Monday, January 3, 2011

The Closet Fast


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


  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!

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

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

  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

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


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

    <3, New Follower

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

  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!


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

  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!

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

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

  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

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

  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


  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!

  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!


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

  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!

  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

  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!

  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

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

  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

  25. This is a wonderful idea!!! I am minorly obsessed with clothes but some of them I really dont 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