I was switching and organizing my closet for the season recently, which is no small task. The problem with my closet is simple: Either I have too many clothes or too little closet space. I would argue for the latter; my husband the former. Each season, he has to bring down cartons and garment bags from the attic, which I sort through, give away, consign, or hang and put away as needed. This period is particularly trying because clothes are strewn through the living room, bedroom, and den. Then I pack up the previous seaon's clothes, sort, and up into the attic they go. By this time this is all done, it's almost time to bring them down again (which is why my husband has such vocal opinions on my wardrobe.)
I once had a walk-in closet, but I decided to return it to its status as a guest room, because it had become a walk-in dump. Since then, each season I have discarded more and added less, and I am definitely cutting down on my clothing stash.
I have a fascination with closet storage, and each season I develop a new method of organization, whether by color, style, or whatever. This time around, I decided to group all of my handmade garments into one area and it proved to be an eye-opening decision. First, I never get rid of anything I have made anymore. (I have sold my handmades online and actually tried to buy them back!)
So I have a living history of most of my sewing since I returned to it in 2001, all of it just hanging there in front of me, like a textile album of my life. This is where I learned again how to set a sleeve, tried a hem I discovered in my couture certificate class, made my first trenchcoat. It's a sentimental and revealing journey. When I first returned to making clothing, I was relying on the home sewing skills I had learned from my mother and grandmother as a child and teen. Over the years, I have studied draping, couture techniques, patternmaking, accessories design, fashion illustration, to name a few. And looking at my closet is like a march through my sewing history.
It's comforting really, and I am glad that my journey in wardrobe simplification has brought me to an appreciation of what I have made.
But I still contend that I need more closet space.
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