I started reading through a book on organizing while I was at Urban Outfitters called, “The Life-changing Magic of Tidying: A Simple, Effective Way to Banish Clutter Forever” by Marie Kondo. Since I was thinking about going Zero Waste when I found this book, I thought now is the best time to start getting rid of stuff and having a better method of organization. One take away from that book that just makes complete sense, is to organize by category, and not by room. Over the past month I have picked a few categories of stuff to go through: coats, towels, bedding, etc.
Today’s task was to finally go through my clothes. I have SO much and the thought of tackling this overwhelmed me. I knew I hung on to clothes I didn’t wear at all or often enough to keep, but I always think that eventually it will go with something so I don’t want get rid of it quite yet.
I eventually found the guts to begin. I started with emptying my entire closet. Everything I own came out and onto the bed. It took about 30 minutes to sort each article of clothing by type: cardigans, t-shifts, pants, etc. It’s good to see everything you own in this category as you will see that I obviously have too many t-shirts.
I did struggle on a few decisions. Below are questions I thought of when I was hesitating on letting go:
- Does it bring me happiness?
2. How does it feel when I wear it? There were a couple of tops that I didn’t wear because it was itchy, or I didn’t like the pockets. So they were easy to let go.
3. Am I keeping it for sentimental value only? I found I had lots of sadness thinking about getting rid of a dress my grandma (who passed away 5 years ago) made for me when I was about 15-16. But I had never worn it. I decided to take a picture for memory sake and to donate it to our local thrift store. I pray someone will like wearing it. I also have attachment to anything with a cat on it. I forced myself to get rid of t-shirts with kitties on it. Someone else will find just as much joy in owning them as I did.
4. When is the last time I wore it? When is the next time I will wear it? If I can’t remember or I don’t know, it’s time to get rid of it.
5. Does it fit? If not, why are you keeping it?
I notice when I dress myself for work I tend to wear the same things over and over, so why do I have so much clothes. I want to make getting dressed easier by having less options. Cutting back will make that happen.