Thursday, December 31, 2015

12 Day Declutter challenge day 4! YOU

  Thursday! How are you already here!? On top of it being thursday it is also the LAST day of 2015!!
What a whirlwind this year has been. It's been full of so many ups, downs, and everything in between. This year I had my beautiful son, lost a very loved red headed boy who was my brother through love, lost weight, gained it back, lost more, fought with my husband, loved my husband, learned that our marriage can withstand it all, had PPD, DEFEATED PPD, started a blog, changed my whole life, and learned that even when life is so incredibly hard it is all so worth it.  That was a huge sentence... but you get my point. This year has been the hardest, most amazing year of my life.
  All the support, love, and humor you readers have brought me fills me to the brim with joy. THANK YOU!!!

  I'm sure you are all busy making your resolutions, and wondering how your life is going to change in 2016. That answer is up to YOU. You are the driving force behind all that will happen in 2016. Let's make this the BEST year yet.
 Now that my sap story is over let us jump into today's challenge! Today is all about YOU.

  I am a clothes hoarder... I have stuff from like... 2009 that doesn't even come CLOSE to fitting me. But I always tell myself "OH! Save that! You'll fit in that one day!" 
 That may be true. I might slim down to that size again, but an accomplishment like that deserves new things. I've tried purging my closet before, but I can't seem to let go. I've looked at all the Pinterest posts about how to empty your closet. I tried the backwards hanger thing, and just didn't do it. Today is the day. 
 I think I hold on to all the clothes that I do because I'm still holding on to that size of person I was. I hold on to the shirt I wore on my first date with my husband, and the jeans that don't even make it to my thighs anymore because I miss that girl. The thing we need to realize, and I mean we; is we are no longer that person. At all. Since those clothes stop fitting, or just haven't been worn we have grown as people. We have loved, lost, laughed, learned... We will never be the same person we were in those size 6 jeans. Instead we are different, and that is a good thing. So it's time to stop living in the past, and start looking to the future. Who knew we could do all that just by purging clothes.
It's step time!
Step One! Get a 2 trash bags, 2 boxes, or 2 bins. You need two to sort things out.  One of the box/bag/bins will be for clothes that go to donation/sell. The next will be for things that need to be tossed in the garbage. 
Step Two! Take a deep breath. Getting rid of all these clothes will make you feel better. 
Step Three! It's time to start purging. I started with my collection of stupid tshirts. I seriously had 40 tshirts, and I maybe wore 10 of them. I picked the ones that were in good condition, and truly meant something to me, and kept them. The rest went to the bags. All of the gross, ripped, stained ones when into the trash box. The one's that could still be used went into the donation box. 
Step Four: Sox, underwear, and "intimates". These things should not be donated or sold. Is it ripped, unwearable, gross, or doesn't fit? If the answer is yes to any of those questions, it's time to say goodbye. 
Step Five: Let's move to pants! Do they fit? No? Okay bye! If they are in good shape donation/sell. If they are gross they go. (You should be seeing a theme on what to sell, and what to trash.) I kept one pair of "gardening pants" just incase. This should be done with jeans, slacks, yoga pants, leggings, panty hose, jeggings, palazzo pants, pajamas, and whatever kind of pant you have. If it covers your butt it's pants. Simple enough!
Step Six: Blouses, Jackets, Sweaters! Same thing as the rest of clothes, donate/sell the good. Trash the bad!
Step Seven: SHOES. This one is a little different. If I hadn't worn them in over a year, it was time to part ways unless they were really expensive, or special occasion shoes. 
Step Eight: Anything else you own! 
Step Nine: Decide what you want to do with your donation pile. I took mine to a store that bought the whole load. Check online to see if there is a store near you that will buy your old clothes. I made 87 dollars on all the stuff! For the unsellable things I found a bin that recycles old clothes which is so much less wasteful then throwing them out. 
  It's so nice having a closet that isn't full of things to remind me what DOESN'T fit. This leaves more room for all the things that I get to buy! It's a win/win for everyone!!!!

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Happy Purging! AND HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

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