Happy Monday!! So, I did my wardrobe audit (more details on the task and giveaway via this link) over the weekend, and I’m going to reveal my complete results next week when I ask for all of yours, but I will tease you and say that I underestimated the size of my wardrobe by about 20 items, and those were mostly “home” only pieces that were tucked away in a drawer.
Here’s what I did: I sat down in my office and created a spreadsheet to record from memory everything I have in my wardrobe right now, NOT including bras/panties/sleepwear, but INCLUDING exercise clothes, HOME clothes and a few pieces that are on their way out, but still hanging in my closet*. I also included shoes & bags, but NOT jewelry. When I was finished, I went upstairs and compared my notes, adding in the things I missed and came up with a final number.
*for your audit, count/don’t count whatever you want, there are no “rules.” Just make sure you’re counting things that are important to you, and that you wear often. I couldn’t leave out exercise clothes or clothes I wear at home because that’s a very large portion of my wardrobe, they’re crucial to my overall sartorial “happiness,” and they take up space. Maybe you have a large “outdoor activities” wardrobe, that you wear items from every weekend. In that case I WOULD count those items, because they’re represent an important part of your LIFE and wardrobe.
I also kept in mind the following questions as I worked:
- Why am I doing this?
- What is my ultimate goal in completing a wardrobe audit?
- What do I have enough of?
- What do I think I still need in my wardrobe?
- What can I get rid of?
Why am I doing this?
Knowledge – and accuracy. I’m curious to know exactly the size of my wardrobe. Not because I want it to be a pre-determined certain size, but because I want to understand it better. I want to know how everything works together, that I have the right mix of things to suit my “moods” and that I have only things that I love and that fit me in my closet.
What is my ultimate goal in completing a wardrobe audit?
To keep an up-to-date list of things I have so I always know what it is in my closet. I was pretty accurate, just recalling most items from memory, but I hate that sometimes I forget what I already have in my wardrobe, especially when I’m looking at adding new things (emotions!!).
I would like to nail down a size, or a “number” I’m comfortable with, based off of what I’ve learned, and try to keep my wardrobe within those limits, give or take a few pieces here and there, consistently.
I’m going to start trying to use the stylebook app, since it seems like the best way to keep a database of everything in my wardrobe, and keep track of how often I wear something.
What do I have enough of?
*will answer later!!
What do I think I still need in my wardrobe?
*will answer later!!
What can I get rid of?
There are a few things I starred in my audit, which marks them “on their way out;” things I haven’t worn in a year, or more, and that I’m almost ready to get rid of, they just need to go through one more season in my closet before I’m ready to part with them completely.
Your turn, without giving all your answers yet (wait for the final post next Monday!!), what do you want to accomplish with this wardrobe audit? What do you think your results will be?