My friend decided to begin going through her life and getting rid of the excess. She realized she didn't need 50 shirts and a drawer full of yoga pants. She didn't need a million pairs of shoes, or crazy amounts of glasses and bowls in her kitchen. Her daughter didn't need three boxes full of toys. She began systematically cleaning out her home, always keeping the word excess in mind.
This story really stuck with me, and I realized it was right up my ally. I am not a hoarder by any means, but I definitely have too much stuff. After moving into our new apartment in January, I realized I had WAY less storage space all around; I had less kitchen cabinets, less closet space, no linen closets, etc. I realized I needed to start really sorting through things and ruthlessly cutting out the excess.
I decided to do this for many reasons, including my lack of storage. One other reason was that the simple life has always appealed to me, and excess definitely makes my life more complicated. Another reason is my struggle to become a better keeper of my home. Less stuff means less cleaning! YAY!
So I decided that my journey to purge excess from my life would begin after our trip to Europe in April. I am realistic enough to know I need to do this slowly and systematically, but I have to say, this has been a lot harder and more time consuming than I thought it would be!
The first area I decided to tackle was my closet. It has been a huge issue because it is smaller than my old master closet, and it also has to serve as our linen closet because we no longer have one of those. Not to mentioned I have to find a place for all my husband's work uniforms.
|I had just purchased that white shelf to help with storage in the closet....|
So the first bin was filled in Purge #1....
Then the real hard work began: Purge #2. I took all of the items out of my closet by type (long sleeve shirts, short sleeve shirts, skirts, etc.) and tried everything on.
My pile of long-sleeve shirts went from this (count the hangers if you want to get an idea of how much is actually there)
My goal was to end up with about 2 weeks worth of shirts for each season. I ended up with a bit more than that, but I'm still proud of myself. And I know there is still room for improvement in the future!
So at this point I had 3 total bins of clothes needing to leave my house...preferably before I started going through them and falling in love with some of the items again.
I ended up keeping a good number of them, but only about half of what I used to have. They topped off my 4th bin of clothes quite nicely
|The shoes which made the cut|
I also went through my skirt collection, and I ended up purging about 6 of them which I don't wear enough to justify having. I also went through my work clothes, formal clothes, jackets, cardigans, etc.
In the end, this is my closet right now
Next I will be going through my husband's things with him. My rule is that it gets tossed if it has a hole in it, so I think his wardrobe may be doomed. After that I will be moving on to purging the kitchen.
It's been a lot of work so far, but it feels so good! I think Excess has become my new favorite word to hate
Now I just have to figure out what to do with all the extra hangers