Friday, March 11, 2011

Project Simplify, Hot Spot #1... After

So I purged my wardrobe tonight. Despite being pregnant & unable to try on clothes to see how they fit/looked, I still made a pretty good dent! In the end, I got rid of:
  • 13 t-shirts
  • 1 long sleeved shirt
  • 3 sweaters
  • 3 blouses
  • 4 pairs of slacks
  • 2 dresses
  • 1 pair of jeans
  • 6 tank tops
  • 2 blazers
  • 2 pairs of shorts
  • 3 pajama pants
  • 7 maternity shirts
  • 2 maternity slacks
  • 1 maternity blouse
  • 1 pair of shoes
Not too shabby if I do say so myself!

Before I get to my middle and after photos for the project, I found a MAJOR perk to cleaning out my closet.  You see, I hope to have nothing but white hangers in my closet. By getting rid of some of my clothes, I'm able to have all white hangers on my side of the closet! I was also able to throw out all the "store" hangers that we were using. HOORAY!!!

My before pictures of the closet are posted here, but without further ado, I present you my closet:

Here's my closet with all the clothes pulled out. I only got rid of one pair of shoes, because in all honesty, when I'm not pregnant, I wear all these shoes throughout the course of a month.

How is it that I find myself saying "I have nothing to wear"?

This is how my closet will look when I'm done being pregnant. I turned all the hangers backwards, so that within the 6-9 months following my delivery, I can see what clothes I really do wear, and which ones I think I wear, but don't! I also realized that I could pretty much pare down to just the bottom half of the closet if I didn't have to work for a living! Drats!

 Upper closet with maternity clothes added in

Lower closet with maternity clothes added in.

This is the "before" shot of my pajama & workout clothes drawer.

After picture: the right side are (top) workout pants, (bottom) workout shirts, middle (top) sleep t-shirts, (bottom) pj pants, left (top) my nursing friendly pajamas, so those will evenutally go the way of the dodo, (bottom) more pj pants. I love comfy pj pants, so cleaning out this drawer was a toughy!

Two bags ready to be donated!


What to do with all these hangers???

Little man figured it out:

Toss them off the bed and create your own fishing game!!! This kept him occupied for a good 20 minutes (and he's two, so that is like three hours for an adult!)

 I have to say, I always feel such a great sense of accomplishment after a project like this! And I learned something... I'm a creature of repetition. I own 6 pairs of jeans, 5 of which are the same brand & cut, just in varying shades of blue. And MOST of my shirts have a fraternal twin (or triplet) hanging in my closet. I guess I find what I like and stick with it!

(sorry about the wonky spacing... I can't get blogspot to cooperate with me!)


  1. Love the pics of "little man"! I actualy LOLed! Congrats on the closet. I LOVE white hangers! That's all that I and my kids have. Hubs takes care of his own laundry and closet so I have no influence. I really should do mine!- Tina

  2. @Tina-- Glad you liked the pics of Little Man... He had such a good time "fishing"! And white hangers just class the place up, you know? :)

  3. Excellent job,your little helper looked like he had fun.
    I still have my bags of hangers to donate.must get on that:0)
    be well,

  4. I have a full closet and often find myself feeling like I have nothing to wear, too. Why is that?
    Congrats on the purge!

  5. I laughed at the white hangers because last time I cleaned my closet I also went all white. It makes things much cleaner looking. I find that I say "I have nothing to wear" more often when I have too much choice. I am much happier with a smaller wardrobe.

  6. @Lightening--my little helper had a BLAST. Feels good to have my closet all clean & I find I'm more mindful of how I take clothes/shoes in and out of it.
    @Shannon-- I think the abundance of choice sometimes makes it harder to choose! Sorta how they say you should only give toddlers 2 choices of items because it is too overwhelming when you give them a bunch of choices!

  7. That’s a lot of clothes! The best thing to do is free your closet from unused garments and damaged apparels. Downsize the number of wardrobe from what you love and what you use and then store them in your closet. For delicate fabrics and vintage apparel, a storage space can be of help. Self-storage units offer the necessary darkness and temperature for preservation.


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