As I’ve mentioned before, I’m still working on Konmari, from the book The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up. If you haven’t read it yet and you’re looking to declutter, you definitely should take a look at it. It’s like ‘extreme decluttering.’
Please forgive the terrible picture above. The baby was sleeping and I didn’t want to wake him up. I finally finished my closet. I got rid of so many purses,clothes, and shoes that what you see in my closet is for both fall/winter and spring/summer. The shoes you see hanging I admit are not all of my shoes– my most frequently worn shoes are in the basement– but I have cut down what I wear to just these. My necklaces are hanging there, too, so I can easily find a necklace that matches my outfit. Then my belts hang there– also for that reason. It’s such an easy location; since all my accessories are in the same place, it’s very grab-and-go!
Next on the list was my winter things. I wittled down my collection of hats and scarves to a few favorites, most of them hand-knitted and given to me by my mom or grandmother. I found my favorite gloves and made sure I knew where they were for this coming winter! Right now they’re hanging in the basement closet but we’ll probably move it upstairs when winter rolls around again. This should make winter mornings quick and easy.
I’m going through paperwork right now, which has proven to be a major slog. There’s just so much of it. And since we moved many things downstairs after we knew J would be here, it’s total chaos down there. I do feel much lighter and happier. I realized I was keeping so many things– including my friends’ fourth grade pictures! Who needs that?
We’ve been donating many things that we’ve gotten rid of and we held a garage sale at the beginning of July. We’ll continue to donate as we go, and may even hold another yard sale.
How do you typically get rid of things you don’t use anymore?