I find it interesting that currently I’m interested in getting rid of all the stuff I’ve been acquiring the past couple of decades. The whole bat bug thing this summer really cranked this initiative into overdrive. Each week I’m taking a couple of bags of things to the thrift stores in Lincoln, but still there is so much junk around here.
My closet has been an experiment in progress. When we were going through the whole ‘soak the house in poison’ phase, all our clothes except for a few pairs of pants and shirts were in bags in the basement. As I’ve been going through the bags I’ve been getting rid of stuff I don’t wear or stuff I don’t like. Here’s what’s left – mostly clothes from Target and Kohl’s.
Now, there are still a couple of sweaters in storage and I switch out regular pants to corduroy in the winter, but it makes for an interesting project: Tracking what I wear.
You’ve probably heard that we wear 20% of our clothing 80% of the time. (This was partly true for me in the summer when I was working with 7 shirts. There were two I hardly ever wore.) Well, that’s probably still true, so I made a list of all the stuff that’s in that closet, and I’m going to keep track.
It’s probably not really an unbiased experiment, because even though it’s only been a couple of days, I’ve looked at the list in the morning and have said, “I never wear those gray pants. I should wear them today.” Whatever – no one ever said that data collecting was an exact science or anything.
By the way, I reserve the right to buy two long-sleeved shirts to replace some that may or may not have been cut up.