Sunday, September 4, 2011

Step 1 - Purging!

After careful consideration, I have decided it is finally time to clean out my closet.  Though I say closet, I actually mean every storage place in my house that holds my clothes.  These would include the closet, my dresser drawers (8 of them), the spare bedroom closet, and the many totes in the attic.  I seem to have a problem with letting clothes go.  I actually still have clothes from high school and I have one shirt from grade school. 

Now that I have carried two precious little boys I feel it is time to get rid of it all.  All of the clothes that just sit there.  Some sit because I just can't part with them.  Others sit because I swear one day I will fit in them again.  But I have come to a conclusion that one day I may lose the weight, but these hips are NEVER returning to pre-preggo hips.  That being said, the clothes are going. 

My plan is simple.  I am having a yard sale.  A huge, super huge, yard sale.  Since adult and teen clothing doesn't sell well at yard sales usually, I plan to run my yard sale as a stuff the bag sale.  Yep, stuff the bag with whatever you can and it is all $5.00.  After the yard sale my next step is to call the Salvation Army to have all remaining items picked up.

So for the next few weeks I will be in the purging mind frame.  This for me is going to be the most difficult because I loved so many of those clothes.  But why keep something that these hips can't fit in, right?! 

To help me get through this purging process I went on a blog hunt and found a wonderful organizing blog called Organizing Junkie.  This blog has wonderful tips from my problem, you can find them below:

Org Junkie’s Tips for Parting With Your Clothes
1.  If you haven’t worn something in a year then out it goes regardless of condition, price or size.  Why a year?  Because you cover every season in that period of time.  If you haven’t worn it during the year, you probably never will.

2.  If you have a piece of clothing that you wear but are annoyed with it every time you do, seriously stop it.

3.  If it’s waiting to be mended and it’s been waiting for a long time then enough is enough already.

4.  If you hate to iron and your ironing pile sits there totally neglected while you wear all your favorite clothing over and over again, why do you still have an ironing pile?

5.  I’m not opposed to keeping your “skinny” clothes (and I know we all do it) but for goodness sakes you don’t need to keep all of it.  Styles change, your tastes change, your body shape changes so chances are good that when you get back to that size you’re going to want new stuff anyway.

6.  If you absolutely love a shirt but never wear it because you have nothing to wear it with, well guess what, a mate isn’t going to magically appear in the night.  Follow the one year rule.

7.  Sentimental clothes that you aren’t wearing shouldn’t reside in your closet.   Either take a picture of it and preserve the memory or limit yourself to one tote of “clothes to show my kids so they can laugh their heads off at me someday”.

8.  Don’t hang onto something that is “just alright” because you don’t have something better yet to replace it.  Let it go now unless it means you go naked, that wouldn’t be right.

9.  You don’t have to do it all at once.  Like I did try it in stages and be motivated by your success.  One day you could do shirts, the next day shorts, etc..

10.  Try everything on.  This one I can’t stress enough.  Do not hold something up and say oh this is so beautiful I’m going to keep it.  That’s too easy and what you might not remember is that, although it’s beautiful, the buttons gape at the front showing off your woman parts.  Nope we don’t want that now do we.  Get rid of it.

11.  You only have the space that you do.  Jamming your clothes into the closet and fighting with them every single day to find what you need won’t make your closet grow in the night.  It will only make you grumpy…every single day.  It’s not worth it.

Sadly, I think my excuses for having all these clothes fits each of these 11 tips.  I honestly have enough clothing in several different sizes to probably open a small store.  The worst thing of all is most of it doesn't fit (either too big or too small). 

So, time to start purging.  I can't wait.  While pregnant, I only had limited numbers of shirts and pants.  It was so nice to get up and quickly comb the closet for something to wear.  There was no pushing and shoving clothes around.  That is where I plan to be with my closet in a few weeks.  And as for the spare room closet and the totes in the attic, yea they will all be gone!!!  It's going to be a lot of work, but it will be so worth it.

Over the next few days, I will be sure to post pictures of how things are going.  This is just step one of my many step plan.  Since Nolan doesn't like to sleep much during the day, I am sure he will be there somewhere in the center of all those clothes.  Maybe I can do a "Where's Nolan?" photo.  LOL!

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