Last year, I put together my 2013 wardrobe resolutions, and it was a very helpful exercise for me. I had three resolutions – to further trim down my closet, to continue to track my purchases, and to only add 30 items to my wardrobe in 2013.
This year, my resolutions are more or less the same, with a few updates. Below are my 2013/2014 resolutions – both in review and for the next year!
1. Closet trim down. Twice a year (summer and winter) I do a huge closet clean out. I did this in 2013 and I will definitely be doing so in 2014! It’s such a great feeling to get rid of unwanted items and open up more space. I do always “discover” new items in the process – clothes that I’ve forgotten about that get a second life in my wardrobe. The majority however, go straight to Goodwill. Doing these clean outs always reminds me of how fortunate I am already to have more clothes than I need, and to not just continue to consume, consume, consume endlessly.
It is always my goal at the end of a year to have given away more items then I have added.
2. Tracking. I tracked all my closet purchases in 2013 (see details here), and I fully intend to continue the process in 2014. It has definitely been an annoying process at times, but nothing else has worked better for me in having one place for me to see everything I’ve purchased over a year. In the past, the results were scary – especially seeing items that you thought were ages old and that you had already stopped wearing…and realizing that you had just added them several months ago. What a waste!
In 2013 I didn’t have nearly as many “mistakes” as I did in past years, so to me that shows that the process is working. I’ll be doing the same in 2014 and hopefully will be aware of what I am consuming from a macro perspective.
3. 25 pieces for 2014. My goal in 2013 was to purchase 30 wardrobe items or less, and I am happy to say that I just met that goal, at yes – a flat 30 pieces! I was actually doing very well and feeling smug up until the last few months, when all of a sudden there were a few accessories, outerwear, and cashmere additions…bringing the total to 30.
I still very much enjoy shopping, and fashion, and the 30 pieces rule didn’t limit me at all in 2013. It simply made me more conscious and deliberate about my spending. I’m looking forward to trying to hit 25 items in 2014.
And that’s it – my wardrobe resolutions review for 2013, and updates for 2014! What are your wardrobe resolutions for the coming year?.