My closet project has expanded out beyond the scope of the organizing step in the Wardrobe 100 series and now includes a massive overhaul of most things I own, wardrobe included. I’m now attempting to optimize storage space in my 650 sqft 2-bedroom apartment (if it was a one bedroom at that size, I’d be beyond thrilled) while simultaneously paring downing the amount of things I have that are using that space.
I spent a marathon 6 hour cleaning session yesterday just getting rid of floor clutter, sorting through my makeup, and folding my clothes. Not even clearing them out. I have two UHaul boxes full of clothes that need to either be hung in my closet or put in my dresser and two more boxes with items that will be sold or donated. I haven’t actually even started pulling out things from my closet which will hopefully have enough room for those things I actually have to put away. It’s a vicious cycle.
I ended up throwing out a massive pile of things at the end of the night – plastic bags, packaging, year old receipts, half empty bottles of shampoo swiped from hotel rooms, and contact cases I didn’t even know I had. And that’s just the things that were clearly trash, I have so much more to go through. It’s amazing what you accumulate even in 8 months of living in a place and as someone who really, really, really likes to shop, you can imagine the kind of nightmare I’m dealing with.
This process is forcing me to look at my wardrobe in a more holistic way. While I am still focusing on organizing my closet based on style concept, I want to hone in on exactly what is I like to help eliminate the background noise that leaves me with an overflowing closet. I don’t think I can effectively detox and determine my style without addressing the rest of my apartment as well.