(Are you happier after you’ve decluttered?)
I am going to tackle my closet today. I have been through my closet many times getting rid of a few things here and there. Last time I organized my closet I used the space saver bags that shrink your items down to a smaller mass. I have about 5 of these bags. 3 with bedding and two with clothes.
This time I am going in with the idea of decluttering, which means give most of my stuff away that I haven’t used. I still have some clothing from my 20’s, some from my pregnancy 26 years ago that were my favorite shirts during that time and many clothes for when I weighed less.
I am expecting to be very emotional. I won’t be surprised if I cry. I do know how great I will feel when I can find my favorite clothes without a lot of searching. I have warned my husband that he may be sleeping on the couch tonight since the bed may be full.
HERE I GO!!!! 10:45am Tuesday Morning
OH MY GOODNESS!!! 10pm Tuesday Night (a week later)
That took way longer than I thought it would and I still have a little bit left.
This is how my closet started.
Full Closet Empty Bed
I asked my husband if he could sleep on the couch the first night (it ended up being two nights.) Then I first took out all my coats in my closet. This isn’t including the two coats I have been wearing all winter. What a pile already. How many coats do I really need?
Coats on bed
I then proceeded to taking every single thing out of my closet. All of my clothes and bedding went onto my bed with my coats. I believe that my closet is small, but I sure took a lot out.
Full bed Clothes out
Totally Empty (Cool, but now the hard part)
My goal was to only put clothes back that were my size, things I liked, and what had room to go back in to the closet. I wanted everything to have a space and for nothing to be in space saver shrink bags.
Just looking at the pile on my bed brought helplessness to my soul. How am I going to tackle it? Was this a mistake? I had to get a couple of mantras going to get me through this. “I can do this!”, “One item at a time.”, “Don’t give up.” and “I am going to feel so good when I am done”. I said these over and over to myself for the next week.
This took me longer than maybe other people because I had movies running almost constantly while working on the closet, which I would watch off and on. Though I needed this distraction to get me though this horror. I had many hours of staring at my clothes and closet. I stared at my clothes because they were just over whelming. Staring at my closet was to help me envision how I was going to organize it.
I really wanted a closet rod so I could hang up my shirts and the couple of dresses I own. The side walls of the closet were not straight, though my husband and I figured how to get a rod installed. This brought overwhelming happiness. For over 6 years I have wanted a rod. NOW I HAVE ONE. Hanging up that first shirt was amazing.
Don’t overlook the small things in life. Enjoy the simple things that bring you happiness and take a moment to appreciate them.
I made a pile of things I knew I could give away, a pile for maybes, and a pile of clothing I knew I was going to keep. The maybe pile was really big.
Maybe pile (it even got a bit bigger)
I went through the maybe pile 4 times getting rid of a few things at a time. Once you start getting rid of things you get tired and fed up, which sometimes makes it easier to chuck more. I came across this feeling a few times.
WARNING: Once you put something in a giveaway box or bag….. DO NOT LOOK AT IT AGAIN!
My box got overfull so I had to transfer some clothing to a bag. While doing that I pulled out a shirt and decided to keep it. I was not proud of myself. From that moment on I tried not to look when I was packing clothes into bags. I want to get rid of stuff!
During this time it did not help with my weight. Since I am an emotional eater the stress of this project had me looking for snacks. It was one way I could take a break. I gained about 5 pounds this week.
Little by little the pile got smaller. By the third night I had the clothes that I still needed to go through piled next to my bed so my hubby could use his side again. Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday I had days off from work then I was back at work. (I work 7 days a week). From Friday – Tuesday I only did a little each day.
My favorite was hanging up the shirts that I was keeping. I would often go to them and rub my hands from the hanger to the bottom of the shirts. I couldn’t believe how great it was to hang them up and see EVERY shirt I owned. I found out that I like them colored coded. It looked so nice and peaceful compared to the way my shirts use to be.
My hanging shirts. (Makes me so happy)
I learned long time ago that if I think I will miss something I am giving away to take a picture of it. At least that way I have a memory of it and a picture takes up a lot less room. I use to wear this shirt a lot when younger and even my daughter mentioned, “You are going to give that one away? But you wore that all the time.” She had a connection to that shirt, but I was over it. I took this picture for her.
One of my favorite tee shirts from 10 years ago.
I have taken many pictures of my daughters creations that we don’t have room for. That way we can toss or recycle them.
One more thing before I show you the almost finished project. As I was hanging up my shirts I hung them up with the hangers backward. I heard about this system. After you wear your clothes hang them up the right way. That way in 6 months to a year you will see which ones you are not using and can down size more. I will wait a year since I have long sleeve shirts that I mostly wear in the winter. Summer is on the way and I actually know where my tank tops are now. Yea!
My goal: I actually changed my goal some. I did save some clothes that didn’t fit, but only about 1-2 sizes smaller and they needed to fit in a cubical or else I couldn’t keep it. I also kept some shirts from a past job that I couldn’t get myself to give up. I was able to find a small space in the closet for them. It took a lot of thinking, but I figured it out.
I found out I didn’t want my rod to be stuffed of hanging clothes. I wanted room to move them, so I had to give more away. I still have a small stack of shirts I want to keep, but don’t fit in my closet. I may go through all the shirts that are hanging again and see if I can get rid of more.
My closet now. (I still need to go through bedding and small piles of clothes.)
This was hard, but I knew I could do it and I do feel great about myself and my closet.
This is what I gave away (plus one more bag that is already in my van)
We don’t need as much as we think we need. I want to spend time on me and not the stuff I own. Keep the things that make you happy and give away the rest.
Are you happier after you’ve decluttered?
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