Archives for January 2015

January 2015 “Grab Bag” of Useful Links

I hope you all enjoyed the excellent guest post from Chau Le earlier this week.  I know I found her story inspiring, especially the way she let go of 60% of her wardrobe in just one hour!   I love reading about others’ journeys to break free from closet overload and excessive shopping.   If you’d like to share your story of recovery with your fellow readers (you don’t need to have a blog and you can remain anonymous if you wish), please contact me. Well, we’ve reached the end of the first … [Read more...]

On Paring Down, Project 333, and World Travel

The following is a guest post from Chau Le of Milo Theory, a globetrotter (14+ countries) and avid Krav Maga addict (she's training to become an instructor). Chau lived abroad in Taiwan and Spain during her college years, picking up languages and a love for exotic, foreign foods. She relocated to sunny California after graduating from Portland State University and is currently pursuing a career in Communications and PR.  She loves cookies and considers her move to go to graduate school in … [Read more...]

January 2015 Closet Purge and Inventory

In my last post, I mentioned that I recently did another closet purge.  It wasn’t anything too extreme, but after seeing how few wardrobe “all-stars” I had last year, as well as how many closet “benchwarmers,” I felt compelled to do some downsizing.   So I took a few hours this past weekend to give everything I own a second look (using the “first impression test” that I wrote about here).   Today’s post reveals what I’ve opted to pass on, as well as my new closet inventory. Rethinking My … [Read more...]

2014 By the Numbers: The Wardrobe “Benchwarmers”

On Friday, I shared the good news portion of my 2014 wardrobe review, my closet “all-stars.”  I appreciate all of the excellent feedback I received on that post.  I especially liked learning about the way others track their wardrobes and work to make sure what they have gets worn on a regular basis.   I realize that wearing something five, eight, or even twelve times per year isn’t exactly stellar or earthshattering and that many of you wear your clothes far more often. But, as the saying goes, … [Read more...]

2014 By the Numbers: The Wardrobe “All-Stars”

These year-end wrap-up posts are quite enlightening for me to write and I hope you also enjoy reading them.   If any of you were wondering what prompted me to start my 2015 wardrobe challenge (now called “Love It, Wear It” or LIWI – a big thanks to Kim for the suggestion!), you’ll better understand after reading this post and my next one. I have now been tracking my wardrobe for four years.   Ever since the beginning of 2011, I’ve recorded how often I’ve worn all of the clothing and shoes … [Read more...]

December Accountability Update and 2014 Wrap-Up

It’s time for my final monthly accountability update for 2014.   As long-time readers know, these monthly reports are where I share what came into and left my closet during the previous month, what I wore, and how I did with my shopping budget and rules.  It’s my way of keeping myself honest and on track with my goals.   This update will also include a year-end wrap-up in terms of my budget and item limit.  Other goals – including wardrobe “all-stars” and “benchwarmers” – will be covering in … [Read more...]

Ending Closet Chaos: My New Book and Next Wardrobe Challenge

At the end of my “worst purchases of 2014” post last week, I mentioned that my second book is available.   In today’s post, I share more information about the book, as well as the next wardrobe challenge I’ve opted to take on for 2015. About the Book My second book is titled “End Closet Chaos:  Wardrobe Solutions from an Ex-Shopaholic.”  It contains the best of my wardrobe management tips and strategies from the blog, categorized into logical sections related to various closet conundrums.   … [Read more...]