How to Declutter your Closet (the key is love ❤)

I feel like I am constantly in declutter mode and it’s no longer working for me. My closet also provides antidotal evidence of this.  We keep a standing donation box in the corner of our bedroom and as I encounter something I no longer wear it gets added to the box. The ongoing process makes it feel like I’m never finished. Plus, I always have an ugly cardboard box in the corner of my bedroom. One of my resolutions this year is to declutter my closet for good.

Inspiration


Late last year I read, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo … and so much of it resonated with me. It’s an easy read but the premise is if you don’t  something … let it go.

Last week I read this post by Allie on Motherly and she discussed similar ideas:

“If I was going to clean up it was going to be the things that added to our lives; it was going to be only the things we needed and the things we truly loved.”

Your closet isn’t a place for contingency planning. I am so guilty of this. I have things in there I know I will never wear. The shirt I spent too much on and have never worn. The skirt that fit so awesome five years ago when I was five pounds lighter.  These things make me feel negative emotions when I see them. It’s time to let them (and the thoughts that go with them) go.  I will only keep clothes I love and that fit me NOW. No more saving the just-in-case-I-haven’t-been-to-the-dry-cleaners-in-two-months shirts that only get worn during such occasions.  I will just go to the dry cleaners more. No more pretending the last five pounds of baby weight is actually going to go away. He’s five. Own it. It’s time.

This year I will simplify and organize and I’m starting with my closet.  Please keep me accountable.

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  • Andrea Decker
    January 16, 2017

    Have been trying the “if one item comes in one must go out” – Totally not working – On a decluttering path this year, and I know my closet is going to be huge.
    My last job I was at the office every day so I have this whole set of office clothes, current job (with the same company) I work from home 4 out of 5 days – those work from home days are – sweats, t-shirts and yeah sometimes even PJ pants – My just in case I start working in the office again clothes…. most of them are still going to fit, haven’t changed sizes, and I tend to buy classic and not trendy…. but do I need all of it? And can I store it more effectively?
    The donation box? I have one too, however, on a mission to get it out of the house, the box is full, time to pass it on and start a new box!!

    Your post got me thinking about the “contingency planning” I use as a tool to not get rid of stuff, and not just my closet!

    How is the closet coming?

    • my9to5shoes
      January 17, 2017

      I have been doing the closet in categories! I have tackled skirts and suits. They were the smallest groups and the most obvious – made it seem easy. Some of the other categories will be much harder. About the storing …I stored dressy work clothes in a bin in the attic while I was pregnant and the year past. I thought I would use most of the stuff again after but the truth was I really didn’t. I might save a few investment pieces that are truly classic but think about purging the rest. If it is only a temporary change then maybe more but experience showed me that not only did style trends change but my style changed in the two years I stored stuff.

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