Hey! It's April, and you know what that means...time to clean out my closet!
But before I forget, you must check out the VIDEO shot by L, schtarring me and the fabulous Melanie (aka Miz Baggs) at Bag and a Beret. Hollywood, here I come!
I took Friday off work, both for this purpose and as a mental health day. I really needed some personal downtime with just me, my clothes, some music and several cups of tea, and Vizzini, although he was not as "helpful" as he was in the fall/winter swap-out (here, end of September 2016, lots of closet pictures).
This is my "before" picture. I had this closet custom built-out about 10 years ago, as a reward to myself after I achieved a 50 pound weight loss. It's also incentive to me to maintain my weight, since I love beautiful clothes and want to stay fitting in the ones I have.
First step is to remove all the shoes. These are the ones I decided to keep out for spring/summer.
Then I hauled out my binned and bagged clothes from inside the closet (the way it's built allows a lot of floor storage).
Shoe shelves getting a good cleaning. I use Murphy's Oil Soap spray on all the wood surfaces.
Then I start going through all of the clothes and pulling out the items that hit one or more of the following categories:
- Thick fabrics (wool, velvet, knits)
- Short dresses and skirts (that I only wear with tights)
Of course, whatever else strikes my fancy. Sometimes I just want to rest from an item, or I'm on the verge of getting rid of it, but will decide next season. September 30th is the next swap-out, mark your calendars!
My sweaters, blouses, long skirts and pants.
The pile of hangers starts to grow.
The shoes so far.
More of the winter boots and shoes.
My closet uses every inch of space. Way up high on the right and the left, I have shelves for my vintage and "forever" things. This shelf is my vintage hats, and two pairs of very old vintage shoes.
And on the other side, my vintage fur muff, some steampunk things, and velvet storage boxes with sentimental items (Dad's sweaters, some small purses and hats, wedding stuff).
To the top left, closer to the door, is a series of shelves where I store my "going out" and party accessories. This is the top shelf, up against the ceiling.
The shelf below that also has two shoeboxes.
When every shelf and hanger has been gone through, and all my fall/winter clothes have been removed, I'm ready to unpack the spring/summer stuff. Look at all those hangers!
I store three flat Glad bins under our bed, so those are next.
Long skirts, trousers and jackets next.
Dresses! I want to wear everything here right away!
Now it's time to put all the fall/winter clothes away. I reassess the closet as well, pulling out a few things that I've decided to store after all. For example, the lavender wooly skirt, seen here last week, was nearly kept out, until I realized I have its summer counterpart in a lighter-weight fabric. The Mackage cream leather skirt below was a last-minute pull as well.
Below is what's left after the big plastic bin has been filled with the skirts and pants. What am I going to do with all this?
Here's all of the fall/winter clothes that I've managed to cram into the three flat bins. Into storage you go! They fit nicely under the bed, and also keep Vizzini from lurking too far under it. He's a dangerous kitty - we always need to be able to find him!
And so is this...
I save all the shoe bags that come with my Fluevogs and other brands, and I fit anywhere from one to four pairs into the bags, depending on the size.
I also use large bags for that stack of clothes above. These are also piled under my clothes.
I also go through all my belts (the three round velvet hat-boxes). Ones that are darker and heavier get put away for the season.
This is what I culled. Into the donation piles with you!
A couple of years ago, when I unpacked my closet, I used a trick to make sure I evenly rotated through my clothes and everything got worn: I hang everything up backwards, with the hangers facing towards me. As I wear my skirts, pants, dresses, blouses and jackets, when I hang them back up, I put the hanger facing away from me.
It encourages me to really look at my items and think about wearing each one. If I don't want to wear it, chances are, it's for one of these reasons:
- Bored/not inspired by it
- Have fallen out of love with it
- Doesn't fit right/is uncomfortable
- Party/special occasion piece
My pewter metallic leather skirt did not get worn.
Vintage cotton print skirt.
Smoking Lily cape/skirt, wool with satin lining.
Peach feathered cocktail dress?
Joyce's pink 70s dress.
This super-sexy 80s glass beaded wiggle dress is awesome.
This is a great dress to wear near Hallowe'en - I missed wearing it this year.
This burgundy vintage dress overwhelms my frame and I don't enjoy wearing it any more.
I adore this dark green satin dress.
A beautiful blue and emerald green (the lining) strapless dress.
here) and make it a daytime fun dress.
This is a gorgeous dress.
Another beauty of a dress.
This dress is insanely flattering.
I will never get rid of this dress.
This is quite an insane dress.
My Valentino suit jacket didn't get worn. I did wear the skirt from this suit, though (which is now packed away).
|It's looking at me...|
An amazing party skirt.
