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Projects, Projects and More Projects

This weekend I worked on two different projects.

One I spoke about on Monday’s post. My new writer’s retreat is still a work in progress. There will be more posts in the future about my new space.

The second project I worked on is a major organization in my closet. Now, this may not seem like much but it was most definitely necessary for my peace of mind, much as my writing space.

There has to be a better way.

This is all of my clothes.
This is all of my clothes.

I’m open to suggestions. For now, this is what I’ve begun.

I’ve been thinking about a minimalist or capsule wardrobe for a while. If you’ve never heard about this concept, it is where you take everything out of your closet. The only items that go back into the closet are those things you love and work in your life. Each of the items is an intentional choice.

One idea is choosing 33 items for each season though I don’t know if this includes lounge clothes or workout clothes. Other ideas include having a certain amount of each item that mixes and matches with the other things in your wardrobe.

I’ve created a Pinterest board to help me work on this issue. It’s another way to put off digging into my closet, but this is how I tend to work. Research and education first then action.

Some of the sites I’ve looked at include:

The first step is often taking stock of what you have. Then you get rid of anything that doesn’t work aiming for a small number of pieces that interchange, most in a color scheme that works for you.

And my shoes!
And my shoes!

One of the reasons I am looking into this is because I hate shopping. I hate trying on clothes, never knowing what looks good on me. I often hate the way things feel. I like comfort and easy to wear clothes. If I must adjust something, there is no way I am going to wear it again. If I were to have a capsule wardrobe I would only have to go shopping a few times a year at each change of the season. This idea of minimal shopping is appealing.

The one caveat is that the clothing chosen for this would be of a higher quality. The reason being is that if you have fewer pieces you can spend a bit more on each one. I do believe you get what you pay for so if you purchase cheap clothing then it won’t last very long. Pay more to get a higher-quality item and it will last much longer thereby saving money in the long run.

Having too much clutter is a problem I don’t want to live with any longer. I managed to get rid of a couple of boxes of clothes, sort out things for fall and winter, and straighten things our so everything is easy to see.

This is a poor after picture.
This is a poor after picture.

In the coming months, we have many plans, including NaNoWriMo. I’d like to make my life as easy as possible so I can focus on my writing when that time comes.