Looking Clean

It is Spring cleaning time. I’ve been working to clear out the closets. I have had a jacket “problem” for a long time. I had a double closet that was packed with jackets. I kept many of them because I loved them, had worn them in years past and they reminded me of good times and held good memories. I purged the jacket closet several years ago and removed about 25 jackets that flat out didn’t fit. This time was much more radical. I took out 87 jackets. It was painful but there were some that I hadn’t worn in 5 years. They are boxed and will go in the neighborhood rummage sale the first weekend in May. The temptation is that if they don’t sell to bring them back into the closet. But I’ve promised myself that I won’t do that.

Instead I had an empty closet.  I had many of my summer things stuffed away in multiple places. My goal was to move all of them into the empty closet and free up space in other places. Ingenious no? Mission accomplished and 2 more boxes of clothes for the rummage sale!

I cleaned out 2 closets including my coat closet and my “fancy” clothes closet. When I finished I had 1 more box and a huge pile of hanging clothes stashed in the basement. Plus I gained a wardrobe that is much easier to rotate with the seasons. I mean, in the jacket clean out I discovered 3 tops that had been in the back that were brand new. I remembered them when I saw them. They are now with the rest in my bedroom closet. I’ll have to wear them soon before winter is over. Of course now that I’ve discovered them spring will truly arrive and they will be too warm to wear! (at least I’m hoping that’s how it works – kind of the same way washing the car in the summer guarantees a good rain!)

24 thoughts on “Looking Clean

  1. 85 jackets in your climate does not sound excessive to someone who lives in Southern California where winter is seldom more than two days a year, and has twenty-three jackets. However, I can see that you have far too many work clothes and dress clothes. Your life clearly needs an adjustment towards more play clothes.

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    1. I have lots of clothes period. I will be weeding out my work clothes soon as well. I estimate I have 30 sets of scrubs with matching jackets that I don’t wear and probably that many that I have at work (not counting the seasonal ones like the Halloween, Christmas, Thanksgiving and Easter). That is coming soon too!

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  2. I do fall cleaning when I go through and purge things and deeply deeply clean the house. One November is when we moved into this house so I always do it then. Two I like my house in tip top shape for the holidays. I hauled like 6 pick-up loads to the city dumpsters. I had three trash sacks to donate.

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      1. With us we went through and purged a lot of stuff that was before married life so it was not good quality to began with. We been married seven years and moved around five times so why carry it on when it’s been broken down and sitting in boxes for years. I even filled the firepit with pre marriage paperwork and lit a match because seven year is the magic record keeping number. We also sold or gave away stuff that was not used but still usable.

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          1. After seven years why keep it unless it is something absolutely needed. At the same time I save cards sent to me because I like to look back at ones from loved ones who are no longer with us.

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            1. That’s the balance between sentiment and practicality. I have things that serve no useful purpose but I like them or even love them because of the emotional connections.

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            2. That’s the balance between sentiment and practicality. I have things that serve no useful purpose but I like them or even love them because of the emotional connections.

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  3. Why so many? All of my clothes fit in one half of a small bedroom closet. I have five coats/jackets, enough to keep me warm and dry year round. I need the other closets to store my craft supplies and extra TP. Impressive purging though, Muri, you’re getting there. 🙂

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    1. The acquisition of things is a genetic trait in my family. We collect things – coins, stamps, glass bells, hand painted china plates, dolls, comic books, records, hammered aluminum, dinosaur figurines, clowns, books, maps, globes, and then there is my jacket fetish and I’m not even going to talk about my scarves… Paring down is a once in awhile thing. It was really hard to part with the jackets but I did keep a few special ones so I’m not entirely bereft. I have plenty of craft supplies as well. I turned son#1’s room into a sewing/craft room. (I try to contain it into one room so that I can fine what I need when I need it!)

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  4. I talked to K about your neighborhood rummage sale. She thinks I should rent a U-Haul truck to haul our stuff down there. She was serious! I know it will take a few trips, but I don’t think I’d come out ahead if I paid for a U-Haul. Last time I had a yard sale, I had to rent tables (because somebody took the ones I’d reserved to borrow from church), and there were other expenses that I can’t remember at the moment. In the end, I lost money.

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  5. Looks awesome. I’m impressed. I hope to have time to put up winter clothes and get out summer/spring when I return home..probably be another weekend or two b/4 I get to it though. sigh.

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    1. I don’t think you have to rush. We had snow yesterday and it was sunny but cold today…A couple weeks might be needed before putting the warm sweaters away!

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  6. Organizing closets at the change of season is just so satisfying–I almost need a cigarette when it’s over. Kind of like the first day of school used to be…everything is fresh and even old things become new when you haven’t seen them for six months. Double-bonus for taking things to charity or rummage sale!

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  7. Congrats on attacking the collection! I hope you didn’t keep all of those jackets that didn’t sell after the sale! I was recently inspired by the Marie Kondo craze to get rid of enough clothes to have every season’s clothes fit into one closet. I have to say that it feels great to be free of all of those clothes and only have to take care of the clothes in one closet! Cyber high five to you for our less cluttered lives!!!!

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    1. Thanks – but the sale isn’t until May so they are boxed up and sitting in the basement. I’ve resisted the urge to go through them again. I’m hoping they find loving homes…

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