Conspicuous Consumption and the Evolution of Closets


I went to a house warming this past weekend, our friends bought a cute little bungalow in the city, circa early 1900’s.  While my friend is thrilled with her new home and how close she is to the downtown core one thing she is unhappy with is lack of closet space, and the closets she does have are so small they she can barely store her summer wardrobe let alone her more bulky winter clothing.  The next day when we reflected upon the evening I thought back to the bungalow my family owned and I distinctly remember that my own closet was very much like my friend’s and I have to admit, it was enough, me nor family possessed the volume of clothing required to fill even these small closets.   Fast forward to today and architects dedicate huge amounts of space to closets, in some extreme instances they are their own rooms with flattering lighting and a sitting area.  When I was teenager and I would complain about having nothing to wear my mom often told me that when she was young she had one set of going out or church clothing, her school uniform and her play clothes—That was it! There was no concern about being seen in the same dress at an event twice, everyone was in the same boat.

Sociologists claim the 1980’s marked our descent as a society into the endless pit of excess and conspicuous consumption was the beginning of the end of minimalism in the Western world. .  Today, the average person has at the very least one article of clothing in their closets they have never worn nor ever will; bought not because it was necessary but because we saw it and we wanted it.  Every few months our new larger closets are close to bursting to the point where we have to set aside a whole day in order to purge and organize.   At Oasis we know exactly how to help you conquer your bulging closets and drawers, we call it The Three Pile Method.   This method is not only limited to purging your wardrobe but can be applied to any type of decluttering project. As the title suggests you will be separating your clothing into three distinct piles.  .  The first pile is for the clothing you wear regularly, this means items that you wear at the very least once every two weeks.  This pile is usually consists of your work wear and the clothing you wear around the house or when you’re out running errands etc.  This pile can also contain more formal attire worn for more special occasions (which for most is not a bi weekly affair). The second pile is for clothing that you have not nor ever will wear a.k.a the clothing donation pile.  My general rule is, if you haven’t worn an article of clothing in the past season then it belongs in pile number two.  In this pile you can also place clothing which has out lived it use in your wardrobe.    The Oasis Clothing Bank will be more than happy to take pile number two off your hands (see below for contact info).   Finally, pile number three is out of season clothing; it makes no sense having your summer wardrobe taking up precious closet and drawer real estate all year round. When you have gone through your clothing you will have to store pile number three in boxes and or bags and stash them away in your furnace room, crawl space or garage.  If however, you are like most urban dwellers and space is a precious commodity, pile three will end up in an off-site storage facility.  We suggest when storing your seasonal clothing   that each box is clearly labeled if not itemized, your clothing will be easier to find if and when you need it off season.

If you live in the greater Toronto area call the Oasis Clothing Bank at 416 751 0553 to arrange for your FREE HOME PICK UP, or go to for a bin location near you.

Happy Purging!!

Oasis Clothing Bank

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