7 January 2020
I’ve already cleaned the fridge/freezer and the oven. Every beginning of a new year I get the itch to organise, clean and also get rid of things I don’t need or want anymore. I haven’t purged my closet recently, except to remove damaged clothes. They had to be really beyond repair. The most important reason for this is that I had so little clothes for a while that I just kept everything. (You can read more about that in my previous blog post https://cutt.ly/msjslfs.) Then the tide changed, but I didn’t. So now I have an urge to purge.
My winter clothes are packed away, so this process will only involve my summer wardrobe. I excluded active wear and I only have three T-shirts, so I will be hanging on to them too. I also left out my jeans, because I rarely wear jeans in summer.
I took the first step and removed all the items I wear regularly. This is a pile of clothes that I love. The clothes that I know I will wear for a long time.
Next I made a pile of clothes that I wasn’t sure about. I asked myself what I didn’t like about each item and why I wanted to keep them. Do they have sentimental value, or do I feel guilty about not wanting to keep perfectly good clothing? If I was still unsure, I would try it on and decide then.
Everything else that was still left in my closet, I took off the hangers and folded them. I didn’t even look at them again until the keep pile was back in my closet.
Most of the give away pile is going to our second hand clothing store – https://www.instagram.com/belle_whimsyclothing/. My daughter, Karla, will get the few items she’s been nagging me about.
I now have 31 items of clothing in my closet. The next step will be to mindfully make a list of clothes I need and want. I really don’t want stuff in my closet that I don’t wear. I want to make better choices.
And of course I will always try to first find what I am looking for at thrift stores. If I have to buy new it will be from a slow fashion brand.