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August 2, 2008

De-clutter…

Filed under: Uncategorized — by rlaughlin @ 4:33 pm

The word baffles me, it really does.  How does one de-clutter?  I know the answer but looking at a few websites with de-clutter instruction has helped.  I think it’s easy to do.  I had a friend who needed a whole house make over so another friend and I did it for her.  I threw stuff out like a bandit.  A year later she was still making comments about having a certain item once upon a time.  That was an extreme case and now I think I’ve reached the point that I need to let go of clutter.

De-Clutter item of the day…Clothes

So far I have 5 bags of clothes for the Goodwill and one for a kid who can wear Noah’s old stuff.  The scary thing is that I’m still over run with clothes.  How does this happen?  Am I more comfortable with a ton of clothes in my house?  Being the youngest of 6 kids, I have memories of laundry on Saturday mornings.  The chore consisted of my Mother standing between the washer and dry with a basket and she would throw clothes into piles. The piles were so big that I would climb on them, of course I would be corrected and told to go get more dirty clothes for her to sort.  I don’t remember if I did that but I remember those huge piles of dirty laundry in the basement.

Maybe that’s what makes me comfortable with all the clothes.  Who knows?!?

I know this…my Mother was doing laundry for 9 people.  There are only 3 in this house and I have piles of clothes that remind me of my childhood.  Time to make a change!  So today is clothes de-clutter day.

Here’s a goal for the day…(they say to start with easy ones)…if I pick up an article of clothing and think I should keep it for a possible Halloween costume…It NEEDS to be thrown out!

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2 Comments »

  1. I totally remember there being an unnatural amount of laundry at your Mom’s house. Always. It was always there.

    Comment by April — August 3, 2008 @ 6:33 am |Reply

  2. Here. I found this while skulking on the ‘net:

    How are you doing with de-cluttering your wardrobe? Here are the remaining questions that you can ask yourself about all of those clothes that are taking over your life. We are in the home stretch now and well on our way to organized closets.

    Is the item in good condition? Fading, tears and worn spots are a signal that it should go in the rag bag, not on your body.

    Will you alter this piece to make it wearable? Pants that have been too long since you bought them five years ago, meaning to hem them, still can’t be worn.

    Is the color right for you? If the color makes your skin look sallow, why keep it?

    Is the pattern right for you? Bad patterns can call attention to your flaws.

    Does the item have a sense of style? Does it contribute to your personal taste and style?

    Have you outgrown this look? The little black minis or oversized sweatshirts that you wore in college might not work anymore now that your style has evolved.

    Do you have several of the same item? Ten pairs of black pants and one pair of legs doesn’t make sense. Keep your two favorites and weed out the rest of them.

    When is the last time you wore this piece? If it has been a year or more, ask yourself why it never comes out of your closet. Chances are that whatever the reason, you don’t need to keep the item.

    And lastly, does the item of clothing feel right? Sometimes, no matter how perfect the color, cut and style, you just don’t feel right when you wear it. You might not even be able to put your finger on the reason. If it just doesn’t feel like you, pass the item on where it can find a new home with someone who will be a good fit.

    Comment by April — August 3, 2008 @ 6:37 am |Reply


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