Giving Up Means Letting GoHave you ever heard the phrase 'Giving Up Means Letting Go'?
I just though it was a metaphorical saying. Turns out it can also be quite literal.
I gave up smoking this year. The inevitable happened, I put on weight.
What this means is that most of my clothes are too small, and I have to declutter my wardrobe.
I find it hard enough to purge clothing when I've worn it out, but there's some fairly new stuff too. I simply cannot bring myself to get rid of it all, what if my weight drops again?
I know, I know.....I'm delusional. I just need some time to get used to this new status quo.
Stage 1 - Collect as you goI keep a bag near my wardrobe and whenever I try something on and it doesn't fit it or it needs a button or a repair it goes into the bag.
When the bag is full I put it away and get another bag, they're not huge, just little calico totes for shopping.
If I were to think I had to get rid of everything that went into those bags I would never put anything in them. But that's not how this system works. Anything that simply cannot (broken zip etc.) or will not (fits awful) be worn in the next few weeks goes into that bag.
Stage 2 - Only sort items you know should get discardedWhen the urge hits me, I gather the bags up and pull out the storage boxes of clothes as well. The bags and storage boxes are the clothes I know I should be getting rid of.
I won't. I can't. Not yet anyhow. So I put a limit on how much I can hold onto. I sort all these clothes I haven't seen for a while with fresh eyes. I'll start to notice things I'd overlooked before, a pull in the fabric, a bit of fading or wear, that the style isn't to my taste after all. Little things that make it easier to let go.
Doing it this way somehow makes it so much easier to purge then it is ditching it (or donating it) straight from my wardrobe.
Stage 3 - Limit indecisionsI don't allow myself to increase the amount I put back into storage, so I have to remove enough items that everything from the bags and the storage containers will only fit into the storage containers.
These are the clothes I hope I might fit back into, not because I care about my weight but because I care about my budget, or I'm just particularly fond of that garment.
Stage 4 - Upcycling | DonatingEvery time I go through my clothes it gets easier. Of course, I like to keep stuff I can upcycle or use for T-shirt yarn. Those items don't stay around for very long otherwise they get purged the next time I go through everything. The rest goes out to be donated.
The five piles you see in the above image are all for up-cycling or donating.
But wait...there's more! The piles you see in the below image will also be donated.
Yep, that's right this does not include the stuff that went into storage which is mostly work clothes and a couple of dresses that would be suitable for more formal wear. It's a bit of shock to realise there was that much. It's stuff I can't wear, but it's still hard to let go.
Hopefully one day purging clothing will be easy.