I’m cleaning out my closet again.
The ideal time to clean out stuff is before and after a move. I know most people don’t expect to clean out their stuff after moving to a new place. Didn’t they just purge a bunch of stuff before moving?
But after moving is when you can really see what you have and how your stuff works in your space.
It’s been a while since I’ve looked through all my clothes, so I had more confidence in giving away the remaining things I won’t use. This time I thought about how clothes are meant to be useful. For each item, I tried it on and asked myself, “Will I use this?”
I’ve been in the process of reducing my number of clothes over the last few years. I used to feel like I needed more variety, and so I chose quantity over quality. I have a fraction of the clothes I owned seven years ago. I like my clothes so much better now.
I will never get over the amazement of how when you give away the clothes that you won’t wear, you like the clothes you keep so much more, almost like you just went and bought a new wardrobe.
I used to do the big switcheroo every summer and winter to put away the clothes from last season and make room for the next. It made me feel organized.
It was a big pain.
Now everything fits on the same bar–summer clothes to the left and winter on the right. I’m storing the maternity clothes separately. I think this is the right amount of clothes for me now. I need to replace a couple of things that I wore out last winter.
I didn’t even use the bar on the other side.
Another thing that I’ve been able to get rid of lately? Boxes.
I used to save cardboard boxes because since I lived in a small space, if I stored things in boxes then I could put everything away in closets like a game of Tetris.
I was always getting ready for the next move, but this time I’m unpacking it all. I don’t need to keep old curtains in a box in case I’ll use them at the next apartment.
I used to wonder if going through my stuff was really helping me to save time and simplify. It can take so much time; wouldn’t it be simpler not to deal with it at all?
But this. This is one reason why I clean out my junk–so other people won’t have to do it for me.
Jules at Pancakes and French Fries is doing 31 Days of William Morris to help her home reflect the quote, “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” Let’s root for her.
Megan at Declutter Daily is getting rid of something every day so she can make a way in her garage.
When Doug and I got married, one of our early promises to each other was that if we ever had a garage, we would always be able to park our car in it. Right now the garage is staging the move and renovation, so we’re not quite there.