And here we go, closet all unpacked, and ready to go for spring and summer!
Shoes on the right. The heels are from higher to lower as you look from ceiling to floor. Walking shoes on the bottom three shelves and on the floor.
On the left, we have the dresses at the far end.
Blouses and longer skirts and trousers at the front.
|I see myself in the mirror.|
I first did a seasonal jewelry swap last fall, and really enjoyed having a smaller, more curated selection for the season. It has also helped me clear out some of my pieces.
My Gram S's jewelry box is where I keep my vintage pieces. Here we are, ready for some bright and sunny spring/summer outfits!
I have a large multi-drawer jewelry box for my everyday pieces.
This is the jewelry box with all the drawers put back in down the front, a lovely Bombay Company piece (a gift from L many years ago).
I keep my large gold hoops and a few other odd earrings in the mirrored top. My necklaces go on hooks on either side (I can't close the doors on the sides - I always leave them open). Arrayed in front are my dish of earrings, a few small storage boxes for vintage things and pendants, a silk bag of chunky pieces, and a litter of bangles and leather cuffs.
And there we go - I'm done! I started around 10am and finished at 3:30pm, with breaks for lunch and checking email.
Where was Vizzini during all of this action?
|"Staying warm and snuggly, I'll have you know, Woman."|
Ah, a nap would have been lovely - cleaning out my closet and swapping all those clothes is a lot of physical exertion - but no time! I've got an event to go to!
I organized my office's "Women of" dinner/drinks night, and even though I took the day off, I couldn't miss it! I was looking forward to hanging out with some of the fabulous women I work with.Visible Monday" over at Patti's Not Dead Yet Style. Go, go, go!
- Dress - Comrags, thrifted; first worn here (4th outfit) for the Sing-Along "Sound of Music" in December 2016
- Shoes - Ecco, vintage store; purchased here for $25.00 in March on our trip to Vancouver
- Jacket (below) - Lord & Taylor, thrifted; last seen here in September 2016 over a mullet outfit
|"This how silly your poses look."|
Get used to this jacket - I will be wearing it a lot this season!
I've had it for a year, and wore it most of spring/summer 2016 as my outerwear. Great sun coverage (important for my ink), and it's light enough even on a hot day.
I wanted to wear these shoes right away. I am happy to report that they were fantastic. I walked to town and back in them, for a stretch of about 4 hours.
- Bracelet/square earring - Fossil, gift from L
- Dangly earring - Fossil, thrifted
- Death Star ring - Soul Flower
- Shield ring - Nine West
- Bracelet - gift
I was home early following our event, with plenty of time for L and I to hang out, listen to music and play boardgames.
Saturday morning, Elaine met up with us at Floyd's for brunch, followed by grocery shopping, and then a little wander around town together. She recently got back from New York (she went to this concert - wow, Patti Smith and Iggy Pop!) and we wanted to hear all about it.
- Blouse - Le Chateau, thrifted; last seen here in May 2016 with mint green and "Star Wars" shoes
- Skirt - Bedo, thrifted; last worn here (4th outfit) in June 2016 for brunch with my Aussie relatives
- Shoes - Miista, thrifted; last (not) seen here in March to see Elton John
- Coat (below) - Danier Leather
Ready for an afternoon of fun! No gloves, as I like to carry as little as possible when I'm shopping.
I wore these to walk to town. I caught the bus home 6.5 hours later, as I was starting to get tired. So much walking and activity in two days!
Non-snaggy earrings for trying thing on.
- Earrings - Plum
Elaine and I stopped in first at the St. Vincent de Paul. I found these purple velvet stretchy jeans.
I found a fabulously floppy hat for summer!
Elaine had some shoes on hold at Footloose, so we poked around in their sale section. These had to com home with me!
These are by Wonders, and are made in Spain.
here, from March 2016 (linking 'cause I love!).
From there, Elaine and I split up. She headed home and I wandered over to the WIN Warehouse Store. I tried on a ton of stuff (as always), and came home with three good pieces.
I really liked the interesting construction of this dress. The speckly-looking pattern is lace leopard, with the sleeves being sheer. It's also featured on the puckered sides on the hemline.
It's by Boo Radley of Australia and was $26.95.
I go through white and cream blouses at a rapid rate, so I'm always looking for new ones.
It's by H&M.
I am a sucker for a shiny shirt. Add ruffles and it's going in my cart!
It's by Jones New York, and was only $14.95.
Look who else is happy.
|"A nap in the sun. This is the life."|
I agree! I'm off for a nap, and to enjoy the rest of my day with L.