ahhh... a topic near and dear to my heart!
i'm doing a clothing purge (i started it about 2 weeks ago and haven't touched it since, but the "one week declutter challenge" trini started, has inspired me to continue). this will make it my third clothing purge in one year.
to give you a rough idea of the volume of clothing we possessed before the first purge:
our built in wardrobes (from one wall to another) were packed with clothes, so much that they overflowed to the floor. many clothes did in fact live on the floor for several months because they had no where else to go. at any given moment there were 5 large loads of dirty clothing that needed to be washed all the while a huge batch of clean-but-wrinkled laundry sat on the single seater couch in the lounge room, and 2 baskets of clean-but-wrinkled laundry were randomly placed in the apartment.
it was really. really. really. fricken pathetic.
there is no other way to put it.
and for gawds sake we had (and still do have) SIXTY pairs of socks. yes i did just say SIXTY.
what the heck possessed us to own so many pairs of socks, i'll never know..
we were drowning in a sea of clothes. we never knew what we had to wear because everything was so disorganised and most items you'd pull out either didn't fit or were dusty from just sitting there or wrinkled to death because a million other peices of clothing were piled on top.
the first clothing purge was when i got rid of the clothes that no longer fit me. i was a size 6 before pregnancy and birth and i know i will never be that size again -- i'm a very happy size 8 now -- so off the clothes went into the charity box. at least 100 items in new or near new condition.
my second clothing purge was when i decided to keep the clothes that fit me *and* looked decent on me. whether i would wear them or not was a completely different story. about 50 to 60 items went into the box.
my third and hopefully last clothing purge will be where get rid of everything but those peices of clothing that i do wear. it doesn't matter if it looks decent on me or not -- if i'm not wearing it then there is simply NO point in keeping it. period.
many clothes that i have fall into the "i might wear it someday" category. but i know that i won't wear it.. and so it's time we parted.
i have to say, it has been really good to do a gradual purge. each item has been tried on for a few minutes and thought about before put in either pile. so i've been able to say "goodbye" to each peice. some clothing i have had for YEARS but they are very well taken care of, so i have to admit it was a little hard to let go at first.
i've taken some photographs of before (with this current purge) and will post the before and after when i am done.
this couldn't of come at a better time as many items (like undies for example) have also been on thier death bed for a while and well.. the time has come to be put to rest. i mean, i don't know how much longer i can go on walking and pulling up my undies at the same time -- it's getting embaressing and dang it if aint hard to do while carrying a toddler.
oh, and the sixty
: pairs of socks are going... were getting 7 pairs for dh and 7 pairs for me and that's IT. i'm SICK of seeing socks EVERYWHERE!!! and i mean everywhere! even dd just throws them around now. they are freakin' novelty in this house.
i'm excited about the replacements because most everything that is going to be replaced will be made of organic cotton and generally high quality.
i should also mention that we are purging dh's clothing as well. he has already parted with at least 30-40 items. he's pretty much on board with the whole simplifying your home thing i have going on here.