Monday, January 3, 2011

The Closet Fast


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I always hear talk about fasting to cleanse your body. Well, I need to cleanse my spirit. Looking to do something positive and simplify my life (see here), I am going on a closet fast. This fast is not limited to clothing and includes all material indulgences. I want to focus on what I have and donate what I don't need. I am setting a goal of four months, and will check in here weekly. It won't be easy, especially in the beginning, but here is how I will stay focused.

Step 1: Organize my closet
Step 2: Donate items to charity
Step 3: Shop my closet and rediscover new pieces
Step 4: Borrow key pieces for special events
Step 5: Live vicariously through my fashion blogger friends

26 comments:

  1. That is exactly what I need to do. My closet has committed one of the seven deadly sins, that is Gluttony. Good luck with this four month long journey!

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  2. Thats a great idea and something I really need to do!

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  3. I love Step 5. haha that's what I do...pretend I have style, since all my blogger friends do!

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  4. Sounds like a plan to me!!! Am interested to follow your journey :)

    I love the photo on the top right of your blog, the "vintage pretties" one, is it someone in your family?

    Happy New Year!! xx

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  5. great idea! can't wait to see how it pans out.

    xx

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  6. I love the idea of cleaning your spirit. I think I will too :).

    <3, New Follower

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  7. Oh wow, I don't think I could ever successfully complete a closet fast. Best of luck!

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  8. Yes, I need to work on this too! I've been trying to shop my closet for a while, but I also need to donate items so I can see what's in it! Thanks for the inspiration, Marcie! Happy New Year!

    xo
    Valerie

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  9. i really need to sort my wardrobe out too!! shouldnt have been so lazy while on xmas break! :) x

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  10. I need a good purge. Sometimes I hold on to things that I will NEVER use/wear again and I keep wondering why?

    Organizing your closet will make your whole life feel more structured, I swear! I do it about 3-4x a year!

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  11. I must start following a similar set of steps, Marcie -- it's getting pretty out of control over here!
    xo Josie
    http://winksmilestyle.blogspot.com

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  12. Oh that's such a fantastic idea!!!! I would LOVE to do something like that...one day! LOL It would be so hard! Good luck girl and keep us posted!!!

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  13. Dear Marcie, you'll feel so much better when you've done it. I've been slowly doing mine over the past few months! I know it sounds a long time but there were years of stuff in there. On the plus side I've found tons of things that were hidden that I've missed wearing... and a fair bit I barely remembered buying. I intend to be even thriftier about clothes in 2011, even though I buy most of mine from Ebay for a steal already.

    Wishing you a very happy 2011 xx

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  14. I embarked on this process last month...It felt SO good to purge! Good luck!

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  15. Dear Marcie, I never know if anyone reads follow up comments. The Camomile Lawn is wonderful, apparently it's online on 4OD if you get that there?

    I am still finishing my wardrobe... no before photos but I have sorted it into sections and photographed it. I have loads more to do.

    First part here - click at the bottom for next part

    http://fashionsmostwanted.blogspot.com/2010/09/show-you-my-wardrobe-part-one.html

    xx

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  16. You know, I haven't made any New Years Resoultions just yet - but I'll follow you on this one! Closet fast-it-is!

    Happy New Year!

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  17. This is awesome, Marcie. I have a very similar post planned for tomorrow so I don't want you to think I copied. We are totally on the same wave length...for the past few months in particular I have been really bothered by how much is in my closet. I don't like all the "stuff" and things are changing around here!!

    Thanks so much for posting this. It's great to have someone else in the boat!

    xo,
    Carrie

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  18. I really, really need to do all of that in my very stuffed closet, too.
    I love the Vintage Pretty picture. So Pretty!!!

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  19. Hi Marcie - thank you so much for your kind comments over on my blog. I really appreciate you taking the time to read along and for leaving your thoughts. (And in answer to your question, no I wasn't an attorney, but a paralegal. I contemplated going back to school for a Law Degree but realized - quickstyle - that it was not for me. I'm so glad this move to Maui came up when it did. I couldn't be happier with my decision!). Now I am intrigued by your similar career change...did you write about this much in your blog? I'm going to have to read through your archives!

    As for this post, I was reading along and nodding my head. I think you've eloquently stated what so many of us already feel. It's terrible to realize how much of these unnecessary wants are a result of the media (or if you're like me and tend to read a lot of that celebrity/tabloid garbage). While I think it's totally ok to indulge every now and then or to reward yourself for say, reaching a goal, it is so easy to get caught up in the latest and greatest. Sometimes, it takes reading a post like yours to gently remind us that material things are just possessions and not at all what really counts. I think this time of year (January/the new year) it is natural for us to want to pare down and simplify, but the actual doing is the real test! I was supposed to organize my closet today but that didn't exactly happen!

    When Phil & I moved here, I got rid of all of my 'work' clothes and now 90% of my closet is sundresses, shorts, tank-tops, flip flops, etc. I thought the simplicity here would completely stop my desire for brand-names, but it still finds me! Just yesterday, I was drooling over Dooney & Bourke handbags at Macy's, totally contemplating whether or not I really needed that $385 leather bag (I restrained myself, but I can't stop thinking about it!). :-\ It's ridiculous!

    Anyway, so sorry for the novel...but thanks again for the reminder!

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  20. Happy New Year Marcie Girl! What a great post! Now, let me get you my address, did I mention I am poor :)
    I think it is great your soul~ spirit searching and seeking!
    Your a neat lady, Marcie and
    I am glad to come to know you in Blogworld!
    Here is to a wonderful, new adventure in 2011
    love ya
    gi gi

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  21. I've been trying to do to this too! My spare room is still a mess and we have almost lived here a year. It's like one big messy closet!

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  22. good luck marcie! i just bought another house, so i may have to follow suit, otherwise i'll be living on toast!

    happy new year

    M xoxo

    She Wore It Well Blog

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  23. it sounds like a fantastic and inspiring plan!
    specially like step #05 :) - good luck!

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  24. I have an entire room in our little abode that my hubby generously offered to me to use as my "closet".... It's a whole room, yet clothes / shoes / bags / accessories are spilling all over the place! I hope to revamp my wardrobe and get ride of a ton of things! Closet detox, here I come!

    xx Love & Aloha

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  25. This is a wonderful idea!!! I am minorly obsessed with clothes but some of them I really dont wear...at all. And Im sure the charity would be appreciative! Also, it helps that Im headed back to school for the spring semester... Im a poor college student so I cant buy more clothes! Haha

    Whit
    whitspeaks.blogspot.com

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