Spring has finally sprung in my corner of the world. It actually rained last night. Tiny corners of green are poking their heads out of a sea of brown. Change is afoot.
Change is afoot here as well.
It all started way back in January with the RTW challenge. It forced me to really examine my consumption patterns. Turns out that I was doing a lot of shopping to make myself feel better, but not ending up with things that helped me look better. It has been a very stressful few years here, and that meant there was a lot of shopping of all varieties.
By March, I was fed up with what was in my closet and not really feeling like sewing. So I decided to go at it from the other end. About the same time I came across Project 333, which is all about building a capsule wardrobe of 33 items and wearing it exclusively for three months. The kicker is that you don't have to get rid of all your other clothes. You just pack them up and put them out of reach. Part of what trips me up when cleaning out my closet is the climate - right now I don't want to see any more brown ever again, but come autumn I will find it soothing and just right.
So I pulled out clothes that were my favorites and built a wardrobe based on red, white/cream, denim and grey. Everything else got packed up and put away.
It. Was. Awesome.
My laundry was cut in half.
There wasn't anything to fuss about.
I was much more creative about putting things together that I wouldn't have previously.
Everything that I had fit me right now.
There wasn't any guilt about pants that didn't quite fit anymore.
The drawers were almost empty.
So was the closet.
The trend has continued.
While my husband was out of town this weekend, I went through the clothes that I had put away, and ended up with two garbage bags worth for the thrift store.
Then I went down to the studio.
Out went the fabric that was leftover from little kids sewing.
Out went the brown (seriously - I hardly ever wear brown but I had an entire shelf's worth of brown fabric).
Out went things that were purchased "just in case". I rarely have a sewing emergency. Just saying.
Then today I tackled the yarn. I have a lot of yarn. I buy a lot. Or rather I did. Then I inherited my grandmother's stash and my aunt's stash. I have gone through all of it a few times, getting rid of some every time, but today was about letting go of the past and moving on. It was about making sure that the supplies that are in that room are there because I love them, not because they were someone else's treasures. I am lucky enough to have lots of fabulous memories of those two women. I don't need to keep everything in order to remember them.
So what was the result of all this?
11 garbage bags worth of clothing/fabric/yarn/shoes for the thrift store.
Lots more room to move around.
Lots more room to breathe.
And lots more room to make things that serve me in this moment.
Turn your face up to the sun!