Spring Cleaning | Your Closet


Cleaning up after a long, cold winter can bring a sense of renewal as exciting as that first breath of spring air.   There’s just something invigorating about making the windows letting the sunshine in and clearing out the cobwebs that lures us into the spring cleaning ritual each year.

A good place to begin is your closet. It will help to motivate you to get to the rest of your house cleaned, and it will also give you the chance to donate some things to people who need them more than you.

I did a big purge. And I mean BIG. I got rid of 80% of my clothing in an effort to begin to live simpler. Here are some questions I asked myself when deciding on whether to keep an item or donate it:

  • Have I worn this in the past 3 months?
  • If I was shopping right now, would I buy this?
  • Do I need this? or is there something else that does its job better?
  • Does it fit me… better yet does it look good on me?
  • Does it go with at least 4 other items in the closet?

If I answered no to any of those questions, it was gone. Someone else needs it more than I do.

After going through my clothes, I turned to my shoes. I recently had surgery on my foot and I most likely won’t be able to wear heels again. I got rid of all heels and any other uncomfortable shoes that just sat there. I also threw out broken flip flops and shoes with holes in them {why did I even have those?!}

Then I looked at my purses. Holy man: purses galore. I hadn’t used probably 90% of them in years. So guess what I did? That’s right – gone.

I ended up donating 14 bags of clothes & accessories to a local women’s shelter. Do you even know how good it felt to do that?

Not once have I wished that I had kept a certain item. Also, my laundry is so much easier and I actually do it more often. I used to let my laundry pile grow and would end up having to do 6 loads. Now, I do one small light and one small dark each week. Everything has a place and my clothes are no longer strewn across my bedroom. Plus, since I know everything looks good on me, I don’t do 12 outfit changes in the morning before work.

It’s amazing what a difference it has made on my life and on others’ lives. There is no better feeling than that.