I’ve received several emails and phone calls from people who have cleaned up their closets, but it seems like many of you are too shy to submit a before picture! That’s okay – the main goal of the project is to clear out the clothes that respresent the old you, not the current you.
Because isn’t your current ‘you’ the best ‘you’ yet?
There has been a lot of great discussion over this topic, though most of it has come via email. So I’ll recap some of the discussion points below.
- Timelines: When you have a ‘maybe’ item, you can set up your own timeline. Some of us have more clothes than others, and we all live in different climates. The important thing is to be aware of the clothes you have and are actually wearing and make a decision on what stays and goes in your closet in your own timeline. And some things will pass the timeline and you still decide to keep them. That’s okay. Its YOUR closet.
- Memory clothes: We all have them – the dress we wore on a great date, the skinny jeans we wore when we lost all that weight (before gaining it back), and maybe even a prom dress or letter jacket from high school. Should these really be in your everyday closet? One reader suggested taking pictures of these items (or maybe a picture of you wearing them from way back?) and taping them to the inside of the closet door. You can then either store the items or donate/sell them, but either way they are out of the way of getting dressed every morning.
- What if I don’t have a closet? If you live in an older home you often inherit small or nonexistent closet space along with the charm. In this case, you just apply the same rules to your armoires and dressers as you would your closet, turning items backward if you haven’t worn them in a while.
Remember, most people only wear 20% of what is hanging in their closets. I thought I had really pared down, and when I did the backward-hanger exercise for clothes that have not been worn recently I was surprised to find how many were hanging in my closet!
Donate or Sell Your Clothes
One of our readers has a great blog on living a non-consumer lifestyle for a year, and she runs a series on dressing well through Good Will. You’ll be inspired and surprised at what her frugal readers find, and highly recommend her blog: My Year Without Spending.
Contest Deadline Approaching
For those of you interested in cleaning out your closet and winning $50 for doing so, please read the rules and send me your photos by Monday, April 27 at 5 pm Pacific. Howard is in the lead now, and it would be a shame to let him win with no competition.
Next week we’ll talk about bathrooms, cleaning products, and decluttering/organization websites before moving into May’s theme, which is MONEY. We’ve got some good stuff on the way with guest bloggers and a new contest. Stay tuned!