The kitchen was actually the easiest part. It doesn't get much simpler than "everything must go." Perfect garage sale fodder. The daunting task was starting on my closet and packed dressers. Yes, I have more than one ... of each. I'm That Girl.
My walk-in closet was this weekend's target. I didn't have the heart to take a before picture - it was that bad. Instead, I just took everything out completely.
The pile on the bed was as tall as me, but the closet was finally a clean slate.
I have a confession to make: I am a Wishful Shopper. I looooove buying things that will fit "in 10 pounds," especially dresses and skirts. I also tend to hang onto items for years, whether I wear them or not. This had snowballed into an overstuffed disaster that left me with more things I wasn't wearing than things I do. It's frustrating, stressful, and it made me feel bad about myself. Everytime I opened my closet it was a reminder of all the pretty things I can't have because I'm too fat. Ive done this as long as i can remember, even when I was much smaller. It certainly doesn't help a girl's self esteem and it's been a very hard habit to break.
So I started sorting. One pile for trash. One pile for donation. One pile for consignment. One pile for the prize closet. I moved a wardrobe's worth of "incentive-sized" clothing to the guest room. I have a ton of things I wasn't ready to part with,but I can't handle looking at it on a daily basis anymore.
The process took about ten hours total, but it was so worth it. It's like a weight has been lifted. Being able to open the door and know I could grab anything is a fantastic feeling.
At the end of the first day of cleanout, I also have quite the pile for consignment.
And lots of extra hangers.
My shoes are happeeeee now that everyone has a cubby.
I am tackling my dresser this week. One drawer at a time! It's like a sigh of relief.
I'm going to say it right now ... The swimsuit drawer (my gateway drug of wishful shopping) is going to be ugly!
If anyone has recommendations for a good consignment shop in St Louis, I'd live to hear about it! All proceeds are going directly into my LV fund - a super worthy cause.
When was the last time you cleaned out your closet?