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  1. I’m going to do this because my closet really doesn’t look very good but I have to admit I actually don’t have enough clothes. I have two pairs of jeans that fit. One is ripped in the crotch and I’ve had to patch it and the other has a broken zipper. I probably have about 3 decent looking shirts. The rest are old t-shirts and I have about 10 of those and most of them are full of holes. I’d like to get rid of all the clothes I hate and all the clothes that don’t look good on me/ don’t fit right but if I do I won’t have anything left to wear. I think I need to invest some time and money into a new wardrobe.

    • Wow I thought that my three pairs of pants was bad. and I have a few more shirts than you. I did set aside money this week to buy me some clothes. the last time I did this I ended up spending it elsewhere. but not this time. This money is for me to buy new clothes. I need them it is beyond a want it stage and it sounds like you are in the same boat. set aside a little to go buy some clothes!

      • Girls, this was me a year or so ago. I found out that I was also isolated because I never felt I had decent clothes to go somewhere. I encourage you both to find a few things you love, that fit you well and that you feel good in and build a good wardrobe from there. It has helped me so much. I didn’t spend s fortune either. I found some shirts from Target that I really like but that are also very versatile and I have them in several colors. Then you can have a clean closet with things you really use, not useless stuff that mocks you in the closet.

  2. Bummer!!! I just did this yesterday! I didn’t take before pics. I should have waited, or maybe I can take a picture of my “after” closet and all of the clothes, hangers, and trash to show the improvements from “before”!

    • Candice, I’m with you! I started this project late last week. I need to pick up the pace and finish though.
      I give so much stuff away that I’m amazed that I ever have anything left to give. I’m determined to simplify my life however, and when I look around and see all this “stuff”, I know there is still more I can do.

    • How weird. I just did this last week too! Wonder how I’m gonna get those before pictures now… lol

      • just did mine last week, too! I like the idea of taking the “after” picture and the pile of stuff that was removed.

        • YES! Tsh NAIL on HEAD! Perfect!
          I’ve been through numerous courses on cleaning and organizing including FlyLady’s program Brooke Noels Extreme Home Makeover and Make Today Matter program and poured through tons of books and websited on the topic of simplifying, cleaning, organizing etc.. AND after all of them, I know:
          This is exactly where I like to start! I switch out my wardrobe 4/5 times a year by seasonality and colors and it always jump starts my efforts to get the house back in order!
          I actually had to work my way out of a deep winter funk a few weeks back and did exactly this… bye-bye wool sweaters in drab colors hello spring!

        • Okay, I was going to say that I just did this last week, but to be honest, I only did half of it last week. I did the cleaning out of the closet (closets actually) and the boxing of giveaways, but those boxes are still in the house and the yard sell items are not priced. I had to clean multiple closets just to organize mine because I live in an old house with tiny closets. My husband uses the one in our room and I have been using our son’s closet (he’s tiny, he doesn’t mind, yet). I figured he would mind someday, so I cleaned out the dormer closet that houses non-Christmas holiday decorations, moved the linens into there and moved my clothes into the dormer (half size) closet that already had a clothes bar in it. No before pictures. Bummer. But it was very liberating.

  3. I am going to do this this week, question…what do I do with my husbands stuff that takes over half of my closet?

    • See if he’ll do his side! I understand — Kyle and I share a closet as well. A tiny one at that.

  4. Ah – good topic. I JUST did this last week. Oops!

    A good blog for wardrobe advice is youlookfab.com. She has a lot of archives on the closet subject.

  5. Oh, I am so excited about this! I was just thinking this weekend that I wanted to clean out my closet for spring, and because I’m so sick of trying to get dressed and feeling like I have nothing to wear. Of course I have clothes to wear, I just need to weed out the stuff I really don’t wear, and organize the stuff that I do wear in a better way.
    Thanks for starting out with this hot spot Tsh!

  6. My family and I just moved to Japan. And just got our household goods, this really is the perfect place to start and i am going to do this to mine and all 5 of my kiddos closets!! We have got alot of downsizing that needs to happen. Yay, let the organizing begin!!

  7. I am so excited to ge this done this week. I know I have soooo many things to get rid of from my wardrobe as well as my husband’s. We have both lost weight over the past year and I have put off getting rid of the “too big” items. We live in a very small house and share a VERY small closet. Starting this one first thing tomorrow!

  8. This weekend was all about deep cleaning the house. As I was going in the bedroom, I thought that maybe it was time for a closet decluttering. Thanks Tsh. I love the concept of starting in your own personal space in this series.
    Katie

  9. This weekend was all about deep cleaning the house. As I was going in the bedroom, I thought that maybe it was time for a closet decluttering. Thanks Tsh. I love the concept of starting in your own personal space in this series.
    Katie

    • Agreed, those jeans that I got because the number was right, about 6 years ago, well, they will never fit… or at least as long as I have them they won’t fit.

  10. I’m so excited to do this project, but completely bummed because I also did this last weekend. I don’t live in an area that does well with garage sales, so I just plan on donating all the clothes we’re getting rid of. I’m not quite done, so I guess I can do a “before” pic from where I am right now, to an “after” pic when I’m completely done! I’ve already gathered up about 10 grocery bags worth of clothes and I am already feeling better about my closet!

