Monday, April 7, 2014

Coming out of the closet

It’s really more like throwing it out of the closet.

I generally give my closet a good, thorough purging at least once a year, but since I didn’t complete this ritual at all in 2013, it is long overdue. Our daughter, Kennedy, was conceived in January of last year, and by all accounts, it looked as if I began gaining weight with her as soon as the sperm reached my egg. And trust me, it is extremely difficult to find the motivation to go through, fold, and rearrange all the cute clothing that you simply won’t be wearing for the foreseeable future. Seemingly overnight, my cute cardigan sweaters, skinny jeans, and Be Present yoga gear became sartorial relics of my former self.

So I just did nothing and let it pile up.

But since I have regained some semblance of what I was size-wise, the time has come to dive back in and reorganize. Here’s my rule of thumb: Set out to create three piles – one pile is for stuff that you know right off the bat you want to discard; the second pile is for stuff you are fairly certain you want to keep; and then there is the maybe pile. You know, what I’m talking about, the stuff you know damn well you’ll probably never wear again, but, for some unknown reason you can’t let go of. Take this pile of emotional baggage and set it somewhere in your house where you rarely go. (If you’re like me, that would be the oven.) Put the pile in that area, shut the door, and go about your life. If three months go by and you do not return to that area to retrieve something, then you know that you can live without it. Toss it. Get rid of everything in that pile.

You won’t wear it anyway.

You will be okay.

So the photo on the right is what remains. Easter Seals is coming bright and early tomorrow, and I’ve already got my bags by the garage door so that I can run them out to the curb before the sun comes up, at which point there will be no turning back. Which reminds me…I have to clean out the closet by the back door. The other day I opened it up and got pummeled by an avalanche of baseball caps and stray mittens.

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32 comments:

  1. Ok the OVEN really? ;) I have to do this too. Urgh it is the one job I hate and I have no excuse for not doing it last year. Nice job. I may start. ... tomorrow.

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    1. Good Morning, Ray! The oven. Yes, really. While I can throw something together in a pinch, I really don't know how to cook, I don't like to cook, and because Scott is a professional chef, thankfully, I don't really have to cook. (I didn't just marry him for his brawn...and he didn't marry me for my cooking. ;-)

      Thank you for commenting!

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  2. See when I get hit on the head with things from the closet is when I know for sure, without a doubt it's time to clean it out. I seem to do that with all the other closets in the house but my own closet I clean out once a year and give stuff to goodwill. This way there room for new stuff!

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    1. "Room for new stuff."

      I like how you think, Susie! More specifically, more room for cashmere sweaters. :-)

      I can't help myself.

      Thank you for commenting!

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  3. Nice job! I did this when I turned my den into a walk in closet. Ever since then I have been able to keep up with it because everything is out in the open. A couple other rules I follow: I keep one of those reusable bags behind the door. If I happen to try something on after having not worn it for months and I hate the way it looks, it's going in the bag immediately. No hemming and hawing. At the end of the month it goes to Goodwill. Also, I spent nearly $100 on those velvet hangers for my clothing racks when I transformed the closet. Those bad boys were expensive, so I limit my shopping based on the number of hangers I have. For example, if I buy something and I don't have any extra velvet hangers to hang it with, I have to get rid of something else immediately. Surprisingly, this has worked for nearly a year now! Any time I'm tempted to buy more hangers, I stop myself. This is good for me because it's too easy to let stuff pile up when you're thrift shopping since it's soooo cheap.

    So happy you purged! Great way to start the season. And I spy a beautiful trench coat. I LOVE trench coats!

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  4. Thank you, Dina!! And that is wonderful advice!! I'm really trying to minimize my purchases, as I have a ton of stuff that I never even wear as it is. So much! I'm fortunate that this house has a ton of closet space -- most of which I've already seized control of, but I digress -- but I have to watch it because I can stuff them with useless items that I'll never wear...IF I'm not careful.

    I do like those velvet hangers, but my absolute faves are the sturdy cedar wood ones. Yum! lol

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  5. Awesome! Looks great! I clean my closet often either give items to family or take items to goodwill...I don't have much closet space and I live by the belief that you have to get rid of something to receive something.

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    1. Hi, Takei!! "Get rid of something to receive something..."

      I totally believe in this creed. I do adhere to the notion that if something is not of use, then it is simply clogging up energies -- and space -- and needs to be let go of!

      (However, I'll be the first to admit that I don't always practice what I preach on this one...)

      Thank you for commenting. :-)

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  6. I just cleaned out my closet 2 weeks ago. I had two big bags of clothes I donated to Salvation Army and also two big bags of my daughter's clothing. I still got a long ways to go to organize my whole doggone apartment!!! LOL!

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    1. Easy does it, Louida! You're making tremendous progress! #GottaStartSomewhere

      Thank you for commenting -- and donating! :-)

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  7. Hilarious great share though I must admit I love cleaning out my closet every season it makes me feel cleansed and free for some reason. I can't imagine waiting a year lol. Watch out for those falling caps in your other closet :)

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    1. Hey, Mari! Yeah, well, I've been either pregnant, nursing, or both since the tail end of 2010 -- and if I had been my regular self -- wearing my regular-sized clothes, then suspect I may have done things differently. When you're wearing nothing but maternity tanks and cargo pants, there is little motivation to get all Martha Stewart-y and organize your closet.

      I'm getting back to my regular self now, though. ;-)

      Thank you for commenting. :-)

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  8. I really need to organize the closet. My husband would appreciate it. We have to share, you see.

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    1. Hey, there! Yeah, I feel you...just do it in little increments so that it doesn't overwhelm you...

