The Simplifying Series: Clothes

A new year has begun and it’s the perfect opportunity to get inspired, start something new, and reach some goals. I don’t have any specific resolutions this year, but ever since reading Mari Kondo’s book The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, it really got me thinking…Why do I keep all this stuff? Too often life gets busy, my house ends up being a total mess, and I’m left frustrated and wondering how it happened.

So, I figured the New Year is the perfect time to turn over a new leaf. Each weekend I’m taking the time to go through one category of stuff and get rid of anything I know I won’t use.

The first thing I started with (and what is actually recommended in the book) is clothes. I’m pretty good about going through my clothes a few times a year, but this time I really got rid of a bunch of stuff. The book recommends that you pile your clothes (by category if you have a lot) onto your bed to really see all you have. It’s honestly really helpful.

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I had a drawer full of t-shirts that I never wear. I had dresses and tops that I use to love, but I haven’t worn in years. I had pants that I bought with good intentions, but I never reach for them. It was time to just let them go. I sorted my clothes into 3 categories: Donate, Sell, and Keep. I didn’t have a lot I wanted to sell, but there were a few nice items I just couldn’t give away. I figure I’ll give Poshmark a try.

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I ended up bringing all of the donated clothes (except the really old ones) to a friend who works at a local shelter. They are the best at disposing old clothes. If the shelter can’t find a use for them, they get taken to a local thrift store. If the thrift store can’t find them a home, the fabric gets repurposed. I feel good about where my used clothes are going.

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Even now as I look at my closet, I still see some things I could get rid of. And if I don’t wear them soon, I probably will. It’s a freeing feeling to get rid of so many things and minimize your closet.

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This is only the beginning. I’m actually really excited to go through the other parts of my house and minimize the things I have. There’s just no reason to hold onto extra stuff I don’t need. Even if the Kon Mari method doesn’t totally change my life, at least my house will be much neater and more organized.

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I hope this has helped inspire you to take a look at your closet and rethink some of the things you own. I can’t wait to keep going. Check back next week for more!

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