It’s closet time!!!

I had a run at my clothes cabinet a couple of weeks back, as a start on my big closet declutter task.

You know how they say we pretty much use only about 20% of our stuff, 80% if the time. I found this very true, when it comes to the clothing I use. I have some pieces that I use pretty much all the time, and some that are almost never (if ever) worn.

So I decided it was time to clean up shop, and continue what I started a couple of weeks ago. So that I could get the clothes out of here ๐Ÿ™‚

I use my declutter system for closet clean ups, just like with everything else.

The rule is to be honest with yourself when deciding what to keep.

KEEP:

  • love and use
  • use daily, weekly, monthly or even maybe yearly
  • that they fit, and I look good in them

OUT THE DOOR:

  • have not used the last 12 months
  • will not use the next 12 months
  • no longer fits
  • do not look good on me – even if they fit
  • clothes I don’t feel comfortable in – even if they fit, or even look great on me. (Why would I wear clothes I’m not comfortable in?ย If I wonโ€™t actually use them โ€“ they gotta go)

NOT SURE – items Iย have a hard time making a quick decisions on for the following reasons:

  • might have a use for the next 3, 6 or 12 monthsย –ย but I’m not really sure because they:
    • do fit, but will I actually use them? I might have an intention to use them this coming summer/fall/winter
    • might not be a perfect fit, maybe even a size down from where I am right now, but there is โ€œintentionโ€ to fit into them within the next 6 months. Is that what we call wishful thinking? ๐Ÿ˜‰

So how did I go about it?

I pulled ALL the content from my closet one category at the time: pants, office shirts, t-shirts, jackets and so on, you get the drift.

As I pulled them out, I sorted them into my Keep, Out-the-door and Not sure piles.

Everything in the Keep and Not sure pile, I tried on, to make sure they fit and looked good (or decent ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) on me.

  • Everything that did not fit that bill, went into the out-the-door pile.
  • Not sure items, that survived thisย exercise, went into my allowance box.

From the out-the-door pile, I pulled out everything that I could give away or donate. I packed them nicely into some plastic bags (since the donate station I use, don’t take boxes), and went down to the donation station with them right away (just down the road).

A couple of tips: ย 

When you give away/donate, it’s always nice if you canย place the items neatly into a box or a bag. Make sure they are clean, and that you have emptied the pockets first ๐Ÿ™‚

Before putting anything back in the closet, it might be a good idea to dust, vacuum and even paint the walls if you want a fresh, new look ๐Ÿ™‚

How did I do?

Closet TALLY ๐Ÿ˜‰ = ย 54 items out-the-door

8 shorts – surf shorts and regular shorts
1 swim top
1 bikini bottom
2 knee length pants
1 bicycle t-shirt
1 pair of indoor “shoes”
4 office shirts
3 sweater
1 knitted hat
1 fleece buff
2 regular buffs
1 scarf Stockings – a bunch (counted as 1)
1 par of socks
3 of my dad’s ties
12 unused unmentionables
5 pairs of jeans – 2 worn, 3 unused (but sadly to small)
1 pair of office pants
1 top
1 T-shirt
1 knitted jacket
1 pair of insoles
1 belt

And believe it or not, I still have stuff left in my closet, that I can get rid off! How about them apples?

Oh well, that’s for another day. Now? I think I deserve a coffee mocha ๐Ÿ˜‰

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16 comments

    • Anne Lene

      Thank you, it seems to work for me at least ๐Ÿ˜‰ and I’ve gotten really good at being more “ruthless” about it, so much less stuff is staying going through things this year. And not much are going into the allowance box either ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’ll post a picture if my decluttered closet, when I’ve gotten the next batch out of there ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  1. nrhatch

    Yay, you!

    One tip: put everything back in the closet with the hangers facing in one direction. When you wear something, turn the hanger around. In 3-6 months, consider donating the items on hangers still facing the original direction.

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    • Anne Lene

      I actually did that ๐Ÿ™‚ and I also folded the clothes different than I normally do, so I can see which ones do not get used ๐Ÿ˜‰ but completely forgot to write it into the post, bummer ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. My Light Bag

    One rule I tend to override is the ‘if-you-haven’t-worn-it-in-the-last-twelve-months’ one. Simple because I have clothes that are classic pieces (black dresses, elegant shawls etc.) that can be worn and reworn at any age in the future. So I keep my classic pieces but let go of any funky fashion ones I definitely no longer like. Well done for your declutter!

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    • Anne Lene

      How fun, I do the same, keep my classic ones, and I can keep them for years. But these shoes, sorry to say are more along the funky fashion ones ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  4. purpleslobinrecovery

    Wow, great job! And I do hope you treated yourself to that coffee mocha!!
    I’ve joined an online de-clutter challenge this month. So far, doing great! (Of course, it’s only been 2 days! But still!)
    I love yor writing style! Glad we “met” and are friends!
    Melinda

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    • Anne Lene @ MinimalistSometimes

      I’m sure I did (on the mocha that is). I need to get back on that declutter waggon I’ve fallen off lately. Not sure I’m ready for a declutter challenge, but I have slowly started up again.. so there is hope ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’m glad we met to. And your writing have got me in stitches already so I really like your style!

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