#AugustMoon14: In My Closet

Looking in my closet, you could learn some things about me.

  • I suffer from poverty mentality. I worry that there won’t be enough, so I hang on, I collect. I find it hard to let go. I end up with 10 black cotton vneck tshirts in various sizes, different but all exactly the same. If they stop making them for some reason, I’m good. I will never wear them out, never run out. I’m safe.
  • I hate shopping. I just don’t have the time it takes and it produces a lot of anxiety for me, being out in public and not being able to find what I need. This is another reason why when I find a pair of pants that work, fit, look good, feel good, and are functional, I buy multiple pairs in multiple colors. Again, some part of my tiny brain believes this means I will never have to buy pants again, for as long as I live.
  • I feel external pressure to dress a certain way, to follow certain rules about clothes. It’s only because of these kinds of pressures that I don’t just wear a black cotton vneck tshirt every day.
  • I value comfort and function over fashion and style. I like soft fabric, clothes I can move it, something that isn’t fragile or precious. See my comment about the black cotton vneck tshirts.
  • I am loyal, or maybe it’s just boring, but when I find something that works I could wear it forever. Things like my Ibex Shak Merino Wool Full Zip Classic Jacket, Sanita clogs, Chaco flip flops, Birkenstock sandals, Levi jeans, Columbia hiking and yoga pants, Danskin black jersey lounge pants, and of course those black cotton vneck tshirts.
  • I like being organized. I find it comforting. My clothes in my closet are grouped by use (workout clothes, casual clothes, dress clothes), type (shirts, pants, skirts), color, and style (short sleeved goes before long sleeved, solid colors together and patterns together). It lowers my anxiety about getting dressed because I can easily find what I’m looking for.

10 thoughts on “#AugustMoon14: In My Closet

    1. jillsalahub Post author

      I have, heard about it first from Courtney of Be More With Less. I am getting closer, but working with some big, underlying issues first because they seem to be the core confusion that manifests in things like what’s in my closet and how I eat, etc.

      And P.S. I’m still in a place where the thought of having just one black cotton vneck tshirt gives me palpitations.

      1. Rita

        I think that, for me, the project was a way of beginning to work through some of those core issues. Poverty mentality being a big one. It felt both scary and liberating to begin. Two things that made it easier: 1. I didn’t get rid of anything right away. Just put it in bags so I could get everything back. 2. Gave myself permission to bail if I wanted to. I have more than 33 items now, and I swap things more frequently than every 3 months. Not trying to be pushy. I was just amazed at how big a deal clothing really is–because, yeah: a lot of things manifest in how we dress. It took a radical experiment to get me to see it.

      2. jillsalahub Post author

        I was just thinking that I could box or bag things up and try it without getting rid of anything first, that it might make it less terrifying. Thank you for the encouragement!

  1. Monica aka The Creative Beast

    I can certainly resonate with the ‘poverty mentality’ you write about here, and it used to show up in my closet too, until I read these two concepts in a fashion/style book: 1) everyone generally wears 20% of their clothes 80% of the time and 2) “looking into your closet should be like walking into a really GREAT party where everyone you see is someone you like” so now I try to keep only what I like so I feel great no matter what I put on…and I agree with Kat’s words and extend it to ALL of us as fabulous women!
    And thanks to Rita for the link – it looks like a great project =-)

  2. Alane

    i’m the opposite in my poverty mentality– i don’t have enough! just kidding in a way. i got rid of so much when i no longer worked 9-5……. also i got rid of lot b/w moves & grief
    sorry for the late response– i do hang onto emails! 🙂 xo


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