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.
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.