That’s a Wrap

36/365 ended over the weekend. You can see my wardrobe above. Frankly, it feels a bit like a non-event. I did get a plastic bin of about ten pieces of clothing out of the garage on Saturday, which was sort of fun. But, I’m guessing that I’ll trim my wardrobe back down. All in all, my clothing has faded into the background over the last year. As I’ve lived my life, I haven’t really worried about what I was going to wear or buy. The only source of stress was when my jeans finally had a catastrophic failure in the bum which no longer preserved my modesty. Because I have so many thrift stores close to my house, I was easily able to replace them. I liked having less clothing. Over the last year, my family has gotten rid of even more of our stuff. We now own about 1/3 of what we owned a few years ago. It feels really great. It feels like we have space. I want my clothing to reflect that. I want for all my clothing to go together like it has over the last year. That won’t entail buying anything new. Rather, it will be paring down the clothing that I’m bringing back from garage storage. I’m closing the year with fewer pieces of clothing than I started out with. Mostly, it worked really well. But, even within my pared down wardrobe, there were pieces that didn’t earn their keep.

– My funky sari skirt wound up being a little too funky. I didn’t wear it as much as I though it would.

– My silk maxi skirt is subject to snags. It’s one of the most expensive pieces of my wardrobe, and I don’t know that it was worth it.

– My white Fair Trade organic cotton blouse. Maybe it’s the fit? Again, I just didn’t wear it very much.

All of my t-shirts saw a lot of use. I wore them all every week. I wore my ribbed turtle neck whenever it was clean during the winter. I wore out my jeans and had to replace them. I wore my black leggings every week- both summer and winter. They’re very versatile. I wore my cardigan sweaters weekly all year. I wore my black travel dress every week. I wore it just sleeveless during the warm months and layered with sweaters and leggings in the winter.

At the end of the day, I wound up with 33 pieces of clothing. Over the course of the year, I ruined a pair of khakis that I didn’t replace. I also got rid of a scarf that I didn’t wear and my sari skirt.

My husband asked what’s next. I’m going to pare down the pieces that came back into the house over the weekend. We’ll see. I’m neck-deep in getting our business going. I have neither the time nor the energy for another endeavor. But, this was actually very easy. While I won’t be writing about it, I will be trimming down my clothing, along with addressing other areas in my house that can be further culled. As I cull the items in our household that don’t serve our family, I’m making room for the possibility of what is to come. Making room for soap making. Making room for a family business. Making room for creativity. Making room for serenity and peace.

It’s been a great year. Thanks so much for following the journey!

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