Did you know that a recent study posted on MSN found most of us wear 20% of our clothes 80% of the time? Wow. That shocked me. I did some quick tabulating a few weeks ago and found that I own (gulp) 53 pairs of pants. Fifty-three. Yet I most always wear the same two pairs of jeans, the same gray and khaki slacks, and the same brown cargo pants. So for me I think it's more like I wear 10% of my clothes 99% of the time.
So I rounded up an armload of clothes I don't wear much. Half of them still had tags. I stuffed them in the car and drove about an hour away to a little consignment shop. Last week I got a call: they had a check ready for me. $214. Wow again. Not bad for stuff I'll hardly miss.
Because I'm nerdy like this, I did some quick figuring. I found that if I weed out my closet once a year and deposit that money in a regular old savings account, after 25 years I'd have roughly $10,000. Not bad. Plus think of all the closet space I'll free up in the meantime.
Of course, all my toss-out clothes won't be consigned. I have three projects worked up to show you this spring: 1) How to turn a shirt/skirt into a darling handbag; 2) How to work a blanket out of clothes you don't want to part with; and 3) How to dress up a few tired, old pieces so you'll fall in love with them again. (Or at least wear them.) Could be fun, right?
April's all about going green, so in the spirit of that, I say we apply our best Waste Not, Want Not principles to our closets first. Who knows what we'll turn up and how much we could save....