I was really intrigued when I saw an article in the October issue of Real Simple on wardrobe makeovers, featuring items the women already owned. In particular, I was fascinated that each of the three subjects was willing to admit how many pairs of shoes they have, and how many of those pairs they actually wear.
Here is what the women said:
Andrea, age 41: owns 40 pairs, wears 8
Charissa, age 32: owns 50 pairs, wears 20
Danna, age 35: owns 25 pairs, wears 10
I was amazed by those numbers, in terms of the ratio of pairs owned to those actually used, so I decided to conduct my own shoe survey. I counted 19 pairs in my closet, 9 of which I wear regularly. I then had to evaluate the remaining 10 pairs. Four of them are formal (for weddings, etc.), and though they are worn infrequently, I consider them an investment worth storing. Of the six pairs left, I decided to part with 3 of them, and will keep the other 3 for awhile to see if they enter back into the rotation.
Personally, I consider it a stewardship issue to do these kinds of inventories. It opened my eyes that I own 19 pairs of shoes, but wear just a fraction of them regularly. I'd like to use this little exercise in some other areas of my closet and home so I can better evaluate if I am actually using stuff or if it could better be passed on to someone else who needs it.
How about you--anyone else willing to make a closet confession?