cleaning Part Two

21 Jul

Click here for Part One.

It’s taken me a while to write this post because it’s hard to photograph your closet without it looking messy. Does anyone else have this problem?

Anyways, here’s the second half of my closet. There are definitely more clothes in this half and I’m missing less than 10 items that are either at the tailor or in the laundry.

It’s grouped by sleeve length, top length, sweaters, dresses, and work pants. I don’t color coordinate because I don’t have that many colors for each of the categories.

Below the rack are storage boxes for tees, camis, tanks, leggings, hosiery, undergarments, socks, etc.

To the far right corner are my shoes. At last count, I have 25 pairs of shoes and I’m trying to shave it down to 20, but that hasn’t been going very well as I can’t bear to part with my shoes.

I have 90 hangers on the rack currently (10 empty) and I won’t buy any more hangers. What’s hanging should be half to a third of my clothes because I want to have less than 365 clothing items. My closet already seems bloated, so adding more to it would be excessive.

If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you’ll notice that you’ve seen the majority of these clothes in my outfit posts. I have few if any wardrobe orphans and I do try to mix and match everything so I can really maximize my clothes.

I’m slowly learning to live with less and I’ll be limiting new additions.

The only major clothing items missing are my seven pairs of blue jeans. Since it’s summer, I challenged myself to avoid wearing blue jeans for the entire three months (June-August) and instead wear more skirts, shorts, and dresses. When it’s cooler, I have four pairs of causal pants to wear, not including leggings. It’s my second year doing this challenge and it worked out well last time. So I hope this year will be the same.

Aside from jeans, I don’t have a hidden wardrobe or anything in storage. This is what I work with everyday and this is what I see everyday, although it might not be this neat.

For now, I have a good solid base and anything new either replaces an item or contribute something different. I’m scouting for unique signature pieces like high-waisted/wide leg herringbone/tweed trousers, patterned or architectural clothing, and fun accessories.

I used to think that I wanted a walk-in closet so I can fill it with all my things, but now that I have a lot of storage space in my apartment, I use less than half of it. If you can see from the full view of my closet, there’s space behind my rack of clothes which lies another hanging rack, which technically doubles my closet space, but it’s staying empty. I’d much rather keep everything on a smaller scale so I don’t have to “discover” new clothes that I forgot about with tags still attached to them.

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3 Responses to “Spring Cleaning Part Two”

  1. dressingmyself July 21, 2010 at 9:01 AM #

    I am very impressed – that is one organised closet.
    I have been thinking about getting just one type of hanger, and looking at your photo this seems like a good idea.
    Very inspirational post – thanks.

  2. Jen July 21, 2010 at 4:21 PM #

    I’m so happy you came by my blog because I am just about done my first sewing class (we are making a pencil skirt) and I bought a machine a few days ago. Unfortunately I don’t really know what to do with it at this point– I just know that I want to learn more! Your simple tutorials are great and inspirational.

    And speaking of inspirational, this tidy closet is also quite amazing. my closet has sliding mirrored doors so it’s hard to keep it completely organized because I can’t see everything at once… but I think I’m going to go home and try once again. Thanks for the links!

    Jen

  3. PetiteXXS July 21, 2010 at 5:09 PM #

    It’s definitely hard to take pictures of your closet without having it look messy, I had trouble with mine too. I think it has to do with all the different colors, if all our clothes were all one color or a similar palette it would look a lot neater.

    I also have been actively trying to wear more skirts and dresses too (no shorts in my wardrobe yet!), but when I’m in a pinch it’s just so much easier to throw on jeans and a top. I’ve stopped buying new jeans though… hopefully that’ll help! 🙂

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