A time to put away bulky winter wear and make room for the clothing that takes up less space in our closets.
A time to take everything that no longer pleases us and donate it, throw it away, or stash it in a storage bin and put it in the basement for the next 8 months.
A time to realize that those 20 storage bins, some labeled: “T-shirts I cannot throw away” is 100% unnecessary.
I love to declutter (throw things away), and if it were just me I would feel a sense of accomplishment by the countless bags of clothes that are purged/donated each year. Less junk means more space, right? Wrong. It isn’t just me. It’s the hubs too – and he has his own hoarding tendencies that are more severe than my own.
I’ve reverted to closing the door to our spare room to avert my eyes from the explosion of clothes scattered and piled everywhere. Not my mess, not my problem. Just close the door and pretend the mess isn’t there.
Between the ages of 10 to 18, my Mom tried to instill cleanliness into my routine everyday. It never worked. I’m sorry for being so messy, Mom – and for driving you insane.
I am much better now, it only took me 31 years, and living with someone else to know that messes aren’t welcome, especially when they’re not mine.
I think the only way to remedy this situation, and to spark joy in the declutter process is to watch that Netflix show “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo“ – I’ve heard it’s quite motivating for those who need a swift kick. Until the day I can tie down the hubs to watch it with me, I have my own words of wisdom for “tidying up”:
If you answer “NO” to ANY of these 5 questions – THROW IT AWAY!
- Have I worn this in the 12 months?
- Does this still fit me?
- Was this expensive?
- Do I plan on wearing …XYZ…this season?
- Is this brand within my age range? (ahem..those 10-year-old hoodies from Hollister, A&F, Forever21, – toss that shit, you’re too old!)
Maybe I should make a sign?
Maybe this blog post IS my sign.
Maybe I will just keep my fingers crossed and hope he becomes motivated to purge on his own time.
…or maybe I will just throw it all away because chances are he’ll never notice they’re gone. Nah, that’s probably rude.
And it’s not just clothes, its knits too. Just look at this stash collection I’ve created. I have a problem.
I’ve seen worse, obviously, but this is me not buying yarn for MONTHS (except for that one instance last week), I feel like I still haven’t even put a dent in these bins. I have no idea what this yarn is even for? Why did I buy it? Why is it colorful? What was wrong with me? I either need to donate this, make something out of it, and THEN donate, or continue to store it for a rainy day.
Ugh, how do YOU become motivated to purge? I’m asking for a friend.