Hello, my name is Jennifer and I am a hippie-chick clothes whore.

There. I said it OUTLOUD.

I go through my closets (I have two) once a year and donate clothes to charity. This year, I’ve chosen to take it a step further— it’s not no longer ONLY about the clothes that do not fit (running pays off), but I’m now determined to make it about getting rid of clothes I don’t wear OR have in multiple.

Here’s a sampling. Keep in mind that there are three loads of laundry currently unaccounted for…

18 pairs of fuctional jeans. Six additional pairs of old button flies that need patched. Now that non-elastic jeans are incredibly difficult to obtain (note: need to hit those thrift stores!!), I didn’t have the heart to get rid of them.  First cut: down to 13 pairs of functional jeans. I’m sure I can weed down to a total of 10 (hoping there are no more than 4 pairs in the washer/dryer! yikes. 12 pairs of “other pants” which are not jeans, cords, or dress pants— capris, water pants, and other trousers. Upside: my favorite pair of capris hot pants fit again after several years.

8 pairs of cords. Three are non-elastic and two pairs are tan but one pair is Rustler from the Village Thrift (now out of business) and I can’t bring myself to get rid of them (yes, they fit again after five years). Five black v-neck long-sleeved stretch shirts. Six additional v-neck stretch shirts in random colours.

34 camis/bra shelf camis. Over half of them are black or navy. The rest are a variety of reds, pinks, and lighter blues. Yes, really. Seriously. 15 bras of which half are black. 43 pairs of undies of which over half are black hipster and the rest are crazy patterned or bright stripes. This is ridculous— some MSUT be ready to go—weeding through camis and underwear tomorrow.

6 pairs of yoga pants. 4 fleece half-zip pullovers. Proud to say they are ALL different colours but this does not include the four full-zip fleece “jackets” I also own. And speaking of Jackets— I have six suede coats. Seriously? Really? Yes. Aside from the short brown one, have ANY of you seen me in any of the other ones? I’ll make an effort to weed down to three. 

10 A-line miniskirts— have any of you seen me in these? (Okay, the one pictured is brand new— picked up when Eins was in town). They are my “uniform” from when I taught school. They all fit and I like the short A-line. Here’s the deal: if you don’t see me in them this winter, feel free to give me grief. I will weed through them in spring. Additionally, 14 pairs of dress pants primarily in black, charcoal, and a few random browns and tans. WTF? Seriously? Yeah, I’ll be weeding through them this week.

I did get rid of 8 turtlenecks (old) and that leaves me with three— one pink cotton ribbed and two small-cable cashmere blends. Love those.

On a random side note: 12 pairs of toe socks. And no, not a SINGLE pair is heading out the door. I simply love them too much.

And with that— I leave you with a cute picture of Siddhartha laying on my queen bed surrounded by a small portion of the clothes to be organized and put away. I think his expression says it all— yes, folks she really does have a lot of clothes, even if you never see her wearing them….

Sweet, patient Siddhartha
Sweet, patient Siddhartha
Okay. I feel a lot better now. The first step to recover and regaining space (and well, Thanksgiving shopping at the outlets with Carrie!) is to acknowledge. Grin. Yeah, yeah. NIGHT.
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