Homemaking

Wardrobe Challenge

January 3, 2014

Hello friends! I hope you all had wonderful Christmas and New Year celebrations. Our family did! We didn’t travel or do anything huge for the holidays, but it was great to worship the Lord as a family and reflect upon His faithfulness, play games, talk, read out loud, watch movies, take walks outside, and enjoy good food and each other’s company. Family is such a gift!

I have been enjoying this month-long break thoroughly. It is nice not having to worry about deadlines, papers and assignments due, upcoming tests, etc. Daily activities include getting back into the Spanish groove (woowoo!), photography, quilting, lots of cooking & baking, catching up on projects, time with my brothers, reading good books, getting trained in my new job as a server, time with friends, and……organizing my closet, hence the name of this post!

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So several weeks ago Mom invited us to join her on a month-long challenge to clean out our rooms and organize them, eliminating clutter and junk. She put a large box in the hallway and beginning on the first day in January, we put in it one item to be thrown out, donated, or sold. On January 2nd, we eliminated two items. Today (January 3rd) we gave away three items. We plan to do this all the way to January 31st or until our rooms are clutter free. It has been great so far! Simplifying always feels good.

I started preparing for this challenge 3 weeks ago by “re-discovering” my wardrobe of clothing and shoes. Now I tend to get stuck in a rut and just wear the same few tops or skirts over and over again, so I was well overdue for an organizing spree. I went through each blouse, skirt, T-shirt, and pair of pants, trying them on and combining them into new outfits. There were some tops that I had avoided wearing for a l-o-n-g time for one reason or another, so decided to put them in the donations pile. There were also shirts hidden away that I had forgotten about. By the end of my organization, it felt like I had a completely new wardrobe simply by pairing my clothing into fresh outfits!

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When I was younger, I didn’t care much about dressing in a classy or tasteful way. If it was modest and the colors didn’t clash too badly, I was happy! :) But this past year I’ve had so much fun trying a few new accessories, such as scarves, jewelry, boots, and hats. Thrift shops are the perfect place to go shopping for accessories, as many are only lightly used and much cheaper. I’ve also learned that just a few will go a long way. Simplicity is key, my friends! Accessories don’t have to be complicated. It’s amazing how much variety a couple of good scarves or a hat will give you.

I also did the same de-clutter with my makeup and hair tools. I cleaned out almost everything that I don’t use on either a daily or weekly basis. They only added unnecessary clutter and I haven’t missed a thing!

So now, with all that said, I’d like to encourage you ladies to do the same thing! :) Unless you’re a SUPER organized person, I think we can all use a wardrobe re-discovery from time to time. I know I can. Find your style and embrace it! If you need some inspiration, try looking up some blogs on modest fashion. Here are three that I enjoy:

Fresh Modesty

Natasha Atkerson

Bramblewood Fashion

That’s all for now, folks! Thanks for stopping by. I’m planning to post a review on some clothing products that I really like, so be watching for it! :)

2 Comments

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    Amanda Richter

    January 4, 2014

    Hi Brooke! Thanks so much for this post! I just finished my room today! I went through every box, drawer and basket!
    I also went through my make-up collection the other day…:)

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      Brooke Noble

      January 5, 2014

      Oh, that’s great, girlie! :) Doesn’t it just feel amazing to get everything organized?! Miss you and I hope you guys are doing well.

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