Wednesday, April 27, 2016

CLOSET CLEANING PT. 1: The Beginning


I have a confession to make. I’ve finally come to terms with a truth that I’ve ignored for years: I am a hoarder. A clothes hoarder. I am that person who outgrows an item after a couple wears, stashes it deep in her closet, and thinks “ok well I’ll wear it eventually.”

Or I tell myself “I will like this again someday.” Sometimes I’m right, but 90% of the time I’m wrong. Trends come and go for me but at the core there are pieces that have outlasted 80% of my past wardrobe. Like say, my black Acne moto jacket (which is now more of a faded black) or my Saint James striped tops that I saved up to buy when I was still in college. Hell, even my white Converse sneakers from college are still around somehow. I’ll write a separate post about this later this week.

I think the thing that exasperated this situation was the fact that my closet isn’t attached to my room, in fact, it’s across the hall from my neighboring roommate’s room. A few years ago I built a really sturdy Ikea rack/shelving system in my room which holds my “main” wardrobe so I started using my closet to store stuff that wasn’t in my usual rotation. My outside closet is pretty big but up until recently it got so messy and crowded that it reached a point where I’d get really bad anxiety if I spent more than 30 seconds in there. I had no reason to really go in there, other than to stuff clothes in there when the rack in my room got too crowded.

It's taken me a while (years) but I finally caved and dedicated a couple weekends to a full closet clean out. Get this, I only cried TWICE! I was finding random clothes in boxes I didn't even know existed. I found clothes I only wore once or twice and got really upset with myself. In the end, I decided to only keep a 1/3 of it, which is a huge deal for someone like me who is the type of person to hold onto receipts for sentimental value. It's been a cathartic but rewarding experience so I wanted to document it with a blog series explaining my closet cleaning process plus next steps for maintaining my wardrobe.

I am also reviving Shop Blushing Ambition. Well, working on it. For now, I've been using Depop to slowly post a bunch of clothes to sell. I've been posting a lot of pieces from older blog posts, don't miss out!

20 comments:

Alice said...

Glad to see you're posting here again! Following along on Instagram has been nice, but I do miss the days of reading what you had to say alongside your outfit posts. As a fellow hoarder, I'm looking forward to seeing how you decluttered your closet and intend to keep it that way (as I pointedly ignore doing the same things myself). Also looking forward to seeing the things you decide to part with...hopefully not too many of them end up in my closet :)

Anonymous said...

Commenting here instead of on your Ask Me on tumblr cause I don't have a tumblr account...but how do you manage to talk about your exes and the guy you're currently seeing without them reading about it online?

SERIOUS QUESTION! You seem to have a pretty established online presence so wondering if this guy just has no idea??

Chanelia said...

Pleased you're back blogging. Your blog was a favourite years ago :)

Annabel Ly said...

My exes suck so I don't really care about them also no one can really find my tumblr unless they try and I doubt any of these guys are actually trying so lol oh well

Annabel Ly said...

Thank you!!

Annabel Ly said...

Trying to get back into it, thanks for bearing with me haha :)

Rashgmaal Bloodman said...

Welcome back! I'm glad to see that you're back and at it again :).

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Karen said...

Hi Annabel, I've been following your blog + other social media accounts since about 2009. I've never commented on anything before! But now I just want to say, congratulations on making all these positive changes in your life, including cleaning out your closet. I remember old blog posts featuring some items that are now in your Depop shop, and I'm glad they'll get a second chance at being loved and seeing sunlight :-) I am happy to see that you're on this journey to de-clutter your life, literally and figuratively. I've been on a similar path myself for the past three years. Cheers to the ongoing journey of growing into your best self!

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