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We moved 6 mo ago to a home with much less closet space. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"> *My" closet is overflowing. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> Literally. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="innocent"> Embarrassingly. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/innocent.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shy"><br>
Has anyone successfully conquered the clothes beast? Or in the process? Please tell your motivational stories!!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br>
TIA!
 

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I had a day off recently and with nothing to do, I just took a bunch of grocery bags in my room and weeded through everything. I ended up getting rid of one full bag of papers I don't need, 3-5 bags of clothing that either don't fit or I just didn't want anymore, and a bag full of 6 pairs of shoes. I felt SO refreshed afterwards!<br><br>
Motivation? Hmm...not having any hangers and not wanting to fold (and thus, iron later) everything? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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Thanks! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"><br>
Ok, I really can imagine the process that both of you took. And believe I can try this... (i think i can, i think i can).
 

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We are really short on closet space so I tend to stay on top of the issue. I find that anything I no longer love, no longer fits, or I just don't wear (maybe I don't feel good in it, or it became misshapped after washing, etc.) I get rid of. I do this at least every 6 months. I only have about 24" of hanging space and then two 12" wide basket stackers which mostly hold underware and workout clothes.<br><br>
Just get everything out and look at it first. Somethings you can get rid of without even bothering to try them on. For isntace, clothing that you no longer like, worn out, is no longer in style, or doesn't make you feel good =- bag it.<br><br>
Next try on the remaining things that you like. Anything that doesn't fit right or has other minor problems that you know cause you to not wear that item = bag it.<br><br>
Be aware that you may find yourself trying to talk yourself into keeping things... E.g. "If I just put a scarf here it will cover up the stain....." For me this really = bag it because I can't stand to mess with trying to disguise problems with my clothes.<br><br>
I have *never* gotten rid of a piece of clothing and regretted it later. It is very nice to have an organized closet of clothes that I enjoy. If I need something I buy it and quite likely within a week or two I've weeded something else out of the closet as part of making space for the new purchace.<br><br>
Also - you have the right to making clothes purchasing errors. You may have things you've owned a very short period of time but now can't stand. It is ok to pass these things along too.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Also - you have the right to making clothes purchasing errors. You may have things you've owned a very short period of time but now can't stand. It is ok to pass these things along too.</div>
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I totally agree! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> This has been a very liberating feeling for me and has helped me actually be more conscious in my shopping. I thought it may have the opposite effect when I decided one day that the dress I bought for a daytime event just wasn't as flattering on me as I had originally thought when I purchased it. Before I took it off and gave it away (I had already worn it a couple times, so I could not return it), I looked long and hard in the mirror to figure out WHY I didn't like it. It boiled down to two things: 1) the poor construction of the garment (weird puckering along side-seams and uneven hemline) and 2) the type of fabric (it showed every skin abnormality I have and it wasn't see-through). I only owned that dress for 2-3 months, but I can still picture it and it sure taught me some important lessons in buying my future clothing.<br><br>
Meanwhile, I employ a few strategies to keep my closet from overflowing:<br><br>
~ I have a set number of hangers and I refuse to buy any more. That means I have to rearrange clothing in order to hang the most important items up. I seriously dislike ironing, so I do not buy clothing that requires it and I don't fold tops I wear out of the house (except workout tops and sweaters). I pretty much have to give away something if I buy something new.<br><br>
~ DD & I go through her closet about 3 times a year (before her late March birthday, before school starts in early September, and before Christmas) and it inspires me to do the same in my closet a few days later.<br><br>
~ I really like neat and orderly closets! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> My closet is in two sections: tops and everything else. My tops are in order of the rainbow with white at the beginning and brown, then black at the end. I have each color in order by sleeve length and then by neckline. It looks pretty when I have the door open, which is inspiring to me to keep it neat. It is also highly practical because I can get dressed in minutes flat. I also know which color I do NOT need when I am out shopping. LOL I wear the tops most often, so I have the other clothes organized by how often I wear them...most often is shorts (I live in a warm climate), so they are closest to the tops...then pants, then skirts, then dresses. Again, it is very practical because I know when I need something new by type of clothing.<br><br>
~ When friends or strangers compliment an outfit or say I look like I am loosing weight, I wear it more often. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> When friends or strangers ask if I am feeling well, when I feel just fine, I get rid of an outfit! LOL As much as I love my family, I don't listen to them when it comes time for keeping or donating clothing. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> DH always says I look beautiful and DD bases her decision on if she likes the outfit and/or color (not on if it looks good on me).<br><br>
Best wishes!!!
 

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Thanks! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 

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When I wear something, I think about how it is making me feel- is it comfy? Does it make me feel good? Do I enjoy wearing it? If the answers are no, then I wash it and put it in a black garbage bag or a box that I always keep for donations. I never miss the item after that! I also get rid of things that I haven't worn for a while.
 

