So last night, rather than taking/editing photos, I decided to inventory my wardrobe!
I’ve been complaining for months about my outdated/overworn wardrobe. You know there’s a problem when you look at a closet overflowing with clothes and can’t find anything to wear. Obviously something’s wrong.
Anyway, on the Coletterie blog yesterday, Sarai posted about how, during her closet-cleaning process, she took a full inventory of her wardrobe. And she even included a template wardrobe spreadsheet for free! As soon as I read the post, I knew this would be a fantastic exercise for me, so I downloaded the template, and anxiously waited until the kids were in bed so I could tackle that closet!
I did alter the template to make it more appropriate for my wardrobe. After all, a lawyer generally needs more suits and work-appropriate blouses and slacks than the average person!
I made it through my entire wardrobe last night, and the exercise was … illuminating. I was downright surprised by some of my counts. For instance, when I actually counted, I discovered that I own 7 pairs of black trousers. Had I been going off the top of my head instead of faced with the stark reality, I would have told you I had 2, maybe 3. But 7? Who needs 7 pairs of black trousers?
I also learned that I own 135 knit tops. Granted, that includes all my sweaters, cardigans, t-shirts, etc., but still — 135?!? That’s crazy! And I would wager that I wear a couple dozen of those at most. The rest are either styles that I don’t particularly care for, or have been worn so much that they’re all pilled and nasty.
My biggest wardrobe gap by far (not surprising at all to me), is loungewear and lingerie. I own exactly 0 pairs of actual pajamas. Instead, I sleep in yoga pants and a t-shirt. Sexy.
I haven’t purchased new bras in ages, and a couple of weeks ago I finally threw away my only two light-colored bras because they were so worn … well, it wasn’t good. So now I have only black bras. Certainly not ideal.
I am really glad I went through this exercise, though, because it has really focused my sewing and shopping efforts. That great knit top that I want to make? Better put it on hold unless another knit top (or 2) are going in the Goodwill pile in return.
Lately when I get dressed for work, I’m drawn to woven blouses and I rarely find one I want to wear. My inventory revealed that I own a whopping 6 woven blouses. Compare that to 24 short-sleeved knit tops. Obviously that’s an area to focus on.
So, here’s what this exercise taught me:
- I want to wear more dresses and skirts, so that’s an area to focus on.
- I’m drawn to woven blouses and tanks and I have relatively few. Again, an area for growth.
- I DO NOT need black pants. But I don’t have a single pair of navy, which I would get a lot of use out of.
- I don’t own a single pencil skirt, and I want to. I love pencil skirts.
- My loungewear and lingerie wardrobe is pitiful. I need to learn to make some lingerie and acquire some good patterns (I’m thinking Colette Cinnamon and Nutmeg).
- I need to make myself pajamas. Lots of pajamas.
- My workout clothes are pretty close to where I want them. And Albert is a Lululemon ambassador, so they’re all great quality and will last me forever. No need to buy workout clothes.
- Even though I own 5 pairs of shorts, I don’t actually like any of them. I think these all need to be replaced. Again, probably will require a pattern acquisition. I like Colette Iris.
- I own 12 belts. I don’t remember the last time I wore a belt. I hate belts.
Has anyone else ever taken a closet inventory? Did you find it as illuminating as I did?