Closet Resolutions

Last week, Roxane wrote about the liberating effect of cleaning out her closet. 

I am proud to say that my closet is quite edited, and quite minimalist. However, her blog post, and my friend Erin’s commitment to look as fabulous as ever during her radiation treatments, made me think. I do have some work do to in terms of my clothes and accessories. I have a few things to purchase, and I own a few things I never wear that I should wear.

Last week, Roxane wrote about the liberating effect of cleaning out her closet.

I am proud to say that my closet is quite edited, and quite minimalist. However, her blog post, and my friend Erin’s commitment to look as fabulous as ever during her radiation treatments, made me think. I do have some work do to in terms of my clothes and accessories. I have a few things to purchase, and I own a few things I never wear that I should wear.

So that you can hold me accountable, here are my closet resolutions for the rest of the year.

Items to purchase:

  • Two pairs of skinny black pants. I own two, but they are 5+ years old and now more grey than black.
  • A full (tulle-ish) skirt. I am not sure I will dare to wear it, but I really want it!
  • Two three-quarter sleeve tops, in black. Nothing is more elegant than three-quarter sleeves.
  • A beautiful belt with a chunky buckle. Believe it or not, I don’t own one.

Items I own I need to wear:

  • My black Hermes cuff. It feels so showy… but it’s too gorgeous not to wear.
  • My long pearl necklace, one of my favorite gifts from Mom.
  • My white button downs. I own two (from Suistudio), and somehow I never quite know what to pair them with. But apparently, these go with anything.
  • My black jeans with holes. Holes…
  • My Chloe boots. They are greenish-gray… not my color. I will have them colored black and will wear them all fall long.

What are your closet resolutions?

Closet detox: how liberating!

One of my sisters, Cyrille, introduced me to the Mari Kondo decluttering method, after she herself had several coaching sessions with @Clarity. Last weekend we detoxed my entire wardrobe.

First step: take all my clothes off their hangers and out of my drawers. The pile was surprisingly huge! Second step: try on every single item in order to sort them out. Here’s what I did not keep.

  • Comfort clothes I used to wear on those gloomy days when I feel tired and ugly. Since they actually make me look the way I feel, I thought I rather not hold on to them.
  • Clothes that make me look like a teenage girl; I can be fun and colorful and still look like a woman
  • Clothes that are not the right size; when I see that one pair of jeans I don’t fit in anymore, it makes me think my body isn’t how it should be.
  • Clothes showing a worn-out fabric
  • Clothes in which my husband did not find me beautiful

One thing I love about my wardrobe is that it’s out in the open rather than hidden inside a closet or dressing room. But this means it’s appearance must be beautiful and spark joy whenever I enter the room. Some of Mari Kondo’s tips helped me transform my wardrobe in a work of art:

  • Organize your clothes by color, starting from darkest, through colors, up to white
  • In your drawers, roll your shirts instead of piling them on top of each other; that way you see each of them much better
  • Only place one item per hanger.

If I was a Mari Kondo purist, I would have accomplished this decluttering exercise alone with my coach, but my husband participated in the process and I loved it. I always ask him how I look when I get dressed. And I think that, all these years, he thought that the only appropriate answer was “absolutely gorgeous”. But you should have seen the number of stuff he made me donate! Apparently, it was a good idea for us to create a space where he felt he was allowed to give his opinion freely. Now that’s done, we can go back to him saying “gorgeous” each time I pop the question.

When I had finished sorting out all of my clothes, I was astonished by how much I was parting with and still my wardrobe was full. I hadn’t realized how quickly you accumulate stuff without even noticing it pilling up. Decluttering was a real breath of fresh air in my bedroom and I now feel so much lighter and happier!

Photo by Guillaume Varone