Autumn is officially upon us and once again we New Englanders find ourselves pulling out last year’s sweaters and boots and squeezing them into our closet full of summer clothing, which we are not yet ready to put away. (After all, this dreadful weather is going to calm and Sunday will be beautiful again!)
Crowded closets cause stress
When clothing is stuffed into small spaces, we are apt to complain that we can’t find anything to wear. For some reason we think that mean we don’t have enough, but in most situations, less would be more. Too many options can overwhelm us; it is far easier to choose from five outfits then from twenty.
It takes emotional strength to detach from our clothes and do a Wardrobe Weeding, but when we do, we simplify life. I’ve written other blogs on this in the past, and undoubtedly I will write more in the future as this is something that most women struggle with, but for today, I want to give you some motivational math on the matter.
Most women wear 20% of their clothing 80% of the time
Are there any items in your closet with tags still on them? How often do you buy something and only wear it once or twice? Most women have a lot of closet real estate that is being wasted. Not to mention the money that is wasted.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics says that the average American spent about $1,803 on clothing in 2016, that’s just over $150 per month. Since my experience has shown me that most women would not admit to spending that much on themselves, let’s say that you spend just $100 per month, or $1200 per year (and I won’t ask you about that cute outfit you are wearing, so that you don’t have to say, “this old thing?”)
If you spent $1200 on clothes last year, yet you only wear 20% of those items, then you could have gotten away with spending only $240 and your closet wouldn’t be so cluttered with the other $960 worth of items you seldom wear. (Let’s not add up the years past, we’ve already found nearly a thousand dollars we could have saved, that’s painful enough.)
How you spend money on your clothing is a big indicator of your img.id: C: Seldom shop, but not afraid to purchase expensive, quality items. N: Shop only when it’s practical, I seldom spend much money on myself. D: Love to shop, not afraid to purchase new trends to stay in style. I: Enjoy shopping will spend money to create a great outfit. R: Don’t mind shopping, but it’s hard to spend money, I can’t resist when it comes to shoes, though. G: If I like it, I’ll buy it. I work hard to earn what I want. Click the letter to learn more about that Image Identity, including What2Wear.
No matter which style you are, if you are a women, spending money on yourself is not easy. No one wants to think they wasted the money they spent! So, what can we do differently?
How to prevent buying clothing you won’t wear:
- Have a purchasing plan.
- Never buy on impulse.
- Always complete an outfit.
- Only purchase items in your color palette.
- Stay within your personal Img.ID guidelines.
- Be sure it fits properly.
- Care for it respectfully.
I realize it’s the American way to try to keep up with the Kardashians, but do you really want that stress? If a crowded closet is causing chaos in your mornings, I encourage you to take the time to simplify. Set aside one rainy day like this, and just get started.
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A Confident Closet doesn’t have to be accomplished all at once, but working toward it is very rewarding because not only are you simplifying your life, but you are a woman on a mission who is saving money!
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