I accepted the “de-clutter” challenge and long story short, I feel short of my goal. I got like 3-ish of the five areas completed.
Well, this is me hopping right back into the challenge and seeing things through to completion.
Are ya with me?
Mr. Gibbs and my bedroom was on the list, let’s start there, shall we?
First up, my dresser. She’s a big one, that one, isn’t she? Yep, but I don’t have much of a closet, so the majority of my clothing must fit in here.
I am not sure what overcame me with the quatrefoil mirror. I suppose staring at Kate’s over at Centsational Girl every week didn’t influence my decision in purchasing it.
I decided to start this project because I was faced with this. A laundry basket FULL? OVERFLOWING? with clothes needing a home.
But ya see they will not all fit in there. And that is why I need to purge. That and the fact that I have quite a few clothes that are not flattering. And when I wear them I feel uncomfortable. Yeah, I am done with unflattering, uncomfortable clothes.
Alright, let’s start tearing apart those drawers, shall we?
And those bathing suits? Seriously, polka dots on my large rear.. no. What was I thinking? I am quite sure I wore this once. Why was I holding onto this?
And so the story continued. For the better part of an hour I sorted and purged and asked myself hard questions. Like:
Why am I holding onto this?
I think I found the answer from one of my favorite author/bloggers Gretchen Rubin. Gretchen is the author of the book, “The Happiness Project” and the blog by the same name. I actually read her book first, and now enjoy regular nuggets of wisdom from her blog. Seriously, if you don’t know Gretchen, hop on over and get to know her.
One of the subjects that she tackles in the book and regularly on the blog is clutter and the impact it has on our feeling of well-being or happiness.
She recently posted a lovely video on this very subject: “I Can’t Get Rid of My Stuff”. Watch it. If you are visiting Wilbur Road today because you too are in the process of cleaning up your home, making it more organized or de-cluttering I guarantee you will enjoy Gretchen’s post.
One of the gems in this post is the idea that we hold onto possessions because of the false sense of value we place on things. Especially once they become ours. This skirt was a perfect example. Isn’t it cute? It was not, however, flattering. But I held onto it and wore it. Armed with my newly found self-awareness, I tossed her right into the Goodwill box.
And several other items followed. Like about a third of my wardrobe.
What did I learn from this exercise?
- If I didn’t wear it, like ever, I tossed it. No brainer.
- If it doesn’t fit, I tossed it. I probably looked like an idiot in it.
- One does not need 8 pairs of running shorts. Especially if you run sporadically.
- My wardrobe should consist of clothes that make me feel good and look good. If your feet are bare and you find yourself in downward facing dog, that is the only appropriate time to wear yoga pants in public.
- Closing my dresser drawers is much easier when they are not crammed full.
Now I do not dread laundry day. OK, not as much. Because I actually have a place for all of my clothing now. I know, brilliant.
This feeling is contagious. Where to next? The kitchen perhaps?
Thanks so much for hanging out with me ladies!
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