My New Closet Part I



I'm going to try and not make this so complicated but it kind of is.  I don't know what has gotten into me lately.  Whether it's age or just general frustration but getting this closet has been the most fantastic thing. I recently wrote about switching over my summer wardrobe to a winter one here.  It did feel good getting things seasonally swapped out but then just as I was finished, a heat wave hit us again and all my clothes were now down in the basement. Talk about frustrating. That's when it hit me, why am I even swapping out my clothing?  I never did this before I started blogging.  I decided then and there that I was finally going to make this closet work smarter and maybe me too ๐Ÿ˜Œ.

I called Closet World and had a consultation with a lovely woman named Silvia who happened to be from France.  She was wonderful because she understood small closets and I gotta tell you she squeezed every inch out of mine.  My budget was set at  $1500 and I went over by $150.  This is a huge splurge for me, huge. But I had saved up the money and got exactly what I wanted.

But all that turned out to be the easy part.  The hard part is going through the clothing again and finally, once and for all trying to get it right.  I took every single item of clothing and every accessory I owned and laid them out and tried them on, one by one, and some things 2 or 3 times.  I came up with a few rules that helped me decide what was staying and what wasn't.

1.  If the item was just too worn out or just had seen its day.  I love vintage clothing much more than new clothing.  But vintage things can have small holes or fading, etc.  You trade that with superior fabric and workmanship tho. So I carefully went through everything and if it was too tattered, it went bye bye. Also, I still need new yoga pants too.

2.  If the item doesn't fit, even in the smallest way it's gotta go.  It's funny how just a little thing like the way a zipper lays or a slight pulling somewhere on the garment will make me pass it up when getting dressed.  I had more things like this in my closet than I realized.

3.  Style. I never thought I'd have a style change in me but I do.  And this I believe is coming with age because I just have to be comfortable, it's a priority now.  No more suffering for fashion.  I cannot even for an hour bear to be in anything too tight or that just feels wrong.  And I want more simplicity.  My lifestyle is so basic and I just don't need a ton of dresses and fancier things.

You may be wondering where Larry's clothes are ๐Ÿ˜.  He now has all his clothes in the armoire that I used to dominate. It's all his now.  And basically it's almost empty bc a clothes horse he is not.

So far I've taken 3 trunk fulls of clothing and accessories to my favorite charity shop here in town.  I've sold things on my eBay and I have quite a few more things I will be listing asap.

I will put together a post on the actual process of getting the closet designed and built and what it looks like now.  Like I said, designing the closet was a piece of cake compared to the ruthless purge.  At the beginning of the process it seemed torturous and by the end it was so freeing.  I feel like a weight has been lifted from my shoulders.

So there is much more coming so stay tuned. x


32 comments

  1. I’ve been eagerly waiting for this post. Can’t wait to see more....and learn more. Maybe I’ll finally be able to weed more out, too. You’re my inspiration!

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  2. Hoorah for you, Janet, and congratulations on getting both the closet and the wardrobe you want. I'm looking forward to the closet reveal.

    Meanwhile, my closet purging and wardrobe refinement seem to be an ongoing project. I've consciously been working on both since 2012. I'm happier than I've ever been with it all. It has, however, become abundantly clear that it's still a moving target. Perhaps it will always be.

    May it be a happy wardrobe week for everyone. Cheers, Ardith

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    1. you are so sweet ardith, yes, happy wardrobes to everyone. x

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  3. It would be great to see how the cost is broken down, as that seems like a huge price for the photo result, honestly. My husband and I have a small house exactly like yours and we redid the closets in both bedrooms for about $40 in pine boards from Home Depot and a bit of paint.

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    1. yes lisa, i will breakdown all the costs. this is just a photo of the frame. there is more to it:) we are doing some finish painting today and i'll be able to move my clothing back in after it dries. i'd love to see your closet makeover too! x

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  4. I sometimes think you're going to get rid of too many clothes to where you have nothing left to wear, Janet. (I'm joking, I'm joking.)

    Something I read so many years ago ... was it by the celebrity Candice Bergen, also making a statement about age and refusing to suffer for fashion; in her case, no more heels and instead switching out everything to flats. I love the way I look & feel in heels (I'm short, so it gives me 'stature' [!!]) but I'm the same; just can't wear them anymore; I did it in the workplace for enough years. Now, I admire from afar ... and drool ... because I still love a great shoe, a greet stiletto, a cool platform, a chic boot. Sigh. You couldn't find a 4" or 5" heel when I coulda really worn them at a certain age! The thing about aging and heels is body balance; not wanting to fall. And of course besides overall comfort, you can reach a point with the bunions et al where it's just impossible. Designer Victoria Beckham keeps swearing off heels (I think I read once that she has various foot probs) but then you see her in them again ... it's hard to let go!

    I have closet envy; can't wait to see the rest of your reveal.

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    1. yes, i think it was candace bergan. i remember being envious of her gucci driving moc collection. she had them in every color. and now all these years later i finally have a pair! lol i can only wear a block heel or a kitten heel. i have to alternate between flats and a small heel bc of my arches. they feel best when i do that. but i've never been able to do stilletos. i try them on for fun and then fall over. lol x

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  5. I know that I can purge more things from my closet too...I have 4 pairs of jeans and wear 2 of them regularly.
    The idea of suffering for fashion is SO NOT ME! I cannot abide anything too tight or too skimpy and now that my midsection is a wee bit wobbly I hate tops that are made out of fabric that is thin or that clings. Look forward to your closet reveal!

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  6. Looking forward to seeing how it turned out ;) I have also used Closet World for a few projects and I think they do great work! xo K

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  7. I find myself simplifying and developing a uniform as I get older. I would love to see what makes the cut in your final wardrobe.

