Project Simplify is a five week decluttering challenge. Week One started yesterday, so it is not too late to join in. You can read all about Project Simplify by clicking on either one of the links.
Week One's project is your wardrobe and/or closet. This is something I had been working on since last Summer, slowly weeding out clothing that I never wear, that no longer fits, is out of style, was a case of buyer's remorse, etc. Slowly getting my closet down to things I actually wear. So I had a good head start on this project.
Here is the "before" photo of my side of the closet. And considering all of the weeding out I had already done, my closet didn't look too bad!
I found it very serendipitous that at the time this closet exercise comes up, I am reading this in Simple Abundance: "Until you make peace with who you are, you'll never be content with what you have." - quote from Doris Mortman.
In fact, the next several days of essays are about how you look, the image you project, and being authentic. And the tips for implementing the closet exercise on Project Simplify play right into this. One of the questions was about your best colors - my closet is full of my best colors. Any guesses what they are?
I have also learned what colors are not my best colors. For instance, with work clothes I always thought I needed/wanted variety. Basic dress colors - black, grey, navy, brown. But when I pull pants out of my closet to get dressed for work, I always choose black or grey. On the rare occasions that I've worn navy or brown, I feel really uncomfortable. And since I am only in the office one or two days a week, I really don't need many choices. Hence this:
A couple of other projects I've done within the last few weeks:
I also pared down my jewelry, getting rid of a lot of costume jewelry that I never wear. Aside from a couple strands of pearls, this is every necklace I now own... hung on the dresser mirror where I can actually see them and choose from them each day. The hooks are the Command Hooks by 3M that come off cleanly - the idea was Sarah's - it is how she organizes her jewelry at school!