So how do I store them? Do I have a magic closet that expands and contracts? Do I have some secret way of packing them all in? No...in actuality I m a relentless purger because my closet is a normal size, double door affair with one very long shelf on the top.
Earlier this year, I purged sweaters, turtlenecks, twinsets, pieces that were old, worn, never worn much or just not what I was wearing anymore. Since I purchased quite a few new twinsets this winter, the old needed to make way for the new.
This time around I tackled my dresses and skirts. Over the last three years, I've made quite a few (stop laughing...I know that's an understatement!). So some had to go. To be honest this was the hardest purge that I've had to do in some time because ALL of my dresses are made by me (not a purchased one in the bunch)...and they've come to be my babies. But as you must push your children out into the world to make their own way...it was time for these to move aside...journey to new homes...so that new loves could be stored.
Here are some of my dresses that have been retired:
(L-R: print silk sheath dress, blue/white print cotton dress, silk flower wadder,
one of my original TNT dresses from a cotton pique print,
brown eyelet dress & jacket,
reversible dress and red crepe dress from SWAP 2007)
And now two large green garbage bags are waiting to be picked up by the Salvation Army...and I think I'm going to go through my shoe collection and add a few pairs to the pile! Especially since some new (*shoegasm* - thanks Clio for that word!) has been added to the collection.
So do you retire garments? Donate them? Or do you have a closet full of several sizes, and several decades? I know the closet specialists tell you that if you haven't worn something in a year it should be purged. I'm not quite that strict anymore...I mean I have a lot of clothes and sometimes the season gets away from me before I can wear them. But I do subscribe to the if it doesn't make you happy to wear it...if it's too fidgety on...or if you are holding onto it for sentimental reasons, maybe it's time it should go theory.
Tell me...do you retire and/or purge? It's the question of the day, so talk back to me!
...as always, more later!