After reading Clutterfree with Kids, I realized that the main chapter I found myself thinking about was the one on clothing, and not kids’ clothing, but my own. I don’t actually have that much to begin with. Jonny and I share a small-ish closet, and it isn’t full. I am good about giving things away that don’t fit, or that I haven’t worn in awhile. Although sometimes in hindsight I wish that I had hung on to something that ended up in the giveaway bag. The author mentions paring down to a 33 item wardrobe and sticking with just one color of clothing. Do any of you do that? I have noticed over the years that I tend to regret it when I purchase clothes that are outside of my color comfort zone, but I don’t think I would like to dress in only one color. Instead I came up with five: gray, navy blue, rust, black, and white. Okay, maybe brown too. I like the idea of sticking with colors that I am most comfortable in and apparently those colors are pretty neutral. Anyway, after a major purge after Job’s birth, I found myself with only a couple of shirts that fit. I got tired of wearing those same two things over and over again, and not wanting to spend much money I decided to check out thredUP. It’s an online consignment shop that I have noticed lots of others mentioning over the past few months. I placed my first order a couple of weeks ago and mentioned it on Facebook, describing it as online thrift shopping. I was wrong in that description though. Consignment is different than thrift. The clothing I received looked brand new, and while it was far less expensive than it would have been when originally purchased, it was more expensive than clothes at my local Goodwill. The thing is, I don’t have time to go thrifting, all that searching through rack after rack for a good find while my kids find way too much junk that they don’t need. I do prefer buying used, but I’d rather be able to shop from home, searching for the brands and sizes that I already know work for me. The time saved is certainly worth the extra money. My favorite shirt from my order is cotton voile with little purple flowers on it, so I guess it breaks my color rules! I wonder who it belonged to…anybody recognize it? Ha!
p.s. Thanks to my friend Lori for the photos! (Look at that baby! He’s mini-Jonny!)