Thursday, July 22, 2010

Organization

My closet has been a mess for awhile now and was in desperate need of a good clean out and so reorganizing. I'm usually pretty good at pulling a few things every now and then that I don't wear and taking them to Goodwill, but this time my closet needed to be purged. The state of my closet was this:

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Minus a stack of jeans I had already pulled out and three of the pants hangers.

The floor was a mess of shoes, random bags, clothing (usually there is more clothing on the floor - clean clothes by the way) and belts.

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I headed over to Target and bought a ton of plastic bins of various sizes to store some of my things in and then it was time to purge.

I pulled out 17 pairs of jeans and 21 pairs of dress pants that no longer fit.

That's 38 pairs of pants I had in my closet that I cannot currently wear.

That's ridiculous!

I made several piles. I had a pile of pants and skirts that fit and can zip up, but are a bit snug. I call them 5 pound pants. I figure 5 pounds is a reasonable amount of weight that one can lose and those pants should stay. (I also hung on to a few 10 pound pants that are nice pants that I still can't let myself get rid of). All other clothes went either to a Goodwill pile or to a Consignment Shop pile.

I got rid of a lot of clothes I've been hanging onto for awhile. Stuff that I love like this skirt.

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This was my very first Express purchase and I bought it in HIGH SCHOOL. I haven't been able to fit into that skirt since freshman year of college. I have no business hanging on to the skirt still.

I love this American Eagle Sweater, but it's too short now. I haven't worn it in about 5 years.

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I bought this sweater 2 years ago and have never worn it. I look at it now and wonder what I was thinking. I bet the Emo girl next door might like it.

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This is another skirt I've had for about 10 years. Yes, it's stretchy and still fits, but trust me, I should not be wearing this skirt with my thighs. Bad news.

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This skirt is a size 8. I usually have to buy skirts 1 size bigger and I cannot even remember the last time I was a size 6. We're talking high school again.

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I bought these suits in college and thought I was hot stuff. They're stretch with jackets so long they cover your backside. I have them in black and grey.

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This dress I wore on my honeymoon. I couldn't fit into it now if my life depended on it and I never really liked it, but I WORE IT ON MY HONEYMOON so I must keep it right? Not anymore.

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This shirt I bought from H&M while I was on a trip to Chicago. I have a green one that's similar but has a neckline that doesn't show off all my cleavage so it gets worn a lot more. I think I've only worn this shirt 3 times in the 2 years that I've had it, but it's H&M and we don't have an H&M here and I love H&M so I must keep it right?

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This shirt I bought while on a trip to Boston in college. It's from a store called Tall Girl and at the time I remember being so excited walking into that store and having nothing but extended length clothing all around me. I haven't worn this shirt in probably 6 years now, but have been hanging onto it because of that shopping trip.

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I filled this tote with jeans, a few skirts and the couple of 10 pound pants I kept.

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Under the bed I've hidden away the sweaters I've kept and my gym clothes.

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I also cleaned out a trash bag full of clothes to go to Goodwill and several pairs of shoes.

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After all the cleaning out my closet turned into this:

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I reorganized my shoes so that the ones I use most often are more accessible (they used to be on the bottom of the rack).

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Moving the giant pile of jeans that no longer fit freed up so space to put my shorter boots up top.

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The little pile of white clothes will soon be gone since I won't be waiting tables anymore.

These totes I filled with purses and kept out the ones I currently have in rotation. The others have my tall boots in them and the 5 pound dress pants.

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My closet is still full, but it's less packed than it once was.

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One day I'll be able to tackle my old clubbing shirts....

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4 comments:

  1. I have become totally addicted to purging my closet ever since I realized that the consignment shop where my sister works will give CASH for clothes! It is fantastic!

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  2. Wow girl! You did some great work. Cute clothes too!

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  3. Wowee! Very impressive clean out! I have the same problem, I have a lot of clothes from highschool! Clubbing shirts that I do no wear, mini skirts that have not seen the light of day in YEARS....and this is stilla fter I've done a major closet clean out! Right now, I figure one thing in, one thing out...

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  4. Nice job organizing! It must feel good to get such a big task done to make your life easier! I'm such a pack rat and I still have a ton of my high school and college clothes in boxes in the basement. I guess I hope one day they come back into style!

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