Superfabulous BlogHer blogger Susan Wagner has set herself a daunting task for 2009. She divulged the details just after Christmas:
Over the next few days, I’m going to clean out my closet. And then, starting January 1, I’m swearing off shopping until I have worn every single thing I currently own.
Want to join me?
The rules are simple: there’s NO shopping until you have worn EVERY seasonally appropriate piece you own. Move your summer clothes to the back, or to the guest room; put any black tie attire in storage (unless you’re planning to go to a black tie function in the forseeable future). Make sure everything that is left — work clothes and weekend clothes and after-five clothes — fits you properly and is in good condition. Give yourself a week to take care of anything that needs to be mended or cleaned; if you can’t manage to get it to the cleaners or the tailor in that window, really think about how functional that piece is.
When you’re done going through your closet, put everything away. To help you keep track of what you’ve worn, turn all the hangers around, so that the open part of the hook is facing out; fold sweaters and put them on the shelf with the neck facing out. After you wear something, turn it around and put it back the normal way.
Alternatively, work your way from the front of your closet to the back; as you wear things, move them to the back of the closet and go on to the next piece. Or, if you prefer, keep a list. The system doesn’t matter, as long as you’re wearing EVERYTHING.
Now, y’all know I’m mid-shopping-ban myself … but I will admit to being deeply daunted by the concept driving this alternate challenge. First off – although I do my utmost to utilize what I already own every single day, and do so as creatively as possible – I have favorites. And I just KNOW that a ban structured in this way would make me feel guilty and anxious any time I put a repeat back into rotation. I would also find it hard to endure a ban whose end depended solely on my own choices and actions; It’s SO much easier for me to set my own concrete, discrete goals that have time- and dollar-amount limits attached. Letting it go all free-form and remain contingent on outfit-related creativity and efficiency would be difficult for me because of how I’m wired.
But I really do think it’s a fantastic idea. I mean, what better way to appreciate the abundance of your own wardrobe? Learn to pair items creatively? Discover new favorites and weed out useless duds? It’s methodical, environmentally sound, challenging and creative. It’s downright brilliant. I just don’t think I’m up to it.
Could YOU undertake the Wear Everything Challenge?
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