My goal for the month of May is to go through my clothes. This is my worst clutter area in the house (besides Wayne’s stuff). It’s organized, but there are a lot of them. I’d like to get rid of at least a quarter of them and I’m aware that this is an aggressive goal. I have clothes that don’t fit me now, but I’d still like to keep. I need to figure out a system for what to keep and how to store them. I shift summer and winter clothes to the closet upstairs and this needs to be easier.
I’m currently keeping most of my clothes in large space saver bags. It would be easier to keep clothes organized by themes: summer, winter, clothes that don’t fit me now, etc. I know that Feng Shui dictates not keeping the clothes that don’t fit me now, but this is one thing I know I won’t be able to do.
We are also having our floors redone upstairs this month. And I will need to pack up and move almost everything temporarily. It’ll give me a chance to get rid of items I don’t use that are in the dresser or in the bedroom.
I recently found and looked through this book about having organized closets. For the most part, I thought I had organized closets, but this book goes well beyond anything I could’ve of imagined. I realized that even though I move summer and winter clothes in and out of it, I still have some clothes in my closet that I don’t wear regularly. I’d like to get to the point that I only have things around me that I use on a regular basis. I think this would allow me to appreciate everything in my life.
From Sweeping Changes by Gary Thorpe:
“Your home is an extension of yourself; therefore, when your home is in turmoil, your life is in turmoil. However, when you attend to your home, you begin to feel less hurried and more in tune with the world around you.”
Wayne and I were planning on putting in hardwood floors upstairs in our home. As it turns out we have 2 sets of hardwood floors below our carpet. The top layer is in pretty good condition, but the previous owner had the hardwood screwed in so the floor wouldn’t squeak beneath the carpet. The floor refinishing company said they could fill all of the holes the screws created and it would just cost a little more.
I love the thought of just using what we already have. It’s less than half the cost, it will look better, and it’ll add value to our home. Sometimes new isn’t better.
I love this drawing because it accurately describes what I’ve been trying to do over these last few months. First, I have been trying to use what I already have before I buy anything. I’ve also borrowed things instead of renting or buying when I know I’ll only need the item once. Making something is interesting. I haven’t done that this year, but I have done it in the past when I can’t find something I need. Try using it. It’s helpful and it’ll save you money.
This week I started working more hours, but still found the time to work on my getting rid of one thing everyday. I’m still working on my home office and the books inside.
Last night, I went to a new mall with some friends. I saw a few items that caught my eye, but immediately weighed the pros and cons of buying that item implies. If I couldn’t imagine using that item, I immediately dismissed the thought of buying.
I did buy a cute hair band and analyzed if I’d wear it, how, the cost, etc. I could visualize how I’d use this item. I wore it today and I have to say that I’m happy with the purchase. I like the fact that I’m being overly cautious with what I bring into my home. I’d like to make sure that I use everything I own.
Today, I went to an auction looking for things to sell. Interestingly enough, during the preview, I found most of the stuff junk. I’ve purchased and sold things before that I didn’t need/want, but I could at least see the need or value to others. But today, it took me awhile to get into the buying mode. Most likely since I haven’t been in it for the last few months.
I found myself watching what others were interested. Some people buy things to sell online, in their store or at a swap meet. I wondered if there were people buying things just for themselves.
I only bought 2 auctions, and normally I buy quite a few. But the more I buy, the more I have to do to get everything listed online. Or perhaps I didn’t want more clutter.
There were several lots that went for $5-10 and normally I’d jump on bidding, but today I thought about how much time it would take to sort through it all. It’s clear to me that my thinking about owning items has changed in the last few months.