Thursday, September 18, 2014

outfit of the day(bird): inspired




sweater~ Marshalls
tank~ thrifted
jeans~ Levis
boots~ b. (a resale shop)
necklace~ Etsy, gift from Jim

Lately, I have become frustrated with the sheer amount of STUFF I have. Mostly, I am talking clothes and shoes here. I have talked about this before as this happens to me almost every time the seasons change. I start to go through my closet and pull out the summer stuff and move the fall clothes to the front and I start to realize how much I have and how much of it I rarely wear and I start to think to myself, "Why???" I love clothes and I love to shop but lately I have realized that I need to buy less and focus more on quality and staple pieces. I tend to always reach for the same items when I am getting ready or going out and everything else kind of just hangs there, unworn and sad. Yet, when I try to go in and do a big closet clean out, I always seem to find a reason to keep that old sweater or make some excuse as to why I might need that rarely worn pair of jeans someday. What is up with that? So, when I read Megan's post last week, I was SO inspired (thank you, Megan!) and I knew this was what needed to happen. I started a bit this past weekend and it felt pretty good. I still have a LONG way to go, but I am excited about starting this process and paring down my closet and making it more workable and simple. I want to open my closet and feel harmony and comfort rather than frustration and confusion. It's overwhelming and, like I said, I have just begun, but I will continue to share my progress here. Any advice you have to give is more than welcome!

xoxo, nora bird

21 comments:

  1. Well please don't get rid of this outfit, it looks smashing on you!
    My Granny used to say "Box it up and hide it away for a month, if you don't go dig it out you don't really need it." Works for me.

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  2. I am totally in the same boat. It has been on my list to do for a while and I vow to start the closet clean out this weekend! Is that sweater a recent sweater purchase? I love it and want it (totally negating everything I just said in the beginning!)

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  3. I would so love to do this as well but I've found that in my life when I've purged then I'll go back and look for the piece I've gotten rid of or inevitably end up buying something similar to replace it. I'm beginning to think I'm a bit of a closet hoarder. There are so many pieces that I think of that wore in the past that I would just love to have now.

    I love this outfit. I wore almost the same this week. Those boots are Killah!

    bisous
    Suzanne

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  4. i hear ya--i get the same way seasonally! my makeup land is undergoing a serious clean out!

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  5. have you read gretchen rubin's happiness project? she devotes one whole chapter to the joys of having less stuff - it made me get rid of so, so much! and the bonus? then you actually need to shop :) loovvvving your sweater :)

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  6. i know what you mean! i did my first closet purge almost a year ago ago followed by a house purge and it felt so great. now i only have pieces that i really wear and aim to buy pieces that i really need and can wear for a long time and be mixed well with my other pieces :) btw - i love love your boots and your hair!

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  7. I know what you mean - I'd be interested to hear any advice people have as well. I feel the same way!

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  8. I go through this every year too! I'm doing better on the clothes front but I still feel like we just have a ton of STUFF in general that I want to work on. It's crazy how much smaller your space feels with only adding one tiny human to it!

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  9. Megan is awesome! I don't have any advice as I am THE WORST closet/clothing hoarder in creation. But good for you! I love this sweater! Looks so comfy!

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  10. I love the layers here, this is such acute look! I feel you! I recently purged a bunch of my clothes, then would wind up looking for something that I tossed, think I still had it. Then, I put on a top that I had kept, and ended up giving it away. It is a hard process! Good luck, lady!

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  11. I did a pretty good-sized closet purge a couple months ago. I was just like you and I felt very overwhelmed looking at my closet seeing the amount of clothes, a lot of which I hardly wore, but kept just because. So I went through everything and if I came across a piece that I might wear someday for a certain occasion, I just got rid of it and it felt good! Now I've been trying to get rid of a piece when I bring home something new. I think I could purge it a bit more, but it's a lot better now than it was! Good luck!

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  12. Your sweater looks so cozy. I just clean my closet out last week. Which it felt so good. Sadly I know I can get rid of more stuff. I think I will work on that next year. As I do my no clothes shopping for a year.

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  13. I've been doing the same! I've been getting rid of all the fall/winter stuff that I'm not excited to see when I pull it out of storage and giving it away or consigning it. It's very freeing!

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  14. I rationalize all my clothes, shoes, boots, jackets because of our incredible weather variances. When we can have a 146 degree difference in temps in just a couple of months time and we have rain, snow, sometimes in the form of sleet and all in a day, I think we just have to have bigger closets!!! I do feel the same though, and have not done the closet switch out and will experience the same feelings when I do.

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  15. I'm doing that now! I have decided that now I'm going to spend my money on quality items vs. quantity. I know that with that new motto I'll be shopping less which is a good thing.

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  16. i do a lot less shopping now and i definitely have my favorites that i reach for all the time. but yes, it IS hard to get rid of stuff even though you KNOW another year will go by without touching the stuff! good luck!! love the boots.

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  17. It's a worthy goal, Nora. One I'm working on as well. You look lovely (as always!). T. http://tickledpinkwoman.blogspot.com

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  18. Yess, I feel ya sister. That's exactly why I decided to clean out my closet and do this fall capsule wardrobe thing. I had those exact same thoughts. There was just so much stuff. (And one itty bitty shared closet, gah!) So far I like having a smaller, pared down wardrobe, but I'm sure there will come a time when I miss having more options. Keep us posted!!

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  19. Nora, thanks for the link and love! I am so happy that you feel inspired to tackle your own closet/wardrobe. I have honestly never felt better about my style and closet in my life. It was really hard, but it's so worth it. I will always continue to thrift and love unique items, but I have noticed a complete change in the way I shop and the items I take home. I'm much pickier and I shop with intention now. It's really helped my marriage (silly, I know, but I used to leave the thrift store every weekend with $50+ of... well, shit... and we can't afford that) and my style. It feels so good to look into my closet and LOVE everything. Good luck with your cleanout!!! Keep us posted on how it goes :)

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  20. Nora, I LOve this outfit, it is one of my favorites, the boots are great and the sweater is perfect on you!
    I agree, it is wonderful to own many things, but if our closet is too crammed, then it is not worth it, an organized closet dispels chaos! I shop often, and give away often..works for me.
    XX, Elle
    http://mydailycostume.com/

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  21. I feel the same way! Especially since I wear a uniform, I have all these clothes that go unworn for a long while. My Husband wants them gone, but I don't plan on staying at the hotel forever!
    -Ash
    www.stylizedwannabe.blogspot.com

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