My cousin Katie had a great inspiring post the other day and basically challenged me to do some thinking about the "stuff" in my life. I have a thing about stuff. I like it! I love to shop for clothes (almost always a bargain too) but frankly, I hold on to things for too long or buy things I don't really need. I have boxes of stuff in my basement of things I can't part with too. Unfortunately, I am a very organized so thus the stuff doesn't seem so bad. It is all boxed up and on shelves and I pretty much know where everything is stored. But, do I really *need* all that stuff? Definitely not! So, I felt inspired to so some organizing and purging around here. I have only just started and there is alot more to be done but it felt great to drop off a van trunkload of stuff at our local LOVE Inc store this morning. Sadly is was almost all clothes!
I started with our bedroom closet. I had sweaters that I have had for quite sometime but never wear. I really looked at everything and tried to simplify. I still feel like I have tons of clothes but my closet is much better and I truly like what is left. I do plan on looking at it again when we switch seasons (all my summer stuff is in a closet downstairs) and part with more that just did not get worn enough.
Here is the before - do you see ALL those sweaters! Oh my! Plus I had taken a stack out before I snapped the picture ( you can see the empty spot on the left bottom shelf)
Here is the bags of stuff I purged from the closet, my dresser and a bin of stuff on the floor of my closet - I filled another bag after this with some coats that were in my front closet too!
Here is the after - I made Nate come in and do his side too and that added to the pile - can you see that my dress shoes are now on the top shelf along with my bags - these were on all the floor. And I can actually move my clothes around without searching for space!
Here is Nate's side - he actually has empty space on his side now!
It feels so good to get rid of that stuff! I contemplated saving it for a garage sale but I decided that I was better to donate it all. This is going to the year of just purging and donating. I know it will feel so great to get all of that unnecessary stuff out of this house!