Everlane foldover leather pouch | made in Spain
Happy Monday!! I mentioned on Friday that I have a new Everlane pouch to giveaway and was going to try and figure out a fun way to do it. Here it is:
I read recently that as a result of her “wardrobe audit” project, Dr Helen Roby, a researcher at the Open University determined that
people vastly underestimated the number of clothes they owned
And overconsumption is “the elephant in the room. We know it’s a problem but we don’t want to do anything about it.”
That sounds accurate. Even after my recent wardrobe paring down and subsequent effort to shop more consciously, I’ve continued to consume, probably more than I need, and now again, I feel like I have “too much.” I’m pretty sure I have many more items in my wardrobe than I *think* I do. For example I think I have about 150 pieces, including EVERYTHING – all items of clothing (not underwear or bras), shoes, bags, etc. I wouldn’t be surprised, however, to find that I have twice that number.
So here’s your challenge, and your giveaway entry, should you choose to accept it: Do a wardrobe audit.
Today, leave a comment and let us know how many items you THINK you have in your wardrobe. Your “wardrobe” includes shoes, exercise clothing, home clothes, shoes, bags, and does NOT INCLUDE jewelry/accessories, and bras/panties/pajamas.
Then, after Thanksgiving (on Monday, November 28) come back with a full count and tell us what the REAL number is. I’ll choose a winner randomly from the final submissions.
No judgement…I am just interested to know first, by how much approximately we underestimate (or overestimate) the numbers of things we own, and also, how many things we actually own. I’m going to do my own audit, and break everything down into colors and types, sizes, etc. and be as detailed as possible. Not in an effort to determine what might be “normal” (there is no such thing…), and compare with other answers, but as a way to collect information. Knowledge is power.
I’d love your participation.
If you’re in, leave a comment today with a rough estimate of how many items you have in your wardrobe.
Later this week, I’ll publish more details on breaking down your wardrobe and the form to fill in to complete the audit and giveaway so you can work on it over the weekend and holiday next week in time to share the results with us on 11/28.
I think this will be fun! I’m looking forward to doing a complete audit of my own wardrobe; it’s been a while. I know I have quite a bit more items now…
Who’s with me??