So there is this big trend to reduce the amount of clothes that you have in your possession to reduce space and return to a minimalist form of living. They’re calling it Project 333 and truthfully I am about a year or so behind in hearing about this trend.
Recently, I reduced a bunch of possessions, while combining 3 separate homes across the country down into one concise space at my new place. This includes my #sewingstash and am quite glad to have combined and cleaned up what I do use. It is nice to know that there are others out there reducing and recycling, as well. In doing so, I also have found that there is a Goodwill near my place that is also accepting the donations. Only trick is, you have to go during their open hours. No drop box available, regrettably.
So. Tips to clearing out the clutter:
- Bring your mother. She’ll be more ruthless than you’ll ever be.
- Mark 3 – 4 boxes; deem one for charity, one for rags, one for second hand and one for consignment stores.
- Grab a garbage. Have it near by. Some things just cannot be given away.
- Go through everything, sox include. Toss anything that doesn’t have a partner, mate or matching pair.
- Underwear drawer must also be gutted: stained or unwearable (due to fit) items must be gotten rid of. There is no reason to keep them. And by the time you come to either being small enough to wear those items or big enough because you’re making muscle gains at the gym, you’ll be able to afford a new pair of whatever you were hoarding. Don’t let the fear of the past or future or what-if’s keep you from accomplishing this major cleanup.
- Toss hangers that don’t hold clothes. Excess hangers clog the wrack and create frustration.
- Toss anything that is tied to bad memories of a holiday or a person you have memories of that aren’t pleasant. I had to toss a fantastic shirt that I never wear because it reminds me of the extremely frustrating shop keeper where I bought it from. They also happened to be a TV personality and I think of them each time I see the shirt.
- Tourism shirts: you don’t need one from each year of your family vacation since you were 12. Keep the ones that fit best/fit now/unstained/matches the theme of clothing that fits your personality now.
- Think about who you are now and who you want to become, and the image you want your clothing to depict. Does your wardrobe reflect this? Do the clothes you have left in the closet show these aspects of you?
- If you are out of college, you do not need to keep the clothing with their logos (unless you work there now as Alumni). There is no need to keep these items. They have served their purpose and have made you who you are now: not someone who wears those items but has moved on and grown up, and is striving for something now with new goals and tasks.
- Athleisure: it must fit, and must not be stained. The modern trend is to look good at the gym both before and after your workout, as if you don’t need to be there. Only keep what looks best.
- Washing. You don’t need duplicate pairs of something unless you are going to be backpacking across Europe and likely never to find a washing machine. You can afford to do laundry now and you can also plan to be able to do so. Only keep 1 or 2 of an item on hand, if that. Most wash cycles now allow for a delicates wash option and if I am in doubt when I do laundry, I put it on the most gentle cycle frequently. Also saves wash time!
- The same goes for any bedding, blankets or pillows you may have on hand in the closet in question (or dresser drawer). Seasonal items are acceptable. But are there any you don’t need?
During the time of my drastic pair-down, I discovered there was one large bucket of towels that were not needed. Feeling guilty at the thought of throwing them out, I decided to donate them to a Pet Hospital nearby. (They were so excited to receive the items, btw!) And later if I have any blankets, I’m going to do the same thing!
Spring cleaning is an ongoing process and I am still note done. In preparation for a big garage sale, things are slowly and finally getting organized! 😀 ((That’s what combining 3 cross-Canada rooms/apartments will do!)
AND WHAT AN ADVENTURE IT HAS BEEN. STAY STRONG, LOVS!
XX PS. IF I CAN DO IT, SO CAN YOU.