I was compelled to look back at my list of things I’ve decluttered so far and tally the amount of clothing that has left my family’s closets this year. And the numbers are shocking. As of today, the following amounts of clothing and accessories have left our home – most of these items went to several thrift stores we are lucky to have in our neighbourhood, but a few items were passed on to family members and friends.
- 169 articles of adult clothing
- 5 jackets
- 122 articles of kid clothing
- 10 bags, purse and wallets
- 21 pair of shoes (includes both adult and kid sizes)
- 23 pieces of costume jewellery
Clearly clothing has been an issue for me in the past – since my teenage years, I’ve always gravitated towards having more clothing as a means to being more secure with myself. I’ve learned, however, that it is possible to feel secure in ones’ self and still have a small (and functional) wardrobe. If you’re thinking of downsizing your closet, I wholeheartedly recommend it! It’s freeing to be able to devote that mental real estate to other, more enjoyable things. I’m looking forward to the end of my decluttering project and getting into the maintenance phase – I’ve noticed that shopping and looking at clothes no longer holds the same excitement for me that it once did, so I’m secure in the idea that I’ll be able to resist bringing a lot of extra, unnecessary clothing back into my home.
Is there a particular item or group of items that seem to be cluttering your home? Do you favour knick knacks or are you more of a fashionista? Do you have any strategies for keeping your weaknesses under control? I’d love to hear from you!