At the beginning of January I turned all of the coathangers in my wardrobe around. The idea behind this is that once an item has been worn you replace the hanger in the correct manner. This provides an easy way to identify those items which have not been worn.
Since the past month has been recorded as the hottest ever start to the year in Australia, it is no surprise to find that jackets, cardigans, jeans and trousers were not worn in January. Of the seasonally appropriate items, there are a couple of tops and 3 skirts which have not yet been worn. I am sure their time will come.
The other thing I decided to do was not to buy any new clothes in January. This was not entirely successful depending on your definition of ‘new’. I bought 3 items that are new to me during the month. We have a local recycle boutique which I check out from time to time. I am fairly selective and only choose pieces that are absolutely perfect for me and I could not go past these.
Patterned cropped jeans
Sleeveless cowl neck top
Long sleeve white linen shirt
Although none of them had tags attached, I am pretty sure that they are all unworn.
Finally, I moved three items out of my wardrobe. The first was a pair of jeans I bought in 2012. They have had a lot of wear and are getting pretty thin as well as somewhat faded and stained. They are are now in the pile of clothes to be worn around the house and when gardening. Similarly a sleeveless tshirt top has seen better days so met the same fate. A pair of white shorts went in the bin as the elastane had all given way and they were not in a fit state to be used or donated.
All of this wardrobe activity takes place on a background of the knowledge that my clothes needs will evolve with my upcoming retirement in a few months along with plenty of travelling planned.
As always, I will only be making carefully considered purchases.
I will continue to monitor and report on my progress during the year.