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About a year or two ago, I decided that I would downsize, declutter, and simplify.<br><br>
One of the first things I tackled was my clothing.<br><br>
Basically, anything I hadn't worn in the past year, I decided to either give away or donate to charity.<br><br>
It was actually kind of fun, and also uplifting. Certain items that I knew other people would like, I gave to them. I figured if they didn't want them they could donate them to charity.<br><br>
And anything else, I just bagged up and donated to charity myself.<br><br>
It was one of the best things I've ever done. Now my goal is to not add anything additional so I don't buy clothing anymore, in general.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I read a few fashion books, and that made me make some decisions about personal style and what looked good on me and what didn't, in an honest way. Even if it was an item I really loved, if it didn't look good on me, I got rid of it. That made it a lot easier to sort through my clothes and give away many of them.<br><br>
Also, I had a desire to declutter and simplify, so at first it was hard to give things up, but after you get on a roll, it's easy and actually quite uplifting!
 

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I think that I have posted this in every reply I posted recently...but I'm reading <span style="text-decoration:underline;">It's all too Much</span> by Peter Walsh. There is a whole section on clothing/ closets. Anyways, I've decluttered alot of clothing of mine, and some DH's. For me, I guess it helped reading something...that gave me 'permission' to let go of these clothes that torment me. For lack of a better word. It is <b>so nice</b> to go into my closet and see all the clothing that I love looking back at me....I used to go in and just feel icky...I would see the pants I was keeping, just in case, I'm ever a size 2 again. HA! I finally let go of the clothes I hadn't worn in years. The ones that I felt I had to keep because they were a gift, or expensive--- whatever. They weren't being worn, so why should I keep looking at them and feeling the guilt or whatever. Now my closet is a happy place. I go in, knowing that whatever I pick out is a favorite. It fits me good, I feel good in it. That is a great feeling.
 

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What I did is without looking at my clothes, I made a list of how many clothes I thought I would need. I accounted for all seasons and special occasions. I then went through my closet and made my clothes fit the list. My laundry is easier to keep up with also! I probably cut my clothes in half, and I'm pretty good at weeding through them regularly. I also find I don't have a problem with finding things to wear. Now if I could just convince my husband he doesn't need 14 polo shirts and 17 t-shirts. I'll be doing good. Maybe I should bribe him with taking over his laundry again!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I think that I have posted this in every reply I posted recently...but I'm reading <span style="text-decoration:underline;">It's all too Much</span> by Peter Walsh. There is a whole section on clothing/ closets. Anyways, I've decluttered alot of clothing of mine, and some DH's. For me, I guess it helped reading something...that gave me 'permission' to let go of these clothes that torment me. For lack of a better word. It is <b>so nice</b> to go into my closet and see all the clothing that I love looking back at me....I used to go in and just feel icky...I would see the pants I was keeping, just in case, I'm ever a size 2 again. HA! I finally let go of the clothes I hadn't worn in years. The ones that I felt I had to keep because they were a gift, or expensive--- whatever. They weren't being worn, so why should I keep looking at them and feeling the guilt or whatever. Now my closet is a happy place. I go in, knowing that whatever I pick out is a favorite. It fits me good, I feel good in it. That is a great feeling.</div>
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Your post resonates with me! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I totally agree! I also found that reading books about fashion and about decluttering felt like being given permission to get rid of things guilt-free.<br><br>
And I agree it is nice to go to your decluttered and simplied closet and not feel inundated by bad clothing choices.
 

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I am still working on this but this is what I'm doing. And, I decided to limit my colors so that when I'm out shopping I know what colors to buy so it will go with the rest of my wardrobe and I'm not tempted to buy something really pretty that doesn't match anything I own! So now I have brown/tan/khaki, black, white, and shades of green, pink, and purple. And that's it, those are the only colors I wear.<br><br>
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<div style="font-style:italic;">And, I decided to limit my colors so that when I'm out shopping I know what colors to buy so it will go with the rest of my wardrobe and I'm not tempted to buy something really pretty that doesn't match anything I own! So now I have brown/tan/khaki, black, white, and shades of green, pink, and purple. And that's it, those are the only colors I wear.</div>
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I do this too! Even the same colors- although I add blue into the mix as well. I just folded a load of laundry with 4 purple long-sleeve t-shirts (I keep them all- they're all different shades of purple! lol). Anyway, I've found it to be HUGELY helpful to decide which colors flatter you the most, and stick to them. That way, most things in your closet will work together instead of having to have a bunch of separate, individual outfits. It also protects me from buying that one, random yellow thing that I fall in love with in the store but can never wear, I look horrible in yellow!
 

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I'm like SNRPMom... it really helps to have buddy there to do it with you. My daughers in law and my best friend are great because they see me often so know what outfits look best on me.<br>
I just hold things up and they go either "yes" or "no"... ok, sometimes it's "OH NO", but we end up having a hilarious time doing it. If something is a real favourite that I just love, I don't part with it just on their say so. But the funny thing is, I know before I hold something up what they're going to say, so inside I know what should go really. The biggest help in having someone there is that they take the guilt away. It also helps to give the good stuff away, knowing someone else might benefit.<br>
Have fun with it, and pack the guilt away in the bag with the clothes. I am much more discriminating now than I used to be when I shop.
 
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