February is still a few days away, but we’re getting ready to hit the ground running with our February 2014 Directives!
If you’re just joining the party, welcome…and keep reading!
What is The 2014 Directive?
It’s a movement towards achieving greatness in 2014, one month at a time. Whether you need to lose a couple pounds, organize your closet, or save a bit of cash, The 2014 Directive structure will get you there.
How can I participate and link-up?
Visit The 2014 Directive details page for all the information you need to get started on the right foot. It’s super easy and ends with you adding your link below for your February Directive so we can cheer you on to success! You can share photos on Instagram too with #the2014directive!
This month’s link-up will be open until February 28th, so add your February Directive post any time during the month.
My February Directive
Hi. My name is Jessica, and I’m a clothing hoarder.
There…now that that’s out in the open, I can explain my February Directive.
Organize and purge my clothing collection. End Goal: A closet fit for someone who works from home 90% of the time and is almost 30 years old.
Here’s my plan…
(1) Make a list of all clothing categories (dresses, shirts, work attire, casual attire, etc.) and organize everything owned into these categories (whether in piles on the guest bed or hanging in a specific section of the closet).
(2) Tackle each individual category of clothes, one at a time. Sort into four actions:
> Keep : These items will be hung in the closet or folded in my dresser, ready for immediate wear!
> Box / Store : I plan to have 3 boxes. One for items that don’t fit at the moment, but that are too great to get rid of (like my huge jean collection from when I was really skinny – ha!) Another box will be for items that aren’t in season. The final box will be for paint/messy clothes like ripped t-shirts and such.
> Donate : Obviously these clothes will be donation-worthy. Items I no longer wear, don’t fit me and aren’t worth keeping.
> Trash : Anything that is damaged or unworthy of being kept or donated. I hope this pile is really small!
(3) Once everything is sorted and only my “Keep” clothing is left in the closet/dresser, I’ll complete the most important aspect of this effort. I’ll add all items to my Stylebook app on the iPad and create at least 30 outfits right away. I’ll continue to add outfits to the app by creating them offline as I wear them or as I purchase new clothes.
The app is GENIUS and if I log my outfits worn every day, it’ll eventually tell me if I haven’t worn a piece in a certain amount of time. Can you believe it?! In a year, I can purge my closet again by just asking the app to tell me what I haven’t worn in the last year. This app was made for me (and Cher Horowitz).
I’m super excited for this month’s Directive, because I really do feel this clothing situation is out of control. I do NOT want to move with 50 boxes of clothes I don’t wear. Who would? In keeping with my 2014 word to “simplify,” I feel this organization effort is going to be one of my biggest wins all year!
Here’s the current “situation” in photos. Bear in mind we’ve moved twice in the last two years, so we’ve probably filled 4-6 large bags with donations already. Not photographed are the under bed storage bins filled with clothes – ha!
Past Directive Progress Reports
January 2014 (the link-up)
I can’t believe it. January is done in 2 days! Miraculously, we’ve made it. We survived a month of no spending beyond the budget. We ate out exactly once (this past Saturday night), bought no new clothing, spent a seriously low amount on groceries, and overall had a great month for our bank account. We didn’t go beyond our budget more than $75 (over 3 separate days) which is frankly, pretty impressive.
I’ll keep the actual dollar values to myself, but we’ve spent a third of the normal amounts on our credit card and I’m telling you…THAT says something.
Overall, we’re thrilled with the outcome and definitely plan to carry the efforts through February and beyond as much as possible. I was thinking about other months we might be able to accomplish this and given that we barely left the house, January/February are probably the most realistic months. However, if a list of free activities to do outside can be created, June might be a good month to try this as well.
I’d love to hear of others’ success in accomplishing a “no spend” month!
Notes for Next Month
March’s Directive with progress reporting for January/February will be live on Wednesday, February 26, 2014. This date is listed in the (free to download) Participant Planner so you won’t forget!