I have been cleaning out closets and cabinets the past couple of days. Once I got started purging things from my closet, I moved on and just kept gathering things from all over the house. I finally stopped because I wasn't sure I was thinking the process through anymore. But I can think of a couple of things that I should add to this pile before we head to a donation center this weekend.
So I gave away 55 things total which make up 24 different categories, for example I gave away 4 sweaters but that only counts as one category. Honestly it feels really nice to get rid of things that we no longer have a use for. It is difficult for me to give things away because I like the idea that I may put some of these things to use again. The fact is, I want my life to have less clutter so I used that as my motivation for giving things away.
Here are some of the questions I asked myself when cleaning out closets and cabinets:
1. Did I forget that I had this? (I forgot we had the popcorn popper, it really isn't what I wanted to make air popcorn, so I stopped using it.)
2. Does this still fit and is it flattering? (I have a white sweater that I really love, but the last time I wore it, I wasn't comfortable because it just doesn't fit right. I have held on to that sweater for too long because of all the memories associated with it. But I still have the memories!)
3. Have I used/worn this in a year? (I gave away a couple of workout DVDs, that I bought in good faith but never used. I have found other sources for workouts.)
Question to consider: Do you periodically clean out your closets? Is the process easy for you, or do you find it difficult? I have to say I wasn't really enjoying the process, but I felt lighter once I had gathered things together to give away.