Today, I got out all of my clothes and made a list of everything I own. Now I’m exhausted.
But now I have counts and descriptions of what I’ve got and that’s valuable information. Did I tell you that I work as a data analyst? (It’s about to become obvious.)
First, I got everything out and put it in a huge pile. Chaos.
Then I started sorting things into general categories: tops, bottoms, dresses, shoes, and outerwear. Still massive piles, but a little less chaos.
I had already started making notes about my closet as a whole.
Note 1: I like color and lots of print.
Note 2: Just judging by the relative pile size, I have way more tops than pants or skirts. I love a good pair of jeans, but I’ll have one nice pair of jeans at a time. Then I’ll wear them until they have to be retired.
Note 3: If pieces are neutral, then I go for texture.
Once I sorted everything into general categories, I tackled each one separately and started making detailed lists. For example, my dresses list has categories like “denim”, “black-based print”, “fit & flare”, etc. I wrote down how many were in each theme, then totaled them all up. This is where I got surprised – even though my closet is colorful as a whole, the most common color in each category is black. That surprised me, but it’s fantastic to know. I don’t need to buy another black t-shirt. I have plenty.
The detailed list was the most daunting part of this whole process, but it was also the most revealing. I have a really good idea of what clothes I’ve accumulated since high school now.
I got two major blessings out of this process.
- Blessing 1: Everything is organized and I can shut my dresser drawers now. HURRAH.
- Blessing 2: Gratitude. I have been given the love of clothes and I have clothes to love. There are prints and colors and textures and every single thing shows me where I’ve been and reminds me of my past. Clothes are memories and I have some great ones.
I found this a really helpful exercise – I’d recommend it if you’re not sure what’s lurking in your closet. If you don’t have time to do the whole thing, you could tackle one drawer at a time. It’s archaeology – you’ll rediscover clothes you love and it will give you a fresh perspective on what you have. Let me know if you end up trying it!