      While The Hubs and I are fortunate to have separate walk-ins, we *could* end up sharing before it's all over because I've basically taken over all the closets in this house, save for the kids', so I may be coming for his when it's all said and done. lol

      Thank you for commenting. Oh! And I thought of you last night while The Hubs was watching Game of Thrones! I actually almost tweeted you, but didn't want to disturb you...

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  9. Hey, your blog is so fabulous! I nominated you for the Liebster Award! :) http://www.frecklesandcursewords.com/2014/04/liebster-award.html

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    1. Thank you, thank you, thank you, s jones!!! Please don't be mad, but I respectfully have to decline because I already accepted The Liebster nom not too long ago, and I wrote about it here:

      http://www.thebrowngirlwithlonghair.com/2014/02/ten-things-mothers-do-when-nobody-is.html

      Additionally, I was also nominated an additional two other times within the past two weeks.

      Trust me, if I hadn't already accepted this award, I'd be all over your nomination like a cheap suit!!

      Thank you times a million for nominating me!! Let's keep in touch!! :-)

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  10. Looks good! I actually love closet cleaning. I am like the anti hoarder - I love throwing stuff away and probably do it more than I should. I recently trashed all of my husbands sweaters that looked like something Chandler Bing would wear and it was so liberating!! I trash my own stuff too, but none of mine looks like anything a Friend would have worn in the 90s. Cheers!

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    1. See, yeah...I need to be more like you. I do feel really good after I purge closets and drawers, I do! But, it's like there is some sort of emotional-baggage-thing going on in my head that prevents me from letting go of clothing with ease. I need therapy.

      (lol about your hub's old sweaters!)

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  11. Guuuuuuuurrrrrlllll, let's not even go there. I still have stuff in boxes that I haven't unpacked when I moved over 3 years ago. By now I should just lift the boxes and take them outside because whatever is in them, I don't know and obviously don't need it or miss it, but I just can't yet. Clothes are so much easier to handle. The closet looks great.

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    1. Angela, lol, you so remind me of the episode that involved my husband and I packing up the condo I bought before we got married. We had just purchased this house, and we were trying to figure out what from my condo we will keep, and what we will toss...

      So Scott looks me square in the face and goes, "If a thief busted into this place in the dead of night, and threw half of this shit away...you wouldn't even miss it."

      I just stared at him blankly and replied, "You know what? You're right." Out all of it went. And I haven't missed it since.

      Thank you so much for commenting!

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  12. I just moved and I thought I had cleared out so much, but goodness, I have so much cap everywhere! I get to make the excuse that I was pregnant while packing, but now I'm paying the consequences!

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    1. OMG, April, my condolences. I'm sure packing while pregnant was a major PITA, so kuddos to you for getting through it...

      Just do a little bit at a time. Don't overwhelm yourself; take it slow...

      Thank you for commenting. <3

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  13. I love purging my closet. It makes me so happy to throw out/donate things I know don't suit me any more. Once the weather cooperates I'll do a big spring overhaul. But unfortunately I still need my sweaters...in April!

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    1. Hi, Melissa! Ahh, yes, same here with the sweaters. :-)

      The big chucky ones have been relegated to my storage closet, but the thinner cotton and 2-ply cashmere ones will have staying power until June in these parts...

      Thank you so much for commenting. :-)

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  14. I am the absolute worst at hanging on to things I'll never wear again. Because we're getting ready to put the house on the market, I've had to make myself get rid of things I haven't even touched in months. But it's soooo hard. I'm at the point in my life too, where I have to accept that things that looked great on me when I was 21 look, um, not so good on me at 30.

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    1. Oh, Paige, we're of the same ilk, we are. Let me tell you how bad I am: I'm all "Oh! I LOVE this skirt...yeah, I haven't worn it since 1999...and I'm 100% certain that I will never wear it again...but, oh, I had SO MUCH fun that night that I wore it at blah, blah, blah."

      That is NOT a reason to keep said skirt. I need help Paige, I do. Thank you for your empathy. And for commenting.

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  15. Courtney, it's like you're in my head....WHOA! If I haven't worn something in a year, it's out the door. BEST HIGH FIVE EVER! Spring cleaning taken seriously :) You did a great job-it looks awesome-the "after" picture I mean... ;)
    -Sandra

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    1. Hey, Sandra! Thanks for the compliment and high five...I'll take it.

      Now, if only I can summon the gumption to tackle that closet by the back door. That thing needs some serious help! lol

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  16. You have inspired me. I have bins and bins of "skinny' clothes that I'm 10 lbs away from getting just one butt cheek back into! They say your closet is a metaphor for your mind...so I hope you feel as refreshed as your new closet. Now, when ya coming to do mine?!

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    1. lol, thanks, Kristen! Your comment made me smile...okay, what's up with this: I would much rather clean your closet than the closet by the back door! Why is that? I am not even joking. If you lived, say, next door, I swear on my Jimmy Choos, I would be over there to help you in a flash.

      But I'd rather sweep the basement floor than clean that damn back closet.Ugh.

      p.s. Do NOT throw away your skinny clothes. You'll get back. I have faith in you.

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  17. I'm afraid to clean out my closet. It's stuffed full right now. I suppose it should be something I conquer here soon though. Hope you have a great day!

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    1. Mornin', Heidi! Yeah, we're defintely cut from the same cloth. I didn't really do this closet overhaul voluntarily. When I came to the realization that I couldn't tell a pair of pants from a sweater because both were coexisting in one unorganized heap, I knew, for the love,that I had to do something.

      Thank you so much for commenting!

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