I'm not buying much spring and summer clothing this season.
But what I am doing is seriously organizing my inventory.
The idea is that this spring and (and after I push out my third baby - due any day now!), I'll be able to shop my closet.
I went through and took a good hard look at every single parcel of clothing and accessory I owned. I grabbed a bunch of cardboard boxes and tackled my clothing with a very critical eye. I labeled one box keep, one box donate, one box rags and one box trash.
I stored all keepers that I know I will not be wearing until late fall in the guest room closet and in Tupperware bins and sweater boxes. I feel fabulous and so does my closet and dresser!
- To feel like I have a whole new wardrobe. By getting rid of things I don't need and organizing the items I decided to keep, I feel like I went on a shopping spree and I am giving primo space to the things that I truly like.
- To re-embrace my old summer clothes. You know, the stuff really hasn't changed that much since last year, no matter what those mags at the nail place try and tell us.
- To increase my post-baby workout motivation. There's a big link between organization and health. I for one feel that when my home is tidy, my willingness to make healthy choices goes way up, and I'm banking on that as I work to lose the baby weight.
- To save time getting ready. With a newborn, I'm going to need to get dressed in a fast minute and feel confident and current in my outfit all day...or at least until it gets barfed or pooped on.
Elle Decor always say to treat your closet like a jewel box and give the inside a fresh coat of paint or luxe wallpaper. WhatEVER. My big aesthetic move? I got rid of all wire hangers like Mommie Dearest and bought a bunch of plastic hangers in the color I already had the most of, white. The non-white hangers I use to hang the winter items in a storage closet. This color-coordinated hanger thing was totally goofy and makes me sound like a jerk, but it does make me feel more organized and the closet looks way neater.
I feel so good about my clothes options since getting rid of things and getting my remaining possessions in order that I bet I won't feel the need to shop.
I know, I'm still shocked myself.Jessica McFadden writes the popular mom blog A Parent in Silver Spring. Connect with Jessica on Facebook and Twitter.