Thursday, April 14, 2011

De-cluttering, therapy for the mover's soul!

Isn't it therapeutic to go through all your things and throw stuff out?! Ahh, I breathe a huge sigh of satisfaction when I get rid of stuff I don't need. Moving is the GREATEST excuse for de-cluttering, but even if you're not moving, don't you love to organize, evaluate and de-junk your stuff?!!! I LOVE IT!

For awhile I was hanging on to my FAVORITE tops and jeans and pants because I thought...I might be able to fit into them someday...HA! Jokes on me...I'm not saying I think I'm fat, sure I wish I were 15-20 pounds smaller than I am now, but let's get real for a sec... I am not one of "those" girls who springs right back into her pre-baby body mere months after they have a baby. I used to be smaller. I loved my clothes from my skinnier days.

My excuses for keeping some of my clothes were:
-I still LOOOVE it (it just doesn't look good on me right now)
-It's practically brand new, I haven't even worn it that many times, gotta get my moneys worth
-I spent REAL money on it, I can't just get rid of it
-I could wear it like...camping/working out/painting/gardening (HA!!!!!)
-This is my sentimental t-shirt from girls camp/efy/school/special run/whatever, I can't just throw it away, that's like a slam on my experience
-This is my Valentine/halloween/christmas/4th of July shirt, I should wear it when (that holiday) comes around
-I'm sure there's more...

OKAY. Seriously?!
-If it doesn't look good on me now, when would it? Reality check. If I bought it and don't wear it, then I gotta cut my losses, and free up some closet space.
-I allowed myself ONE painting t-shirt and my trusty old painting/camping/working overalls.
-I decided I wasn't a bad person for tossing my old t-shirts. For awhile, I thought, maybe I would make a quilt out of them, as a way to hang onto them...but gimme a break, I can't even imagine a pretty quilt that would take TONS of time and effort to preserve memories that are perfectly well documented with photos, and journal entries, not to mention I can't imagine it even being that cute.
-Lastly, holiday shirts have gotta be pretty darn cute for me to keep them around and remember to wear them at the right time (I feel the same about holiday socks...)
-And as far as old t-shirts to work out in, I decided I want to feel cute when I work out. I don't want to be all sweaty and nasty, AND be wearing a girls camp t-shirt from 1997 that's stained and nasty, I want to wear a work-out shirt that is cute-ish.
-duh! Why has it taken me so long to realize these things?!
Well, this weekend I let go of them. all.

And I'm giving you permission to do the same. DO IT! Get rid of the clothes you don't love, don't fit into, don't wear often enough to justify the space they take up in your closet.

When I do get back to my pre-baby weight, I want to buy NEW clothes, NEW styles, NEW fit. I don't understand how people use old clothes as a motivation to lose weight lol, it just doesn't make sense to clothes though?! Heck yes!

I let my sister Stephanie go through the clothes I was giving to DI (Deseret Industries, like Goodwill), she is MUCH smaller than me, but she's expecting a baby in October (YAY!) so she can wear some of my smaller clothes(big for her and her cute belly)! This was SO satisfying to me, to know that someone will treasure my old favorites as much as I did...hahahaaa...

So the moral of the story is, if you haven't worn it in a year, THROW IT OUT, and if you haven't worn it in a year, but you still LOVE it, either re-purpose it, or give it to someone who will love it as much as you did.

This pile doesn't even begin to scratch the surface of everything I got rid of...


  1. YES! I love that feeling! I just did the same thing and OH MAN was it awesome! you have to have the right mind set to be able to do that though! I don't know how many times I went through all those clothes and wanted to keep them because I was in a HOARDING mood! Good job at getting rid of them! And I like all the new (used by you) clothes that I get from it! :) Thanks!! Love you!!

  2. yay for purging clothing, I feel the same way-only now I hang onto stuff thinking I'll refashion it for Sadie, lol!

  3. haha- good for you for finally getting rid of the girls camp shirts. I finally got rid of mine a year ago. Along with the brittney spears shirt :( that one was hard- so ugly, so tacky- but such sentimental value! hah! And- really- all those girls camp shirts are ugly too- the mermaid year- daughters of triton- the mermaids were kind of scary looking. haha. I laughed when you said the working shirts- I kept ALOT of shirts for a long time, cause "it would be good to work in a garden with, or paint with, I could get it dirty" I finally realized I only needed ONE of those outfits! I don't know why it takes so long for us to figure these things out, but it feels so good after we do! I love getting rid of things. It gives me such a high. There are some shoes I've held onto for WAY TOO long, because "i could spray paint them, and have a matchy matchy outfit for church" but I STILL HAVEN'T done it! EYEYEYYEYEY. I also kept my cancer hats, "just in case I got cancer again!" I finally decided to donate them to the cancer society, and that if I got cancer again, I coould just make new ones. I'm now thinking of other things I need to get rid of... oh boy.

  4. just looked at your etsy shjop- SO CUTE!!!!! Um, when do you find the time to do all of this??!!