My wardrobe has been examined over the past week or two. If I didn't love something or it didn't fit, it went into a donation bag. I don't have a capsule or minimalist wardrobe. I am not striving for that either. I just want to have a nice collection of clothes that I love and wear. And I'm finally getting it. I need to be more judicious with my money and the things I allow to take up precious space in my home.
I discovered a lack of capri jeans which is a staple of my summer wardrobe. I scoured the racks at Kohl's and tried on two pair and picked my favorite. This is weird for me since I don't like to try on clothes. But, knew I needed to really like the pair I bought so I wouldn't waste money and space.
This should not be a revelation to me, but it is. And I didn't automatically pick the pair that were the least expensive. I need to get over the need to get the cheapest item in favor of having a few good pieces that I will really wear. My mantra when shopping has been, "Do I need it? Do I have room for it? Do I have something like it at home already? Can we afford it?" These jeans were a definite yes. And that sparked joy.
Today my little guy and I whittled down his wardrobe. Now all his clothes fit nicely in his dresser drawers without a struggle. I went through the small stockpile of next size up clothes in his room too. I noticed that I don't have nearly the amount of saved clothing for him that I used to have. There was room leftover in the bottom drawer. And I'm not itching to fill it up either. I'd rather wait until we have a need and buy good stuff then.
Next up is my stuffed full pajama drawer. There's a monkey sleep shirt that I've had for 8 years that I dearly love. It's holey and threadbare and I got it free from a Freecycle box in the first place. It needs to go to the bin. And then there's a super comfortable pair of cut off sweats that have more holes than fabric that need to go. Somehow I don't think my husband will mourn the tossing of these less than sexy clothes.