Just like with last month, I’m getting this accountability update up a little late. I actually considered combining my November and December updates since I don’t have a whole lot to share this month. However, I ultimately opted to write this post now and I will do a big year-end wrap-up (like this one I did last year) in a few weeks.
For those who are new to the blog, these monthly reports are where I share what came into and left my closet and how I did with my shopping budget. Sharing what I bought, what I culled, and how much I spent helps me to stay honest and on track with my wardrobe and shopping. It also contributes toward my being more deliberate, which is my theme for 2015.
What Left My (Main) Closet
I always start these reports with what left my closet during the previous month. However, since I let go of quite a few items last month and have not yet done the “KonMari Process” again, I didn’t let go of anything during November.
What I did do, however, is move a few items from my “working closet” over to my wardrobe “staging area” (which I wrote about in this post). My reason for doing this is that some of my pants and jeans are just too big for me after losing quite a bit of weight in recent months. While I could opt to simply get rid of these pieces, I have decided to save them for a while. I’m not sure what’s going to happen with my weight in the future and it could be a good idea to keep a few pairs of pants in a size up in case I might need them. I will re-visit the issue in a few months to see what’s going on and what I want to do.
Below are the pants and jeans that I have moved to the “staging area” of my closet: two pairs of boot-cut jeans and one pair of trousers that I definitely can’t wear right now.
I may move a few other pairs of pants and jeans to the staging area soon as well, but they could still be “passable” even though they are baggy. I will have to see how I feel when I try to wear them. If I feel at all frumpy (the worst word – and feeling…) or sloppy, out they go! Even if I only have a few pairs of pants that work for me now, that’s okay. I just want to feel good in whatever I am wearing. We usually don’t need nearly as much as we think we do.
What Came Into My Closet and Why
During November, I added two new pairs of jeans to my closet, both in smaller sizes to accommodate my weight loss. Since I returned one pair of jeans for a refund in October and have moved three pairs of pants to my closet staging area, these new jeans have helped to round out my wardrobe. I really don’t have that many pairs of pants compared to a lot of women I know. It’s always a challenge to find pants that fit well and are available in long lengths.
Here are the two pairs of jeans that I added to my closet last month. They are both considered “boot-cut,” but the ones on the right are more like a straight-leg style on me. It really doesn’t matter what things are called – or what size they are; it matters how they fit and flatter our bodies. I feel that both of these jeans look nice on me and they are both comfortable as well.
What I Wore
Since I’m not going to do another LIWI update (see my last one here) until my year-end wrap up post, I will share what I wore during November in today’s post. Here’s a quick snapshot of the clothes and shoes I wore last month:
In all, I wore 30 items of clothing (one is not shown) and 8 pairs of shoes in November. That doesn’t include dedicated workout/lounge wear; I often wear “regular” shirts with lounge pants at home. Eight of the garments and two pairs of shoes shown above were worn multiple times. My November clothing number is quite a bit lower than it usually is (for comparison, I wore 42 garments during October), but my shoe number was pretty standard.
I didn’t get out as much as usual last month because of illness, so I didn’t wear as many “out and about” clothes. Because my life continues to shift to being at home more and more, I plan to devote more attention to my at-home wardrobe next year. It’s good to feel happy and comfortable in what we’re wearing no matter where we are, what we’re doing, and who we’re around. Even if we’re at home in front of a computer and no one sees us, it can still boost our spirits to love what we have on. We are the most important person we need to impress!
In terms of accessories, I wore one scarf and two necklaces during November (I don’t track the other jewelry items I wear) and carried two purses. Here’s a look at those items:
November Budget Report
My clothing budget for 2015 is $2500 (down from $3000 last year). I was originally going to have just an annual budget this year (I maintained monthly budgets during 2013 and 2014), but I decided to switch to quarterly limits after spending too much money during February.
My quarterly budget is $625. However, since I exceeded my third quarter budget by $295.83, my fourth quarter budget was reduced to just $329.17. I was actually very close to having spent my entire budget as of the end of October. Last month, I purchased the two pairs of jeans shown above, as well as some socks that I desperately needed. I spent a total of $157.40 during November on clothing and related expenses. Consequently, I have exceeded my 2015 budget by $73.99 as of November 30. I still have some items that I could potentially return, so it’s still possible that I may come in under budget before the year is over.
I have not bought anything new in December thus far and really don’t plan to, with the exception of a couple of possible Christmas presents which won’t count toward my budget (I may get a new pair of black booties and a black coat as gifts from my husband). So my thought is that I will either come in at slightly over budget or within my budget with little to spare. I will update you on this when I do my year-end wrap up post in a few weeks.
As of July, I have been reporting on the number of items that I’ve added to and purged from my wardrobe during 2015. Here’s a summary for the year as of the end of November:
- Items Added: 87 (67 garments, 5 pairs of shoes, 1 scarf, 13 pieces of jewelry)
- Items Returned: 7 (5 garments, 1 pair of shoes, 1 piece of jewelry – note that if I buy and return something within the same month, it isn’t included in my accountability updates)
- New 2015 Items Purged: 12 (7 tops, 1 cardigan, 1 pair of jeans, 2 skirts, and one bracelet that I lost)
- New 2015 Purchases Remaining: 68 (includes the 2 new items that I added in November)
NOTE: The numbers above do not include the total number of items that I have purged this year, which is much greater than twelve. I will compile that information and share it in a separate post at the end of the year or in early January. The numbers above only pertain to items that I have acquired during 2015.
So that’s it for my November accountability update. Now it’s your turn to chime in:
- How did you do with your shopping and wardrobe during November (and even the first half of December since this update is so late)?
- What successes and/or challenges did you experience?
I invite you to share your wins, setbacks, and any questions you may have for me or others in this community. Some of you have opted to share your accountability updates each month, too, which is great. There is strength in numbers and in declaring our truth on a forum such as this one (many readers also share their accountability in the “End Closet Chaos” closed Facebook group). We’re here to encourage and support each other, so please feel free to ask for help if you need it. I wish you all the best for the remainder of 2015!
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