Friday, February 11, 2011

Closet Clean Out - Part I

My bedroom is peaceful, tranquil, huge, and airy.


I am surrounded by my favorite pieces of furniture in the whole house and heirlooms galore.

Underneath this calm, cool exterior there are some hidden problems:

My jewelry drawer..


...and my closet.


Getting dressed has been a real chore lately. I'm struggling to find things, and what used to be one of my favorite things in the morning has turned into a another stressful thing for me.



Because I have to dig and dig and dig. If I want shoes I'm sweeping away 1970's floor length evening gowns, turn of the century linen dresses, crawling behind hatboxes. If I want a purse I have to drag a chair into the closet and go to that top shelf. If I am looking for a dress...well...I'm out of luck. Those things are shoved so tightly in there that I'm having to muster all my strength to get one out.


I have three goals for this closet clean out:

1. Safely store my vintage and antique clothing properly and out of the way: I own a few pieces that are either designer pieces, like an original Dior New Look dress, or straight up antique like an 1850's bodice and some turn of the century dresses that are wearable but should still be stored well when not being used. I don't have enough for a clothing museum but since I sew repro clothing, primary sources and originals are important to me!

2. Get my Etsy stock out of the closet so I don't have to think about it or maneuver around it every morning: I briefly debated just taking it all down to a vintage store and consigning it but I decided that I didn't want to do that because I really enjoy the processes of selling on etsy. I love the photography, the promotion, and the thrill of the hunt so it makes sense for me to store it for another three months and put it up when summer vacation rolls around.

3. Purge clothes (yes, even vintage pieces!) that are past their expiration date. I am starting to horde clothes. Do I really need those worn out boots I wore to Paris in 2007? Probably not. 'Nuff said.


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