One of my first steps towards living a more minimalist lifestyle was eliminating clothing in my closet. I decided to start here because I don’t have much attachment to my clothing other than holding on to an item because it is comfortable and well, I had already started cleaning out my closet a few months ago.
Let me start by describing my “before” closet and dresser situation. I have a 5 foot by 5 foot walk in closet in the master bedroom. It is pretty tiny for a walk in closet in terms of space that isn’t taken up by clothing racks. I’m thankful we have one, but it doesn’t leave much room to actually get dressed or do anything else but store clothing. I also have 1 large dresser in our bedroom, in which I had two drawers.
Cleaning out my closet started a few months ago when I purchased one of those predesigned Rubbermaid closet organizers. It is a system that provides you with shelves and hanging rods and all you have to do is open the box and assemble it. I bought it, I assembled it and I put my clothing back in that had previously been in my closet. A month or so later, I realized that it would be easier to move everything from the dresser into the closet for getting ready in the dark, wee hours of the morning. Combining the two clothing storage solutions cause my half of the closet to burst at the seams. It was time to declutter a bit.
First, I started by taking out spring/summer items I knew I hadn’t worn the past spring/summer. That worked pretty well, yielding half of a trash bag full. I decided to wait until the winter had ended to do the same with my winter clothing. It turns out I couldn’t wait. I began to get frustrated cramming hangers on overflowing rods and sick of having stacks of shirts falling off shelves. I finally decided that every time that I put laundry away, I would take a few more items out, which lasted a couple weeks and filled the rest of the trash bag containing spring/summer items.
Fast forward a few weeks until this past week. I went crazy getting rid of items in my closet! Partially fueled by recent weight loss (more to come on that later), I filled another entire trash bag. It feels like a weight has been lifted. I learned a few things in the process too: When I put laundry away, I always put it on the right side of the closet, pushing things I don’t wear to the left; I really only wear a few different colors which is now blaringly obvious looking in my closet. When deciding what to wear, comfort is my number one drive when picking my clothing for the day and that is even more obvious to me now.
I am content with the state of my closet now. It isn’t organized other than grouping like clothing together, and that is fine with me. I’m confident to say that I can move on to the next project to move towards a minimalist lifestyle.