Have you guys been seeing the articles about the Japanese method of tidying up? I feel like I’ve seen a few summary articles from Refinery 29, New York Times, and others–but it was my brother who shared the actual book, ‘The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing‘ by Marie Kondo, with me. Being a blogger, I’ll admit that there can be some hoarder moments in my life. I can tend to hang on to clothing because “it might be perfect for an outfit one day” or “this trend might come back”. But unfortunately, that leads to a lot of clutter and overall feeling of too much stuff.
I decided to borrow the book and essentially ask myself “does this piece of clothing bring me joy?” to clean out my closet to make some donations for those in need. I specifically focused on fall and winter clothing since that is what will be needed in charities as we head into colder months.
I went through a rack of jackets and sweaters and considered when was the last time I wore the item, what kind of attachment to it I had, how wearing it made me feel–and based my decisions to keep, donate, or sell based off that. Side note: I added some of the items for sale in my Poshmark closet where all proceeds will be donated to my local animal shelter as I announced on Instagram a few months back.
I stocked up on Glad scented with Gain bags so that my donations would smell fresh-from-the-laundry. I went to GladtoGive.com to schedule a free donation pickup which was really helpful since my donation pile was growing by the minute–if you’re cleaning out your closet I highly recommend leaving the heavy lifting to professionals!
After filling up all of the bags, it felt good to let go of items that felt like excess baggage in my closet. It felt good knowing that someone would appreciate a warm coat or sweater for the upcoming season, and that I could share that with someone.
Have you done a closet clean-out recently? What was your experience–regret? Happiness? Anxiety? Joy? Would love to hear your story!
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