We’re still working hard to simplify things around here. (In fact, after filling our crawl space with yard sale items, we started piling them in the garage. The Hubs informed me yesterday that the garage is now also full. Looks like we’ll start storing things in the living room now.)
I recently tackled my wardrobe, and reduced it by about 75%.
I started by bringing every last item of clothing and shoes down to the living room. It was easier to be ruthless when I couldn’t just turn around and put items back in the closet.
Fun fact! The orange and white dress on top was the inspiration for the miniature dress in my shop window.
The plan was to have three rounds of paring the pile down. I did the first two rounds, and then ran some errands before the last round so I could come back with fresh eyes. After round 2, I had cleaned out more than 50%.
Leaving the house for a while did the trick. When I got home, I was able to reduce that pile by almost half.
When I counted what I had left, there were 45 items, so I pushed myself to toss out 5 more things.
This is some of what is going away:
It has been pretty easy to keep it up so far. I have decided to stay under 45 items, so if I buy a new piece, I have to get rid of an old one. That’s not so exciting.
Not only does it just feel good to have less, laundry is easier and getting dressed is easier. It’s odd that before, I would look in my closet and dresser and think “I have nothing to wear” on a regular basis, I haven’t felt that way once since tossing 75% of it. Another great benefit is that my dresser is empty, so that’s also going in the yard sale!
Do you keep stuff around that you don’t wear too? Have you ever gone extreme in cleaning out your clothes?