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  8. Good for you! no way could I squeeze 164 dresses in there xxxxx luff your work J x

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  9. The purge would have been very difficult because I know you choose items VERY carefully so letting go would be very trying!
    I have a donation truck coming tomorrow for a big pick up, I went through all of my clothes as you did and I have donated so many things. My style has really changed, I prefer less pattern, nothing too tight, nothing fussy. But it was difficult for me to get rid of those clothes I'm not gonna lie.
    My 22yo daughter took many of my dresses and some of my coats which is so nice. She wears dresses and cardigans and wool coats, she loves all of my old Brora stuff.
    Cannot wait to hear more about your closet! xx

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    1. Dani! Did you let a lot of your Brora go?

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    2. Anna laughing here! Most of it I did but I gave it all to my daughter, she looks adorable in it. She looks like Grace Kelly in all of the cropped cardigans and dresses :)

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  10. The story continues . . . you designed the perfect closet and now it is editing your carefully selected wardrobe!!! I wish my not so well thought-out closet would automatically reject my mistakes.
    Eagerly following the process.

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  11. Well I wish you could throw a bit of ruthless my way, Janet because I have a mountain to climb and to rid myself of. I nearly get to ditch something, often maybe 20yo, then I LOOK at and see it like a new garment again, and I fall in love with it all over again. So I need a bit of ruthless, the bit that stops rekindling the love.
    Looking forward to seeing your wardrobes finished and filled. I long to go to my wardrobes and see the hangers spread out, as in a hotel room, and I'm guessing that's what you're going for, hence the purge. It will be interesting to see how you store things, like the bits and pieces other than just clothing. Can understand your excitement, it's looking good already.
    Hugs, x.

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  12. So exciting! I can't wait to see the finished product. I totally understand the freeing feeling that comes with purging your wardrobe. Simplicity is wonderful!

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  13. Hi, I am new here and I can't tell you how much you have motivated me to purge, purge and purge some more! Can't wait to see the finished product - I bet it will be wonderful! Kate in CT

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  14. Can't wait to see the finished closet! Your clothes are so beautiful and you look so great in them.
    Exciting!

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  15. I burst out laughing over storing away summer clothes then getting hit with a heat wave. I quit packing things away years ago due to that same exact reason! I just shift things to the front of the line according to what the temp. should be. I've been really good about getting rid of clothing I don't wear. The problem here is our temps. are so drastic I have to keep remembering in Jan. come July I'm really going to wish I had that sundress. I'm a total comfort kind of a person. I kind of think I always was. I may have been wearing mini skirts but they had to be comfortable. I think tomorrow I'll go back and look over my clothing again. Can't wait to see your end result! Isn't it amusing how being organized has take priority in our lives? I'd say it's Age but I know many old people that never went through that stage.

    Kathy
    Kcarracher Instagram

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  16. My last wardrobe cleanout was quite possibly the last ever because I asked one key question of every single item (even socks and hankies): 'Would I buy this again right now?' This made it easy to let go of items that I otherwise might have wavered about. I now have a very minimal wardrobe that I absolutely love and I wear/use every single item in it (with no need for swapping out with change of seasons).
    I've also applied this strategy to other areas of my life (house, computer files) with the same success.
    Can't wait to see your new wardrobe.
    Spud

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  17. our weather in this state is literally a yo yo. so it's a must to keep all clothes out.
    one day this week it was 80 and tonight the low will be 29 with the high tomorrow only 40.
    I already love your new closet! and YES. I have been into the comfort is priority mode for years now. c'mon in everybody! the water is fine!!! LOL

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  18. Ok, you're my inspiration. I HAve to clean out my closet. I'm listening to all of your rules so be careful. Loving all this. Thank you for your hard work. Living in Southern California I completely understand how one day is hot like hades and the next you need a scarf around your neck. You never know if you're dressed appropriately until about 2 in the afternoon.

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  19. I am so with you in terms of requiring comfort. That doesn't have to mean sweatpants and sneakers, but, it does mean nothing tight or scratchy. And I'm really looking forward to seeing how you finally laid out your new closet.

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  20. This is exciting! Can't wait to see all the results.
    You gave me a good giggle for the day about insisting on comfort now b/c I have recently been thinking the same thing! Esp. can't stand jeans too tight at the waist - makes my stomach hurt!!
    Hoping to get inspired and make some similar changes for my closet. Kay

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  21. OKAY...................I AM WAITING FOR THE PREVIEW!!!!!!!!!!!!XX

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  22. How you have time to do all of this at this time of the year is beyond me....you are a determined woman! I think you have already accomplished a major New Year's resolution. Ha ha! So excited for you, and equally as excited to see the big reveal!

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  23. Fellow SoCal gal here, so I completely understand the frustration of packing away supposedly out-of-season clothing. Thank you for sharing your new closet and the process that went behind it. I hope that I can splurge one day on a closer transformation.

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  24. Hi I love your blog!! I have the smallest closet in my bedroom and never thought that I could have a custom closet installed but your closet looks about the size of mine. Thanks for showing that and also thanks for your blog.

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  25. My custom closet is the absolute favorite thing I've ever done for myself. I have 4 drawers (one is a jewelry drawer) and 4 separate hanging areas...I broke it up into tops, blazers/jackets, pants/jeans and active wear. Sounds huge but it's not!! and above and below my 4 drawers is my shoe shelves. It IS HEAVEN being so organized! :-). The only advice - be careful of getting rid of too much. I've found I just end up replacing. Now I pack away and mark the box with the date - if I don't use anything in it or visit it - out it goes. I have at times retrieved 4-5 things (that i still have!)

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