Closet Clean Out

It’s amazing what several days away from everyday responsibilities can do for my mental health. I took a very laid back approach to blogging and didn’t do any freelance writing over the holiday weekend and it felt great to feel wrapped up in family.

I know I have a lot of catch up work to do today, but I’m feeling refreshed. I think some of my refreshed feelings can be attributed to the time I spent going through my closet yesterday.

Closet Clean Out

Yesterday, when Ryan and I arrived back in Ocala, I was tempted to immediately dig out our Christmas decorations and go to town. Instead I forced myself to clean out my closet and get a little organized before decorating.

I am currently about three quarters of the way through The Happiness Project and ever since I read the section of the book where the author discusses the importance of addressing the clutter in her life, my closet has been calling to me.

I went through everything in my closet and dresser including my clothes, shoes, scarves and belts. When I say I went through everything, I really mean it. I was ruthless and ended up with two big piles of clothes to give away.

Giveaway Clothes

Nothing was safe!

I divided my clothes into two piles: One to take to Goodwill and another to hopefully sell to Plato’s Closet and make $5 for 10 articles of clothing. The big bucks!

I ended up running out of motivation to decorate for Christmas after going through my closet and putting away all of the autumn décor, so I’m saving that festive activity for this evening!

Fall Decorations

Workout + Breakfast

It felt good to do some strength training at the gym this morning. After I spent 20 minutes on the elliptical, I hopped off to finish up my workout with a total body strength circuit.

When Ryan and I arrived home from the gym, I took a hot shower and then made myself a plate of scrambled eggs with a toasted cinnamon raisin bagel for breakfast.

Nature's Own Cinnamon Raisin Bagel

Cinnamon Raisin Bagel

Nice and warm!

Question of the Morning

  • How often do you go through your closet? How do you decide what clothing you want to give away and what clothing you want to keep?

When I found myself feeling wishy-washy about giving away a certain article of clothing, I took a cue from The Happiness Project and asked myself whether or not I’d likely elect to wear something else instead of that piece of clothing when deciding what to wear. If the answer was yes, into the giveaway pile it went!

Comments

  1. Stephanie says

    Hubby and I recently started cleaning out our closets in preparation for our big move back to my hometown (I’m an Illinois girl, too!) and so far we’ve listed about 200 items on Ebay, mostly dvd’s, cd’s and video games. I still have 2 closets left, but those are waiting for this weekend!

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  2. Brooke says

    My friends all make fun of me because they say I clean out my closet TOO much. I have a bit of a clutter issue… But not because I have to much, because I think I have too little… If I look at something and it takes me more than five seconds to decide whether or not I need it, it’s gone!

    Clutter free living makes me happy, haha.

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  3. says

    It’s getting time to clean out my closet as well. I ALWAYS take everything (Goodwill worthy or not) to Platos. I’ve actually made quite a few $ from them. Ironically, the items they give me the most money for are the ones I didn’t even think they’d buy. I have a pair of brand new never worn very basic(no crazy stitching or rhinestones, etc) True Religion jeans that I bought for $100+ back in the day, they offerred $15. I decided to just keep them and gift them to a friend who loves them.

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  4. says

    So I have that wishy-washy feeling about most of my clothes when I go through my closet, and end up getting rid of far fewer clothes than I actually should. After moving and living out of a suitcase for weeks before our stuff arrived, I realized I didn’t need much. The clothes arrived and that same wishy-washy feeling arrived too. My friend Stephanie had such an easy solution I asked her to write a guest blog for me, http://humblepursuits.com/simply-simplified-decluttering-guide/. Basically the short of it is to store all the wishy-washy clothes clothes in a bin, in an out of the way, harder to reach place. In 6 or so months if you haven’t made the effort to dig anything out, you know you can live without it. (I will also use the bin clothes when traveling so I can toss them out along the way and have more room to bring back souvenirs, mainly chocolate).

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  5. Heather says

    Thanks for the advice on cleaning out the closet. I spent most of the day cleaning out and getting rid of a lot. Tomorrow I’m going to take my selling pile to platos, fingers crossed!!

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