Last week I read a post by my blogger friend Sarah Eliza from Devastate Boredom about a minimalist wardrobe. Her post reminded me that as a kid, I dreamed of having a dressing room. Clothing racks along two walls and shelves for shoes and bags along the others. I thought that this is what Caroline of Monaco (one of my style icons back then) would have. 😉
When we moved to Alaska, we rented a house that had a small, toilet-stall size walk-in closet. There was a clothes rack on the back wall, a shelf for sweaters and co on the side wall, hangers for hats on the other, and a full-size mirror on the inside of the door.
It seemed huge to me. Half a year later, I run out of space as I had not yet figured out how to dress in Alaska. You can’t possibly have a full wardrobe for all temperatures between less than -50F (-45.6oC) and more than 85F (29.4oC)! Tweet this.
Over time I learned to create insulation by layering. When we moved from Goldstream to College, I was not so much excited about the walk-in closet at the new place. It was three times the size of the one at the old place! A nightmare!
I remembered the wisdom of a former student of mine. She had said
“Nicole, what you haven’t worn in a season, you will not wear again. Toss it, sell it or give it to charity! Whatever, get rid of it!”
Thanks goodness, ballroom dance dresses take a lot of space. I had them move into the closet instead of storing them in rubber-maid boxes in the garage or crawl-space. I also moved my shoes in. I was afraid of accumulating a wardrobe where you have nothing to wear because you lost track of what you have.
I “re-organize” my closet twice a year – prior to the warm and cold seasons to keep my walk-in closet an edited working wardrobe and not a storage room of what I wore once upon a time. For a how to organize a wardrobe see the post series at the link. In a wardrobe, one of the worst things is an item that takes up real estate for years without seeing the light.
What is your wardrobe nightmare? Are you more the accumulator/collector type or the editor? How old is the oldest item in your closet and do you remember when you wore it the last time? Send me an email.
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