A while back I wrote a post on a 30 – day minimalist challenge I was doing. A friend of mine posted it, and I was a bit skeptical at first. Looking around my house, however, I knew I needed to cut some clutter in a big way! How many of us have acquired way more than we will ever need? I’m certain I am not the only one, so that’s why I decided to share. I have decided to do a small series of ways to cut clutter out of your life, starting with your wardrobe. For me, that was the best place to start that challenge, even though I managed some from other rooms as well. How many of you can stand to clear some clutter from your wardrobe?
The first step in the clearing the closet is figuring out what to do with all the stuff you let go! I get it, trust me. There are certainly going to be things still in good condition. Do you toss them? Donate them? Sell them? There are plenty of options, but there are also things to consider. I don’t condemn thrift stores. As a matter of fact, I visit them often. But I’m not going to buy tattered pieces of garbage, no matter how much of a deal. With that in mind, I hope this post gives you some ideas!
Throw away everything you own that isn’t LuLaroe.
Ok no, I’m kidding. I am slightly obsessed with LLR if you haven’t figured that out yet. But don’t do that. Seriously, just don’t. For as amazing as their stuff is, it simply can’t replace everything you own. And the point of cutting the clutter is not adding more in its place. If you don’t have any yet, yes, you are missing out, but hold off until you get to a place where you can add. Get rid of stuff and make an impact!
Clutter in Intimates Drawers:
I hate to state the obvious but… No one wants your old undies, socks, etc. Don’t even consider it! I will make one exception, and one only. If you are anywhere near a Soma Intimates, check them out. Twice a year they accept GENTLY WORN bras only. They donate them to local battered women’s shelters. I think that is a wonderful thing. I can absolutely vouch for the validity of that since I was the manager of a store for almost 2 years. Anything else, just toss them in the trash. Maybe make old sock monkeys for your dogs to chew on, whatever. Just don’t try to donate OR sell skivvies, ok?!
Jeans and/or other bottoms:
Ok, listen up. Holding onto that pair of jeans that used to fit you 10 years ago might SEEM like motivation. Seriously, though, even if they did fit you again, would they even be in style? Acid washed jeans went out a long time ago, remember? And of course, if they are already frayed at the bottom, or have little holes started, that is only going to get worse. The nice thing about jeans, (some skirts and other pants too), is that you can almost always donate them. And hey, if they are hot ticket items, you can always try eBay or Facebook sales! I’ve picked up some extra cash doing that with lots of clothes.
Not including seasonal things such as sweaters, most t-shirts can just be tossed. Maybe make them into cleaning rags, or simply throw them away. I tend to go through them frequently, and they don’t last forever. Other tops like sweaters, work shirts, etc can be saved. Similar to jeans, why not donate, or try to sell? Since I spent far too many years in retail management, I aquired way more clothing and shoes than any one person probably needs. I have been lucky to have made a bit of extra cash selling the gently worn items!
I tend to hold on to my outerwear longer than I probably need to. Since it doesn’t see the same amount of wear as other things, it can last a bit longer. And of course, having more than 1 type is necessary, but no one needs a million different jackets, coats, etc.
As for seasonal items, or specific things bought for special occasions, those can most likely be thinned out as well. Seriously, how many formal dressed do you need? I guess it would depend on your lifestyle, but keep in mind what you can sell or donate. Make some extra money or give them to people who need them more than you!