Today’s post is focused on reorganizing and downsizing. Throw away the clutter. Go through your house and get rid of anything that doesn’t have a purpose. If it can’t be reused, throw it away. If you think someone else could make use of it, donate it, or if you think you could get some money for it, try selling it on eBay or Craigslist. You will be surprised how many things are taking up space in your home that are not being used. You will feel so much better once this is done. It will be as if a huge weight has lifted off of your shoulders. You will be doing yourself a favor by making your home more organized, and possibly making a little money off of several items in your home that are only collecting dust.
You might have doubts about some of the things you come across, but the rule of thumb is when in doubt, throw it out! Even though The Hoarder Fairy in the back of your mind is telling you that although you haven’t used this item in years, as soon as you throw it away you will find a use for it and wish that you still had it. 9 times out of 10 this isn’t the case. Go through your garage, your attic, your basement, your closet; if you haven’t used it in over a year, you probably won’t be needing it any time soon. Freeing up this space will feel amazing and your house will look great! Nobody wants to be a hoarder.
As women, we have more than enough clothes in our closet, and we know that we don’t wear half of them, so why do we keep them? I’ll tell you why; it’s because deep down you think the second you get rid of it, you will find an occasion to wear it. When in reality, you probably have several items hanging in your closet that haven’t been worn in years, if even at all. Freeing up closet space will feel great once you do it, and trust me– you won’t be missing the stuff you get rid of. Either way, we’re women and we are still going to complain that we never have nothing to wear. Less is more. It’s much better to have fewer solid outfits that you actually do wear and allow space for new items in your closet, than having a closet full of clothes that you never wear just hanging up collecting dust.
Here’s a tactic that I found on Pinterest that you could try; turn all of the hangers in your closet the opposite way. Every time you wear an item, turn the hanger around. After a few months, you can clearly see which clothing items you could live without.
Common excuses of the Hoarder Fairy
“…but it was so expensive”
“It will fit again someday”
“As soon as I get rid of it, I will need it”
I know I’m not the only one who has purchased an article of clothing because you loved it when you tried it on in the store, but it has been hanging in your closet for over a year with the tags on it, never worn, but you continue to hold on to this item in hopes that you will find an occasion for it. This is the type of item you could sell on eBay; you would be making some of you money back for it and someone else might actually put it to use. The thought of selling something on eBay might seem like more work than you would like to put into getting rid of something, but it’s really not. Especially if you find several items that you could sell together as a “lot” and you cold be getting rid of several things at once, rather than listing them individually.
The next type to get rid of are those items taking up space in your closet that you are not willing to accept will probably never fit you again. It happens to all of us, we have goals to become the size we were in high school, and more often than not, it doesn’t happen. Let’s face it, we’re older and our bodies are different now than they were then. Those size zero skinny jeans that looked so good on you then, now aren’t so flattering now. We are all victims of this; jumping up and down while pulling up on the belt loops while forcing those jeans past your butt, then lying on your bed, sucking in your stomach to button them up. I think it’s time for a bigger pair. Yup, I said it! Toss ’em!
This process is not going to be quick; it will take a while, but once you’re done, you will be SO HAPPY! You could even invite some friends over with cocktails, and make it fun. Going through your old things can actually be really entertaining, but careful not to get too distracted with the things that you find. Don’t sucked into the past. Going through old photo albums and embarrassing memories can be fun, but those are the things that will slow you down. The purpose is to find everything that doesn’t have a purpose and toss it! Once you are done, you can go back to looking at the sentimental things that you kept, but if you stop to play with everything that you find, you will never finish the job.
You can do it! And you’ll be so happy once you did!