For someone who used to space the hangers (the same, matching hangers, mind you) in her closet, the evidence provided above is basically a scene out of a horror movie. What's worse is that this is my side of the room, so I can't even blame it on my roommate. (sorry Katie ;) Ever since reading Nina Garcia's Little Black Book of Style, where I first heard the idea of closet editing, the concept has been somewhat of a mystery to me. I mean, I understand getting rid of clothes that don't fit and replacing them with ones that do, but the whole "shop your closet" lesson is a really hard one to learn simply by reading from a book, and so that is why I've decided to walk through the process with you, if you'll join me!
Each fall and spring I usually do a re-assessment of my wardrobe: try on all the questionable items that might not fit or might be a little too "last year" and then make a want/need list and then go from there. Unfortunately, I usually don't get too far. I second guess myself, I'm afraid to spend money, and I end up wasting cash on pieces I wear once then toss into the "last year" pile next year.
This spring I vow to take a different approach. Today is step one: assessment of the situation at hand.
This step involves a simple list of observations to keep in mind throughout the whole process. First, I realize that I am at a new stage in my life here in college. My wardrobe needs are a lot different than in high school, (note the pink shower shoes above) and I need to keep in mind that I wear mostly comfortable clothes most of the time. (So... now is not the time to invest in those Manolos.) Next, I know that I am on a college student's budget. Yeah, I have money saved from waitressing, and yep, it is a very limited supply, so even cheaper investment pieces will have to wait. And really a lot of other things too. Finally, I accept that it is possible to revamp my dorm room wardrobe, and that with a lot of effort and a lot of patience, I will get everything to fit back in that wardrobe! (Which will be something to write home about, in itself.)