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My drawers close so nicely now that I purged about half my clothing! It's also forcing me to stay on top of laundry to make sure I have clothes to wear. I haven't decided if that's a good thing or bad thing yet ;) Did you find some clothes to get rid of? I hope you got rid of things that don't fit you right, aren't your color (based on your own likes), or you simply don't like wearing anymore.
If you are just joining us, here's the deal:
I still had this mindset of decluttering being a big ol’ chore up until a few months ago when I read this fantastic post from Nony at A Slob Comes Clean. It was like a huge light went off in my brain! Decluttering is simply the act of getting rid of what doesn't belong, isn't needed, or belongs in the trash. It doesn’t mean buying a whole slew of new bins for your things to go in or coming up with some type of system that you hope will change your life - that’s organizing. It’s a whole different ball game. Right now, I’m in the game of decluttering. I just want things GONE.
When there’s less stuff, especially less of what has no purpose in your home anymore, organizing can often happen naturally. You won’t be cramming thirty towels into the closet because you only need ten and they fit nicely. You don’t need to dig through a tub of medicines to find what you need only to keep coming across bottles that are long since expired.
Here’s my challenge: Each week, take on ONE area of your home. I’ve already made the list for you so that part is done. Go to the area, throw away trash, put items that you no longer need but are still in good condition into a donation box, and put other items where they belong. Simple!
Week 19: Master Bedroom Closet Racks
I decided to be ruthless again this week. After seeing how much I was able to get rid of in my drawers I knew there had to be items in the closet I could donate as well. I've got several sweaters that are on the shorter side. The hems sit all about at my waist or slightly below and I much prefer long sweaters that hit mid thigh or even to my knees. I had to throw my favorite sweater away because I discovered a big hole in it that wasn't going to be repairable. I was, and still am, super bummed!
Micah also went through his side. He's been hanging on to quite a few shirts for more than a decade that will probably never fit him again. We also found a sweater that had somehow shrunk so much that it's barely too big for Parker.
Once I took all the clothes out to donate I also decided to downsize the amount of hangers. Those are pictured in last week's post because there was room in that box for them.
I don't know if it looks significantly different but I know I feel better having donated so much from these racks that never moved out of the closet. Now I can focus on having clothes I really love rather than simply got a great deal on.
Now it's your turn! Go through your closet racks and find pieces that you don't love or no longer fit. Be honest and see what you can find to donate, sell, and toss.
Share in the comments or on social media with the hashtag #clutterbusterchallenge of what you found to declutter.
Come back next week for week 20 of the Clutter Buster Challenge to declutter our closet shelves. You may only have one or two or you might have several. I'm looking forward to purging all the unnecessary items and putting other items back where they belong.