A couple of people in the No New Clothes for a Year Facebook group posted ‘audits’ of their wardrobes-basically listing the contents of their wardrobes and drawers and writing down what they have.
I keep periodically purging my clothes, so I kind of assumed that I didn’t really have that many clothes.
But I decided that it would be a useful way to start on a No New Clothes for a Year Challenge-work out exactly what I already have.
And then the next step would be to decide if I really love those items, and if I don’t, then donate them to the charity shop, or add them to the ‘awaiting upcycling’ pile, and think about what I can do change/alter/embellish them so that I do love them.
So, in my wardrobe and drawers (and scattered around my bedroom) I have…
- 2 pairs of Jeans (1 pair has holes in both knees and is in desperate need of some TLC)
- 1 black shirt
- 4 dresses
- 2 skirts-one made from a pair of jeans, and one made as part of my Make Me a Wardrobe Challenge (which I am woefully behind on)
- 3/4 length jeans
- tweed jacket that I inherited from my mum
- 3 sweatshirt/fleece type jumpers
- 7 vest tops-I wear these as nightwear, and also as an underlayer when the weather gets cold!
- 7 long sleeved tops
- 3 short sleeved tops
- 1 pair of leggings
- 5 cardigans
- 2 pairs of shorts
- 2 Christmas jumpers (!)-one that I made last year for Save the Children’s Christmas Jumper day, and one that I found in a charity shop
- 2 chunky woolly jumpers
- 2 pairs of slobbing/PJ trousers
- running gear: 2 pairs of leggings, 2 sports bra/tops; 2 short sleeved t-shirts; 2 long sleeved t-shirts
- 2 pairs of knee high boots-one was bought was part of the Great Boot Pursuit during My Make Do and Mend Year, and one pair I bought last year from PoZu, having searched for my perfect pair secondhand for over 2 years!
- 1 pair of ankle boots-again, bought during My Make Do and Mend Year
- 1 pair of lace up shoes
- 1 pair of sandals
- 2 pairs of medium heel smart shoes
- 1 pair of smarter shoes with wedge heels
- 1 pair of ‘black party shoes’
- 1 pair of light green ‘party shoes’
- 1 pair of running trainers
- 2 pairs of knackered shoes that I wear in the garden
And I also have a heap on the floor of clothes I have rooted out that need mending/upcycling/donating:
- a scarf I crocheted that I don’t wear. I want to ‘frog it’ (I think that’s the technical term-it means pull it apart to re-use the yarn!)
- a jumper I bought in a charity shop that I don’t really like. It looks like it’s homemade though, so I want to try and ‘unpick and knit again’. Joanne Scrace of Not So Granny has done a whole chapter on this in the Make Do and Mend-able: Back to Basics e-book, and I’m really keen to have a go!)
- 2 pairs of wide leg trousers that I want to try and make skinny fit (Vicky Myers did a great tutorial for Make Do and Mend-able right here!)
- 1 cardi that I have patched and mended and have now decided is a bit boring
- the first skirt I ever made. I love the fabric, but I just don’t wear it. I’m not sure if it’s too long, or what it is that I don’t like about it, but I am loathe to get rid of it
- a t-shirt that I love, but that is actually falling apart. I want to try and salvage the appliqued decoration from it!
Crikey-when you write it all out, it feels kind of obscene…!
I didn’t think I had many pairs of shoes, but I have loads. And lots of pairs that I hardly ever wear.
How is it possible to have a list like that (7 long sleeved tops! 5 cardis!) and still feel like I have nothing really to wear?
I think it may be because there are some things in there that I don’t really like that much, and so avoid wearing.
I’ve read a few blog posts that recommend ear marking the things you really love. I have to confess that I don’t think I have any clothes I really really love. Maybe I’m just not a clothes person?
I’m going to go through and put all the bits I like (not love!) in a pile, and all the bits I’m not sure about in another pile.
I’m a bit scared of getting rid of all the bits I’m not sure about, as I may end up with very few clothes, but on the other hand, it may be the incentive I need to make them into stuff I to really love (like)?
Anyone else doing a clothes audit?
It seems to be a bit of a ‘marmite’ thing in the Facebook group-some people are quite keen/have already done it, and others have very firmly said ‘No Way!’