Wednesday, September 06, 2006

The last day

Well, I may not have a chance to post for a month, so this is my farewell. I've managed to pack relatively minimally (3 suitcases for 2 of us, but only about 1/2 a suitcase of actual clothes to wear), give away most of the clothes I planned, and even partially convince my husband to do the same. Of course, the proof is in the pudding: what will I return with? (to be continued!)

What's left? To actually leave the stuff for charity, and to take the trip! And to all of you who are jealous, I leave you peaceful jet-lag free slumber and mosquito-bite free skin.

Monday, September 04, 2006

Whittling more...

Well, I'm leaving to India in two days and have finished packing. I've taken stuff I intend to give away there and so managed to whittle. What remains depends on what I ultimately bring back with me. Unfortunately, I am relying on only my willpower to prevent myself from bringing back clothes I didn't plan.

In the meantime:
- I've reduced skirts to 10! It was hard but then I just had to be honest about how I looked in some of them :)
- I dropped another dress, didn't fit well at all, and took back one from the Goodwill pile, BUT
- I found another pair of pants. I'm back up to 11. One goes with me on my trip and may not make it back.
- Salwars depend on my trip. There are 18 hanging in my closet, and I'm taking 6 to wear and give away. How many will I return with?

On the trip:
The no buying rule will have to be strictly enforced, unless it is not for myself. However, I will have to accept gifts. An inevitability. To be counted.

Sunday, September 03, 2006


Some progress already on reducing my wardrobe:

- I reduced my dresses to 5. I am not including my wedding dress.
- I also reduced my pants to 10. That was tough. I had to relegate one to beachwear because it was too see-through. And *sigh* I tossed my "skinny jeans"...
- I now have 22 salwar sets (only two to go!) (EDIT from 21: found one in the wash)
- I have 34 tops. This is the hardest part. Four left. I love them all!
- I did some major skirt culling. Now have 13 - three left!

I haven't refashioned anything. No more of that unless it's not clothing!

I did save an empty rice bag to try to make into a handbag for a friend. I'll have to line it with some of the cloth from my stash. Fun!