Monday, April 6, 2015

I finally swapped out my seasonal clothes and let me just say, I have waaay more clothes than I originally thought!  It was definitely an eye-opening experience and an important exercise to undertake every 6 months.  Not only does it help maintain clutter, but it also allows you to assess your wardrobe inventory.  It's also kind of nice to open up the storage boxes and find clothes that you completely forgot you had!

I spent almost 3 hours inspecting each item for any damage, trying on items for fit, and rigorously interrogating myself on the reasons why it should stay in my wardrobe.  I demanded nothing but brutal honesty in answering whether it was flattering, comfortable, or if I had even touched it last season.  Basically, the question boiled down to whether or not I'd buy it again or if I'm just being sentimental about keeping it.

I ended up with two 13-gallon trash bag-sized piles of clothing for donation.

Looking at my closet now, I realize I need to declare a moratorium on purchasing any more white tops as they make up almost 25% of my shirts.  I was happy to find a gray shirt and a white tank that were on the GYPO Spring Challenge shopping list.

Fortunately, with all these new Huggable Hangers I recently bought, I can pretty much hang up all my tops which makes them more visible than putting them inside drawers.  I got three 40-count value packs for $30 and four 10-count shirt hangers for $9 each for a total of $126 at Target.

So after discovering how many clothes I have, I still went online and bought two different pairs of white jeans (modern skinny and modern straight) from  They were having a cybersale (promo code: CYBER50) of 50% off and free shipping which hardly ever happens!

It's going to be a real challenge, but I plan to really try my best to save up my money and give myself a budget of no more than $200 for this spring challenge.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Happy Easter Sunday!

I've been wanting to switch out my fall/winter wardrobe for my spring/summer wardrobe for over a month now.

Last week I spent two hours replacing all my white plastic hangers that I had accumulated since college for these Huggable Hangers which came highly recommended by fellow GYPO challengers.

What do you think?

BEFORE                                                     AFTER

I don't know if it really made that much of a difference.  In fact, it took longer to hang clothes on the hangers and take them off, but I do love the look of the shiny hooks against the rods.  Looking at the bottom row of pants, I may go with black hangers since the white really sticks out.

So I signed up for the GYPO Spring 2015 Challenge and you should too if you haven't already!  It's not too late to join.  The outfits will be released next Monday.

The GYPO shopping list came out this past Friday and I feel confident in filling the gaps of my spring wardrobe with it, except in order to do so, I need to first assess what I have!

Both of these blogs, Putting Me Together and A Little Bit of Cheer, have great guidelines on how to clean out your closet.

It seems like the only time I can do a closet purge is between the hours of midnight and 2 am.

The GYPO challenges are a great resource for fashion ideas and inspiration.  I learned two really neat and simple wardrobe tricks that make it easy to distinguish between the clothes you wear and the ones you don't.  This would be super useful in a closet purge at the end of a season!  The first method is to hang all your hangers backwards on the closet rod and turn them around once you've worn the item.  The second method is to tie a ribbon on your closet rod and then as you wear your clothes, move the hanger to the other side of the ribbon.  I'm going to try the ribbon method.