Not shopping for eight weeks has really made me examine what belongs in my closet and what doesn't. I kept thinking about what was in there just taking up space--the things I didn't really like but wore because they fit well enough. I used to be in love with some of them, but as time passed, I either got over it or they started to be a little too well worn. Each item was an impediment to all of the really beautiful things I could be wearing and storing in my tiny closet. So, this weekend, I decided to really clean everything out from shoes to clothes to jewelry.
Overcome by this organizing and cleaning fit, I started with my dresser drawers. I pulled out all of the scarves, underwear, socks, workout gear and pajamas. Anything I didn't like or didn't fit went either to goodwill or into the trash (somethings just aren't meant to be shared). I was impressed with how quickly I managed to find space in my dresser drawers for items that had been crowded before.
Next, I pulled everything out from under my bed and the top of my closet. All of these items were either out of season or were too big or too small. I made a pile of clothes to try and sell and one to take to goodwill. I didn't let myself worry about wasted money or trying to fit back into anything. I was able to put what was left back into the top of my closet (no more under the bed storage) for revisiting when the weather is officially warm.
Then, I tackled hanging items within my closet. I tried on several things to see if they looked good or bad and asked the husband for help when I wasn't sure. Other items, I knew I was ready to part with, so several blouses and a few dresses were added the sell or goodwill piles. I also pulled some shoes I haven't worn in forever hoping for a cash exchange that can go towards my spring/summer clothes.
The last items to go were the jewelry piles on my dressing table. I looked through all of my necklaces and archived (put in a jewelry box or with my beading supplies for reworking) anything I wasn't interested in wearing right now. I made a pile of stuff I thought I could sell at Buffalo Exchange, too. I only got rid of one set of earrings because I don't buy many sets I won't wear for the long term. And, I found a few pieces I decided to try and pawn for a little cash.
I ended up with two big bags of clothes for goodwill and one bag of clothes and a little bag of jewelry to sell. Afterwards, my closet is cleaner, my dresser drawers aren't stuffed to breaking, I know where my winter clothes will be stored, and my jewelry stash is easier to navigate (not a pile of chains in a mess). I even made a list of some items that will be nice to have for spring but that aren't requisite. I will make sure to post that list in March as my Spiffing Up My Closet series returns. I will also be sure to let you guys know how selling stuff goes. I did manage to pawn one piece of jewelry for $35 that is a nice way to add to my cash stores.