For such a dull sounding project, this one was fraught with all sorts of angst and self doubt. Being at home with the kids is a messy job, and I hate to invest in clothing that will inevitably suffer multiple stains and abuse. On the other hand, I don’t want to wear stretched out yoga pants and a t-shirt all the time (I save those for painting clothes!). I love wardrobe makeover shows, but too often they show outfits that are just not practical for working at home (the original British What Not to Wear was the exception–they chose clothing appropriate for how people actually spent their day, rather than artificially dressing them up). On a style scale between “Frumpy” and “Trendy,” I aspire to fall somewhere in the middle on “Classic.” I’m not ashamed to admit that Lands’ End is my favorite clothing retailer, and the phrase “statement jewelry” makes me shudder.
Just before school let out, I swept through the kids’ closets, pulling out all the outgrown clothing and winter wear. It probably took me an hour, total, to complete all three kids’ wardrobes. I flew through the decisions: if it was too small, too stained, or an item the child didn’t like and wouldn’t wear–out it went. Easy.
But when faced with my own overflowing dresser drawers, winter and summer wear jumbled together, I could only look on the pile of clothes with dismay. If I pulled out everything that was too small, too stained, or that I didn’t like, what would be left? But I sorted them anyway.
All the winter clothes went to the top shelf of the closet or the storage box under the bed. I sorted what was left, and did pull out half a dozen items to donate or put in the rag bag. Then I made a stack of “stuff to wear around the house” and “stuff to wear in public,” and put it neatly back into the drawers.
In any case, I’m nowhere near solving my style dilemmas, but at least my dresser drawers are tidy. I’ll keep reading style blogs like Ain’t No Mom Jeans (sometimes too trendy for me, but at least they’re practical!) and try not to succumb to $4 t-shirts at Target that look pilly after two washes.