Tuesday, September 12th, 2017
Oh, hey. I’ve been blogging for three years now and completely forgot to mark the occasion. Oops!
One of the big benefits of blogging is being able to look back on recent years and see how things have changed. In some instances, it’s more interesting to see how they’ve stayed the same. It has been two years since I did a closet inventory, mostly because I didn’t see a lot of value in doing one while my body was quickly changing sizes postpartum. The thoughts I had surrounding my wardrobe last year and what I wanted out of it still ring true to this day. I feel like I made a lot of positive strides in my wardrobe in recent months. Instead of increasing in volume, it increased in function.
I’d show you what’s hanging in my closet, but our area had a water ban this past weekend due to a broken valve. My laundry is only just being washed now.
Much like in my original inventories, there are large differences between my functional wardrobe and the total number of clothes in the house. Since I don’t know yet if we’re having more kids or not, I haven’t fully purged my maternity and in between sized clothes. Those aren’t included in these totals. Likewise, workout and “home only” clothes aren’t included in the count either. Do you really need to know how many pairs of purple fleece pants I have? Probably not (but the answer is two).
Interestingly enough, this is getting back down close to the number of clothing items I was wearing when I started this blog three years ago. The total number of items was higher (132), but at that point in time I had 60 items in what I would refer to as my functional wardrobe. The word functional is being used loosely here – getting dressed was kind of a nightmare.
After a few years of bloating and culling, I feel like I’m starting to find a sweet spot. Most items mix and match nicely – so long as there’s clean clothes in the closet I’ll have something to wear. Likewise, I feel more like I’m getting dressed than playing dress up. My wardrobe is feeling more like me. There’s probably a half dozen items I feel ambivalent about in here, but until I find suitable replacements for them they’ll probably stay put.
How about you? Have you found your wardrobe sweet spot? How large is your functional wardrobe?