This post miniseries on Cleaning out your Closet is part of my project #minimize: the the project where I get rid of all the things. It’s an awesome project. And it comes from a deep-rooted place in my soul – which is why you should check back on Thursdays to see all of the small yet awesome ways you can downsize clutter and live like a minimalist. If you want to know more about why I’m doing this project, read the first post.
This week’s #minimize project was a big one: cleaning out my wardrobe. A big project with a wonderful result. So, naturally, I’m challenging you to do the same.
But first, a little background.
Since the start of my personal #minimize challenge, I’ve had it in my mind to clean out my closet. I knew there were a lot of items in there that I didn’t wear. Items I kept because they were in good condition. Items that were in good condition because I didn’t wear them. Items that were in good condition, that I used to wear, but no longer fit comfortably.
And the cycle continues.
There are reasons why this situation has occurred in closet. Here are three things that totally mess up your wardrobe:
- Having babies.
- Changing careers.
- Eating excessive amounts of ice cream.
My body has shifted and changed quite a bit in the last three years (between Month 4 of pregnancy and now). My career is different. And my eating habits and activity level, because of the first two points, are also different.
I’m not the only – or the first – mom to cling to the possibility of “maybe someday I’ll fit into those size 2 pants again.” Nor would I be the only – or first – mom to “never” get back there again.
Because your body undergoes a great deal of physical change when you carry a child. Not good or bad – just different. And embrace it or not, it happens. Your clothes aren’t going to fit the same way they did before you had a kid. Might as well accept this as fact and move on.
So when I first approached my closet, slightly overwhelmed at where to start, it was easiest to start with facts.
Fact #1: My body is different than it was before I had a child.
With this very informative and slightly revolutionary fact in mind, I considered my wardrobe. There were absolutely items in my closet that did not fit me. Not at all.
And so, I got rid of them.
I got rid of the shirts that rode up in the back and rid of the pants that fell down. I got rid of the ones that were warped and rid of the ones that were shrunk. I got rid of the shirts that never looked right. And rid of the ones that were wide. I got rid of the tops that always fell off and rid of the ones that were small. I got rid of the pants that hugged me all wrong and rid of the ones that were short. I got rid of the dresses that never fit right and rid of the ones that hurt. I got rid of the pants that were loose in the hips, the ones that were wide, and the ones that were small. I got rid of the shirts and the dresses and pants – I basically got rid of it all.
So off to the donate pile, the resale pile, and – just a few – to the trash pile. And when I was done, I took a moment to look at everything I extracted from the closet and I thought:
What if I did too much?
The solution was simple. I handpicked 3 items to store and keep until spring. And when it was time for my closet turn over (when I exchange my seasonal items from storage to use and back again), I would decide if I still wanted them.
One full bag of clothing later, I have a challenge for you.
Stay tuned for next week, when I share the second installment closet clean out challenge.
If you’re up for it, I would love to hear your results!