- I was always wearing the clothes that were at top of the stack.
- I will do laundry at weekend and then same set of clothes will be again at top of stack.
As a result, I never got a chance to explore my whole wardrobe. Also, because I was repeating my same set of clothes most of the time, urge to buy new clothes was always there.
So, I decided, that I'll not wear a dress again till my wardrobe gets empty. I changed my pattern to adjust to this new approach of dressing:
- I was wearing the dress that was at the top of stack.
- I generally wear dark colored dresses twice before throwing them away for laundry, so that is not considered repeat.
- Once a dress is out for laundry, I kept it in separate cupboard, without ironing. This helped me to curb my temptation of wearing my favorite dress again.
When I started with this on 22nd July 2009, I told myself that this experiment will be over in 2 months. Here are observations of same:
- Initial one month was easy as I was still wearing my recent and most favorite clothes from the top of stack.
- As I moved to wearing clothes that I have not worn in long time, I found out that so many of them don't fit well any more and need alteration.
- There was a time in middle of this experiment, when I was just waiting for this to end and go shopping for new clothes. This was primarily because at that time I was wearing clothes that I don't love any more for using everyday. But they all still had emotional value for me, too tough to throw them out.
- I have many more clothes then my first estimate.
The experiment lasted for close to 4 months (only one week less). I felt bad. I have stuff way more then I need. I didn't feel any more urge to go and buy new ones. After separating out absolute clutter, I love my wardrobe again.
- It saved me whole chunk of money and continue to do so because now every time when I look at a cute dress, I tell myself that I don't need it. I have my wardrobe full.
- It taught me a great deal of self discipline.
A sure success. :)