I have too much stuff.
I’ve always been someone who held on to things “just in case” a day would come that I would need them. I always have enough crafts for the kid’s school projects without having to buy more. I can always throw together a teacher present, treat bags for a class, find something for the kids to wear for school wacky clothes days or school play costumes. I usually can find a pair of shoes to go with an outfit, a fun purse for any occasion, a book that someone wants to read, and so on, and so on, and so on.
I think you get the point.
I’m not a hoarder, but I think I have hoarder-like tendencies. In that I mean that I like THINGS. I like holding on to the extra hardware that came with the kid’s playpens even though they haven’t been in a playpen for years and who even makes playpens anymore. You’ll never know when you are looking for just that size screw.
If only I were kidding.
I’m a very organized hoarder, but still. A hoarder nonetheless. Given that my 2017 word of the year is SHIFT (not “shit” as my cold fingers just typed on this Saturday morning – and made me giggle), I’m trying to be more thoughtful about not only what I bring in to our home, but finding a new home for the way-to-much-stuff that is currently here and someone else could use.
In this last week, here is what I’ve accomplished:
1. Instead of spending the $50 Reward Certificate from Pottery Barn that has been sitting on my desk for a while on things that aren’t needed here, I shared it with a friend. Her daughter will soon be the new recipient of a new kitty lamp for her bedroom along with pink and white striped hand towels and wash cloths for her bathroom.
2. Instead of throwing away a free oil change certificate that I have had in a drawer for over a year, I shared it with a friend who lives closer to the shop and will definitely benefit from it.
3. Instead of spending my $90 in Old Navy Cash (well, I’d actually have to spend $195 in order to be able to use it), I posted it on Facebook and gave it to a blogger friend.
4. I went through and sorted, repurposed, donated or disposed of 3 bags of basically garbage from a huge IKEA storage unit in my kitchen that had become a dumping ground for anything and everything. Sidenote: apparently, I have a thing for office supplies too. If you need index cards, I’m your girl!
5. All of the hardback books that have been sitting on my bookshelf, waiting for me to read them (or those that had been read and I was keeping for some reason) have now been donated. I was planning on selling them to the Half Priced Books in my area, but the reviews were great (20 hard-cover, current titles were yielding $3.50 total), so I skipped it and just donated them.
6. I finally found a place in my town to recycle the massive pile of toner cartridges that I have accumulated AND purchase refillable ones that are cheaper and guaranteed not to have issues. Super excited about this! (I told you – office supplies!)
7. My closet. The bane of my existence. If you are like me, you really only wear about 20 items on a regular basis, and the rest of the items are there “just in case”:
- I’m going to an 80s party and I need to dress like a character from The Breakfast Club,
- I suddenly come in to money and end up on a vacation where I have to pack 15 maxi dresses,
- I need the exact shade of blue cardigan this particular sweater is that has a small hole in it but I loved it once so I can just put a scarf over that part,
Or the worst –
- Just in case it fits me again
I have a large closet of the “just in case it fits me again” clothes. IN fact, I have 100 gallon plastic containers in my basement of various sizes of my favorites in this category, as well as a gigantic, portable closet that is so full that we had to bolt it in to the concrete wall so it wouldn’t tip over on the kids.
I’m not kidding.
I won’t even get started on the shoes. Some of which I’ve had since the late 90s and for some mysterious reason refuse to get rid of. Like I’m EVER going to wear a royal blue, strappy, 6 inch stiletto again. NOT. There are even some that I purchased “on sale” and have never even left the box.
I tackled my closet and showed no mercy. If it had moved in to this house 2 1/2 years ago and not seen the light of day since, it was going. No excuses. Scarves, purses (I’m felt safe deciding that I am never going to use a gigantic pink leather GUESS bag again), belts, shoes, dresses and tops and pants. IT ALL WENT.
Here’s what the back of my car looked like as I rolled in to Goodwill yesterday. The trunk was full, as well as the front seat.
The sad thing is? My closet still looks full. G couldn’t tell that I had done ANYTHING in there, that’s how full it still looks. So I have divided my clothes in to two racks – the top are things non-everyday clothes. You know, the more dressy stuff. Which, for me, is anything that isn’t LuLaRoe or a tee-shirt. The bottom row contains the items that I wear every day. And the hangers are backwards. At the end of this year, anything with a hangar that hasn’t been turned around is going to be donated. Period.
This is only one section of my closet, there is a whole other one with dresses and pants too.
Did you declare a word of the year? What are you doing to implement it? I’d love to hear about it!