January 08, 2017

Speaking of closet cleaning: Best tips for paring down your stuff

It's no secret I enjoy cleaning out closets. And now that the maelstrom of the holiday season (and sickness – both baby and I were down for the count) is over, I tackled my closets again.

I'm a big fan of the KonMari method. (Have you read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up?) Running through the house, gathering everything in one place, and evaluating it all at once before putting (or giving) it away is thorough. Plus, touching each item to see if it "sparks joy" is not as crazy as it may sound.

All the shoes in one place. 
In the past six months, I've made my way through the entire house at least twice. Books, movies, CDs, memorabilia, clothes, shoes: Everything has been sorted, evaluated and tossed/recycled/stashed.

Interested in doing something similar? Here are my favorite resources/tips if you're looking to pare down:

  • Read Marie Kondo's The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. (Obviously.)
  • Want to cull your closet and create a capsule wardrobe? The AEO blog post has excellent tips – and worksheets! (Like the suggestion to make five piles when you clean out your closet: Yes, Maybe, Sell, Donate, Toss)
  • Look for a local consignment store to sell your clothes. It's easier than trying to make cash using social media or eBay. 
  • Don't want to toss old clothes in the trash? Pack up any worn out, stained or torn clothes and take them to H&M! Drop them off at their recycling bin (usually by cash) and they'll give you a coupon for $5 off a purchase of $30.
  • One of my favorite blogs is The Non-Consumer Advocate. Great source of inspiration.
  • Buy less. Save your money. See if you can make do with what you have before needing to buy something new.