Do you ever wonder what your day would be like by simplifying your life? Some days I feel like the junk, clutter, and overwhelming stress of things cloud my mind and focus.
Every day as I get ready for work, I stand still in my closet staring at the rows of clothes that appear in front of my hazy and tired eyes. Like a food menu, there are way too many options. Ten minutes later, I end up picking an outfit that I wore the week before. It happens every time.
It is unlikely that I pick a blouse that I wore pre-parenthood or even the skirt that I used to pull off in college that I can’t seem to get rid of. But, it’s time… It’s time to let go.
Letting go is hard especially when the items have sentimental value. A certain hat that I got at a concert where I remember my biggest care was how loud I was going to scream when I saw Justin Timberlake. Or the sorority flip flops that are still so damn comfortable 10 years later. (Give it up, girl… nobody cares what sorority you were in for one year!)
Last week I decided to focus on simplifying my life: one room at a time. This room was the closet and proved to be the largest task. Two days later, my husband joined in and got rid of a lot of shirts as well. Although I think he could stand to lose a few more shirts, but I am proud of his progress. I also noticed that he has a thing for the color grey!
When sorting through my clothes, I asked this simple question: When was the last time you wore this piece of clothing?
If I couldn’t remember: Donate.
If it was pre-parenthood: Would I wear it again? Probably Not. Donate!
Within the last year: Keep it, but how many similar pieces do you have? If you have too many of the same piece: Donate.
Maternity or Nursing Clothing: Keep, but put away in a box stored in another closet. (For possible baby #2 whenever that may come).
Shoes: Same philosophy. How many pairs of flip flops must one person own? I really only need a brown and a black pair now that I am in the business world because I only wear them maybe twice a week. Goodbye shoes.
Unfortunately, I don’t have a separate linen closet, so I have to put towels in the same closet. Therefore, I had to go through my towels. I had towels that were hand me downs from my parents. Oh dear! I asked myself, “Do any of your towels feel like sandpaper?” If the answer was yes – I tossed them. No need to donate sandpaper! I am a grown woman and I deserve nice towels, right?
As you can see above I simply could not get rid of my Justin Timberlake hat. Yes, we donated half of our hats, but I could not donate the hat that I wore as I first laid my eyes on JT. I just can’t let go of that memory and I hope that one day I can embarrass my daughter by wearing it in front of her cool friends.
None the less, my husband and I filled 3+ trash bags of items that we no longer needed. I will be donating these items this week.
The closet is still a work in progress, but my goal is to shrink it even further by shopping strategically in the future. Some fashion experts say you can make a multitude of outfits out of a mere 23 pieces of clothing. Meaning that with every piece of clothing I buy I need to think of how many different outfits I can potentially create.
Living a minimalist life is my ultimate goal. To be able to pick up and move with little belongings sounds amazing, yet so challenging as I have been known to shop a lot.
I’ll never forget visiting my friend who lived in California. She lived in a small condo and had an itty bitty closet. I was shocked by how little clothing she owned, but how happy she appeared to be. It took her two seconds to pick something to wear because she didn’t have as many choices. Meanwhile, back in Texas I had an oversized closet of junk and outfits that I only wore once! I felt so spoiled and so wasteful. What was the point and why is bigger always better? It doesn’t have to be!
When is the last time you cleaned out and organized your closet? Are you a pack rat or do you stay organized most of the time?
Keep reading as I take on the next room in my house: The Pantry! I have 10 cookbooks just collecting dust (this was pre-Pinterest)! Wish me luck!