While I was participating in Me Made May, I spent time looking through my closet to find things that I’d made and as I was digging, I realized how much stuff I have that I just never wear. I think most of us are in the same boat. We hold on to clothes that we think we might wear if we have the right occasion, or we hope it’ll fit us again after we lose that 10+ pounds. Maybe we are holding on to that shirt for sentimental reasons. Regardless, they sit in our closets or drawers being passed over every day and whether we realize it or not, they weigh us down and take up space both physically and emotionally. For anyone who has done a purge before, you know how freeing it can be. How it feels like a weight being lifted.
So that’s how The Great Closet Purge came about. I realized that there were just too many things that I was holding on to that I need to release. Like many others, I read (most of) The Life-changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo (affiliate link) and was inspired to do a complete overhaul of my home. But (like some others, I assume) I never got around to actually doing it! Well, I’m not committing to a whole home declutter just yet, but I am going to start with my clothes and maybe that’ll inspire me to move on to other parts of the house.
Want to join me!?
This is going to be really casual. I thought about this a couple nights ago and thought I’d throw it out there. I thought it would be fun to get other people on board for extra motivation and accountability. Anyone who is interested in doing a big wardrobe purge, I encourage you to join! No real rules or anything, just participate however you want or can, but I will have some tips and suggestions along the way.
When is this happening?
NOW! Sorry there isn’t a lot of warning here, but this is flash mob style. I really believe that you can’t wait for the right time or plan ahead – when you have the energy to do it, you just have to go for it. If you wait, that fire is just going to fizzle out and it’ll be too late. So start now, or if you already started earlier, finish it now. I’m setting the end date of next Sunday, June 14, just so we have a deadline (can’t drag it out forever). If you can’t get it done in that window, that’s ok! Just do what you can.
So the dates are June 6-14, 2015. You’ve got two weekends and the week in between.
What are we doing?
EVERYTHING! Kidding, but not really. This challenge is focusing on clothes, but that includes not just your shirts and pants, but jackets, socks, underwear, shoes, hats, scarves, everything. Make sure you dig everything out of everywhere – laundry room, under the bed, in the “to mend” pile, in the hallway closet, etc. Start by throwing all your dirty clothes in the laundry and while that’s in, start with whatever feels easiest and dive in.
Alright, I’ve got some ideas and suggestions that I’m going to share really soon, but I feel like that’s enough to get you thinking and maybe even get you started!
Oh and if you want to join in and post your progress, advice, frustrations or hesitations on social media, be sure to use the #thegreatclosetpurge2015 hashtag (long, I know) and that way we can all support each other!!
Are you in? What’s your best piece of purging advice??