I had a bit of a 'duh' moment this morning when I was looking at my purchase plan for next year and the corresponding turnover rates of categories. I realized I was at a 2 or 3 year turnover these days, when in the past it seemed like 4 or 5 was more the norm. It would be easy to conclude YLF was responsible for this, but actually it was my lifestyle. So essential, but I totally missed it!
This last few years I have spent much more time off in FL than home working in CA. 2 years vs 5 months actually When I'm home, I wear a uniform to work. That leaves probably 3 times a week I dress in 'my own' clothes. Well, here I'm off work, so I dress in my own clothes 6 or 7 times a week (lazy Sundays do happen!). No wonder I'm getting through my clothes faster and tiring of them quicker!!
But, this gives me hope, too. This winter I will be home, back to work, and my clothes will again be in less rotation. I was beginning to worry that buying 26 items next year (bi-weekly) wouldn't keep me up to pace. Now I can relax a little. I'm even thinking I may finish out this year at that buying rate to get into practice. There are 15 weeks left . . .
What kind of rotation do you see in your closet? Do you have stanbys you don't mind wearing again and again for 5, or more, years? Or do you like pretty much new things every season or 2, with only a couple of items hanging on for longer than a few seasons? Do you do the one in one out principle, or do you accrue a bunch of stuff and then purge big piles?
My plan is to try and keep one in one out but not to the exact hanger, just the rough replacement rate, purging as I go. I aim to buy no more than one item every other week average, and spread evenly through the various categories (3 dresses, 2 pants, etc) to keep the refreshing at an even keel.