Yesterday I started my own version of Lisa's "DH closet challenge", by moving all of my clothes into my own personal thrift store (in my basement), and keeping about a week worth of clothes in my closet.
I was excited last night going to bed because my closet was so clean, and because I could imagine all sorts of ways to remix the few pieces that I chose to allow in my closet.
But this morning when I woke up, it was 30 degrees cooler than yesterday when I chose those clothes. (Our windows are all open, so I felt those 30 degrees distinctly). I had chosen clothes for high summer - nothing warmer than a cotton shirt and shorts. My first thought was "oh, no problem - I'll just run down and grab my white boyfriend jeans".
So by the time I was out of bed this morning, I had already encountered two problems with my thrift store in the basement approach.
- Variance in weather
- Accessibility of further options.
I decided that if indeed this was going to be a successful experiment, I was going to have to WEAR what was in my closet, and figure out a way to make it work. It's not like it was frigid - just more pants than shorts weather for me.
After mentally arguing with myself over a trip downstairs for a few minutes, I decided to wear the warmest shirt I brought up with a tank layered underneath, and shorts.
And it worked - I was warm enough! (In fact I removed the undershirt once it warmed up).
The whole process made me realize that for this to work I have to view the thrift store NOT as just an extension to my closet. It's not just an out-of-the-way storage spot. I also should have planned for a variety of weather when I brought up my favorites, I know. I thought I was by including something with sleeves :)
Finally, I also realized that for me, the main thrill of shopping at a thrift store is that I don't know what I'll find - maybe nothing, maybe a true treasure. My thrift store in the basement won't have this benefit - or at least, it doesn't now. I just did inventory - I KNOW what's down there. This morning, I was thinking of it as an extension of my closet - "I should go grab my white boyfriend jeans", not "I wonder if I can find a pair of boyfriend jeans or at least something warmer down at the thrift store..." That will most likely make shopping my thrift store much less thrilling than shopping for real - at least until I forget what I have down there....
I guess that's at least part of what this challenge is about - living without the thrill of the find until my closet is a workable size. I hope that the thrill of making new combinations of what I already have and love will replace it :)
Anyway, I'm pleased with the combination from today - a chambray Henley (with yellowish buttons, that I think I'll replace to white), and white shorts. Black birks and belt.
Comments and suggestions always welcome :)
(apologies for the weird expression on my face - we were running out the door, and I must have been talking to my kids behind me)
PS My shirt is only semi-tucked, and hanging weird in the pic. It actually fits me fine, I think, and the back is untucked. I should probably just take another pic.