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Earlier in the year, I decided it was time to return to one of my early loves… reading. Since I’ve been part of the workforce for the last 25+ years, and been a busy mom and wife, reading for fun has been pretty minimal.
But with the bulk of my daytime hours changing location (now taking care of my granddaughter Maggie at home), I decided that maybe, during her nap time, I could begin reading for fun again. With that idea, I searched for my first fictional reading adventure, but, instead found a self-help book that caught my eye. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up has been a bestseller for a number of years now, and evidently Emily Gilmore tidied up, without me finding out until this year. Basically, the concept is this: rather than looking through your closet, choosing what to throw out or donate, you’re looking for the keepers, in a rather interesting way. First, you must follow the exact order that this professional organizing veteran has laid out; and it starts with clothing. Take all your clothes into your living room. Everything from the closet. Empty the dresser. Get your winter clothes from the attic. Grab your jackets from the coat closet. And don’t forget the laundry room items. Pile them all up into one massive heap in the middle of the floor. That’s right, one massive heap.
(When I did this, seeing the giant mountain brought tears to my eyes. How in the world had I accumulated all of these clothes? I was overwhelmed.)
Following the instructions, hold each item up and ask yourself, “Does this bring me joy?” Don’t ask how much it cost you, or if it’s something you should keep. Does this bring you joy? Sometimes a frilly, frou-frou dress brings joy. Sometimes a worn-out t-shirt does the trick.
But we all have that item that just doesn’t feel great with a scratchy tag, or maybe we feel frumpy in it. Those items are the ones that we don’t need in our lives. Keep the ones that bring you joy. Now, I know, you’re wondering if you’ll end up with any clothing at all, but according to the author, you’ll end up with just the correct amount of clothes.
So, I did it, one by one. I held up each item, and thought about the joy factor. And I ended up with FIVE Hefty bags of discards that day! And my closet is still, somehow, full. My hubby and my son went through this same “experiment,” and we will probably do it again in a couple months. It was actually quite rewarding, getting rid of that textile weight. What remains in your wardrobe, should then be those items which make you happy, bringing joy to you as you wear them. Life is too short to be miserable with a scratchy tag on the back of your neck!
Once I had these clothes bagged up, I searched for a creative way to dispose of them. My sister loves her online closet sale page, but I wanted the clothes out of my house, so I opted for Swap.com. With Swap, they send a labelled package to you, you fill it up, and then send it back. They’ve covered the postage until your clothes sell. You determine your clothes’ sales prices, and they do all the work. And they send payments to your PayPal account. Here’s a screen shot of my Swap account today.
Woohoo! I have found over $260 so far in my closet, just hanging there. If you’d like to send in your extras, click here.
Now, on the flip side, if you’re looking for great deals, check out what’s available for sale on Swap. From the cutest outfits for a baby, to a pair of jeans (or 5) for your hubby, the value is here.
Thanks for reading, and make sure to drop a comment if you try out Swap! Feel free to post a screenshot of your haul.