Writing this I am actually feeling a bit embarrassed. In my own worldview I am a conscious buyer and even a frugal one. I like to think that I think before I buy and don’t buy a lot. That is at least what I thought…
The reason for these feelings is that a few days ago I cleaned out my closet…. I knew that I had way too much clothes, but had no idea how bad it really was. I have been thinking about cleaning out my closet a lot lately (especially since it has been a while), but the last straw came, while away in Denmark, Dear Husband said he tried to put some clean laundry in my closet and literally had to push it in there!
I have an ongoing dream of a minimalistic closet with only a few versatile items that I can mix and match. One of my best friend asks me how it is going with that every time we meet and every time I have to admit that I am still thinking about it, but still haven’t done anything concrete about it.
So this weekend, I decided that enough is enough, and pulled everything out of the closet onto the bed and started sorting. So much clothes! I was more selective than ever before and got rid of 4 big trash bags; 1 for recycling, 2 for donations and 1 to sell off to the local second hand shop.
The thing is that even after all this, my closet is still not empty. Emptier than it was before, yes, but not empty. Even though I can now see every item of clothing that I own, I still have too much and could easily do with even less.
So why am I embarrassed? First of all, because of the discrepancy between the perception of myself and what reality showed me. Secondly, because when looking at all those bags, I saw so much waste of both money and resources, and that made me ashamed as well.
So I hope that I at least learned something from all this. And as I really have no need to buy anything for at least a year, that is a goal I want to set for myself. Let’s see if I succeed with that.
What about you? What is your closet status? Too much? Too little? How do you keep order and how often do you go through it?