Cleaning and Organizing

The Great Closet Clean Out Series

I’ve been avoiding this project for months, but the time has come to tackle my closet disaster.  I have way too many clothes and shoes that I don’t wear.  Some things are too big, some are too small, some are just out of date and I haven’t let them go.

This is going to be a huge project, so I’m taking it in stages. Here is my strategy:

Step 1: Shoes and Accessories

My goal is to purge all shoes that I haven’t worn in at least a year, shoes that are out of style, or shoes that I have duplicates of. (how many pairs of black pumps does one person need?)

I also want to get all of the shoes out of boxes so that I can display them and see what I have when putting outfits together.

Another challenge is storage for purses and scarves.  Right now they are in a laundry basked on the floor.  Not ideal!  I’d like to get them displayed on shelves or hangers and off the floor.

Step 2: Dresses

I love dresses! They are my go-to in the summer time to just throw on and be comfortable.  That being said, I have way too many.  Some are too short, some are not in fashion, some are too tight, and some are just unflattering.  I also have some bridesmaid dresses that I’m holding onto for no apparent reason.

My goal is to purge at least half of my dresses and only keep the ones that I love and feel great in!

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Step 3: Pants

Pants are going to be the hardest part of this process.  I have so many pairs of pants that are ill fitting for different reasons.  I’ve held onto many pairs of jeans from my early 20’s hoping that they fit again and/or come back into style.  It’s time to just be real and get rid of the jeans, even though I paid a STUPID amount of money for them.

Since having my son, my body shape has changed drastically.  I used to carry most of my weight in my hips/thighs/butt, but now my booty has flattened out and I’m carrying a lot of extra weight in my stomach area.  This shift in my body shape has made all of my pants look weird on me.  I’ve got to try on every single pair and get rid of the ones that are too loose in the hips and butt area.  They are SO not flattering!

I’m planning to be really honest with myself on pants day, even though it will be a bit of a blow to my self esteem.  I only want clothes that I feel great in, not any that are a reminder that my body is not what I want it to be.

Step 4: Tops

Tops are going to be the most time consuming of the process because I have SO many to try on.  My challenge here is that I have held onto too many tops that I used to love, but didn’t fit after I gained weight.  Most of those tops fit now, as I’m 20 pounds under my pre-pregnancy weight (still would like to lose about 25 more), but a lot of them are not on trend, so they just need to stop taking up space.

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Step 5: Sell and Donate

Depending on the item, I plan to sell on Ebay or Facebook Marketplace, sell to a consignment store, or donate to Goodwill.

Step 6:  Shop!

This is the fun part!  Once I rid myself of all the clothing that I own that is either out of style or doesn’t fit, I will assess what pieces I need to replace and shop for some new things.  I am going to be very strategic about what I buy, and only bring things into my house that I love and I know I will get a lot of wear out of.  My plan is to still maintain a closet that is not quite minimalist (I love clothes and shoes too much for that!) but not stuffed to the max like it is now.

 

So, there’s my six step plan to get my closet cleaned and organized! This will take me several weeks, but I will continue to update you on my progress!

Wish me luck!

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