So many, that they spill out the wardrobe, on to the floor, the end of the bed, under the bed, behind the door and in the spare room. So many that I routinely come across things with a delighted yelp of "I forgot I had this!". So many that I cleared out 7 bags' worth of stuff for the charity shop in the summer...and still have too many clothes.
It really doesn't help that I'm feeling far too heavy and ungainly at the moment, so choosing outfits is a chore at best and a traumatising experience at worst. I'm a little fed up of tripping over jeans and not being able to find my favourite jumpers, especially as the weather is rapidly taking a turn for the worse. The front of one of our drawers popped off the other day, possibly because I dislodged it when moving our bedroom around, but there's also a slim (ha!) possibility it was simply too overloaded with clothes.
So it's time for me to take action! I've been reading up on the theories behind capsule wardrobes and am greatly intimidated and impressed by those mavens of style who manage to subsist on a collection of 30 pieces - I mean, just 30? Really? Such abilities are far beyond me and my shopaholic tendencies; however, I have set myself the goal of reducing my wardrobe to 100 pieces to begin with and then cutting it down from there. A mammoth task, perhaps (you've not seen my wardrobe!) but it will help clear out our bedroom (and the airing cupboard, and the spare room) and in turn, help clear my mind and stop me hopping around the flat of a morning wailing "but where is my black skirt?"
If you're in a similar conundrum to me, I have found the following bloggers and their advice to be extremely helpful and inspiring!
Vivianna Does Makeup
Credit Crunch Chic
Rock My Style
UPDATE - These lovelies have some fabulous thoughts on getting started with the capsule wardrobe and putting it to good use!
Queenie & the Dew
I'm sure there are hundreds more out there (the Rock My Style post links to some of the afore-mentioned style mavens) plus all manner of books to consult, but I'm going to start small and hopefully move up the ranks until my wardrobe consists of a single rail... but right now I'm off to count all my coats. I have so many coats.
Have you got any links or tips for me? Please share, I am in dire need of help!