Several times over the years I've mentioned that we've been doing a lot of "purging" around our house, getting rid of excess items that we don't need or have use for anymore. An interesting side to this project has been that the more I get rid of, the more I find to get rid of! My recent clean out was my closet, and it was a no holds barred situation. With the encouragement of several friends, I just decided that things had to go, and there was no waffling. I did really well, and I am so pleased with the results.
One of the reasons I had for wanting to do this was due to the 4 storage bins that sit in our spare bedroom. These hold my off season clothing. It worked, but it had a lot of disadvantages. First off, every time the season changed, I had to get everything out and let it hang for a while so that the wrinkles would come out. Sometimes they did, sometimes they didn't. Then there was the issue of forgetting about things I already had, and perhaps buying the same thing or something very similar by accident. You know, "out of sight, out of mind" kind of thing. These bins also took up a bit of space that I could be using for something else. Plus they were plastic, and I remember Martha Stewart talking about how storing your clothing in plastic isn't really good for the fibers. And last, but certainly not least, just the whole process of switching everything around was a hassle. It had to change.
Today I am proud to say that I am now the proud owner of 4 empty bins! After the big closet clean out, I realized that I had enough space to hang all of my clothing for all 4 seasons in one closet. I started slowly, making sure as I emptied each one that everything would fit. I tossed a couple of things and I have a small bag to donate, but everything else fit! YIPEE!!!
The empty storage bins aren't going to go to waste either, I need them to organize my doll stuff a bit. My collection is all over the place, but with just a couple of these bins, I should be able to sort things out and make it look less cluttered. There are even going to be a few things that are going to leave out of that stuff as well.
I've cut way back on my thrift store shopping and I think that has helped. When I do go, I'm much more particular about what comes home with me. And if something hasn't worked out, I don't feel bad about it or hang on to it in hopes it will. I just look at what I spent on it as a monetary donation to the cause, and I re-donate it somewhere. Just because it didn't work for me doesn't mean that someone else won't love it.
2017 is the year of reorganize for me. We've lived here 6 1/2 years, and it's time to really assess what we have, what we are using and what we aren't using. Plus try and organize things better than they have been. So far so good, and it's only February! Fingers crossed I can keep going for the rest of the year, and then I can relax in 2018.