Wednesday, September 20, 2006

This Clothes Horse Comment Deserves a Post

Thank You Simplicity in Kansas. Your recent comment about my fashion victim post prompted me to create this follow-up post featuring your response.

Here is the comment from Simplicity in Kansas about overstuffed closets:

"I work at a Fortune 100 company and work clothes for me are important and in the past, I had a huge closet of idle clothes. So what did I do?

1 - Cleaned out the closet by donating 70 percent of all items that I was not wearing.

2 - Exchanged to natural fibers away from dry clean only garments. Decreased my costs, improved the environment and am more comfortable with that decision from a physical perspective.

3 - Learned to do laundry better. Yes, a lesson from my mother: Steaming and hanging the clothes and then a light ironing really works.

4 - Small repairs. In the past, a rip meant into the trash. Today, rips are an opportunity to sew better.

5 - Five pairs of shoes - two basic for work, one for exercise, one for casual, one for fun. Shoe trees a must.

6 - Undershirt (Male perspective). I now wear undershirts to keep my work clothes from being impacted by my 'being human' results of walking and living. This extends my work shirts.

So, my closet is much smaller, cleaner and without the 'run rate costs' of dry cleaning. Also, I am getting more use out of the clothes I am wearing and feel better about my decisions."

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