  11. Oh NOoooooooooo! This is the one spot I was hoping it wouldn’t be! Mostly because I’m scared to take the before pictures! But I’m planning to do it anyway! I’m being very brave. You will see.

  12. I did this back in December! I got rid of 3 kitchen size trash bags full of clothes. I’m down to one pair of jeans that fits, one pair of black pants that fits, and a couple pairs of pants that I can get into but don’t fit well. I will try to do this clothing purge again. although I did get rid of a lot last time! First thing to go? The shirt my husband doesn’t like on me.

  13. I recently put a “donate” box in my laundry room. If I don’t love an item enough, I toss it in there before it finds its way back to my closet.

  14. You might add one other option to your list – sell your clothes. I recently cleaned out my closet and found that while I had some great pieces of clothing, they just weren’t the right color for me. So I put them on eBay and sold everything!

  15. awe thank you Tsh. I so often forget about me and my needs trying to keep above water with the rest of the housework and children’s things.

    having a 7month old I have lots of illfitting clothes. I boxed up all my ‘prepregnancy’ clothes and after the hormones calmed down I did purge them because I wanted to repurpose some of the underbed storage. What I haven’t addressed are the clothes I am actually wearing. I often get partway through the day and find myself tugging up my jeans as only 2 out of 6 pairs really fit decently, the rest were ‘I need to get out of maternity clothes’ purchases where I had limited time and bought anything that fit over my new-mum-tum.

    badly fitting jeans will be the first into my donate box. and ‘work’ shoes I haven’t worn since I got pregant with ds1 5yrs ago.

  16. I’m really motivated and eager to start, my husband is trembling from fear, since I talked about this project.
    I shared your link through my facebook.
    I’m start to take photos of my chaos and and see what results we have for Friday.

  17. Gosh, this is such an opportune choice. I ‘nearly’ made a start yesterday. Better take the ‘before’ shots and crack on.

  18. This is actually a really, really good one for me. Means I will be forced to catch up on laundry so I can see what I actually own, sort out the junk in my closet that reaches up to the bottom of the hanging clothes ( things waiting to be donated or kijiji’d) and go through my clothes & get rid of the stuff that is in bad shape. And there is TONS of all three of these things to get through. I have a really limited wardrobe & because I care for kids in my home, I tend to not worry too much about how much or what I own until I need to go to the arena, facilitate or attend a meeting etc. I’m not sure I can actually make myself post before pictures….. :(

  19. You picked the worst (best!) spot in my house for me to start with! My walk-in closet has not been organized since I moved in last summer… like you said, so many other things and places take priority. I’m so glad to have motivation to clean this problem area!

  20. We just did a big donation run, and what do you know… I got rid of a bridesmaids dress from 2006! A very formal, and ill-fitting dress at that! I am looking forward to cleaning out my closet again though with the tips you’ve given! Thank you for your inspiration!

  21. YIKES! finish by friday? i started last saturday and i’m not done:))) i love a challenge! i’m going to do my best!!

  22. My husband and I actually cleaned out our closet about a year ago and got rid of A LOT. But…I’m realizing as I read this post that there are a lot of clothes in the closet I haven’t even touched in the past year so obviously there is still some de-cluttering to do! Plus a lot of dust-bunnies in the closet corners!

  23. Great place to start. I look in my closet every day for a “new” item to wear that has not been worn as much as the others because I do wear the same 10 tops all the time. I only have two pairs of pants I wear but my bottom drawer is filled with “repair another day” pants.

    My only problem… I don’t have a digital camera to take any before and after pictures. That’s okay, I’ll know what a change I made :)

  24. Oh man…this so needs to happen! For me it’s the ridiculous drawer of bras that will never fit again!

  25. Yahoo! I got tired of carrying clothing around the world for ALL the wrong reasons and took drastic action a few months ago. . . three babies and multiple military moves forced me to get intentional. What really excites me about Project Simplify: being able to share our “aha” moments and inner transformations here as we address the clutter–physical and otherwise. This is gonna be huge. GO, GO, GO GIRLS!

  26. This was the last area I thought we’d be working on… but my bedroom is a complete disaster and needs my attention.

    Wondering if this is the time to ship my wedding dress to my mother-in-law so she’ll have it to make a 1st communion dress for my daughter and maybe a few baptism gowns if there’s enough excess material…. or a dolly dress for the doll she made my daughter.

  27. OK-I’m going to do this step by step even though I already cleaned out my closet (and my kids’ closets) all weekend! I have 3 bags of my clothes I’m giving away, and several boxes of consignment clothes for my kids to take from the house! But, I will admit, I did not clean, I did not try on EVERYTHING, I am still wondering about some items, and I definitely did not pull out things under my bed or in every drawer! So, here goes…

  28. Oh Tsh how did you know? Our walk in is one of THE most neglected places in our home. No one sees it and so it just gets ignored. Thanks for the walk through. *deep breaths* I can do this!

      • It’s one of those “I don’t really want to do it and now I have no excuse not to:)”

        I’m actually 28 weeks pregnant so trying on clothing may not be part of my cleaning but I know a lot of what is in my closet I no longer wear. A lot of “business wear” and I’ve been a stay at home mom for 3 years (a good thing!!!) now with no plan of going back. It just seemed so final to part with it all. :)

  29. My goal this weekend was to put away all the clothes that were piled on my dresser…that did not happen. I want to get this project done so my bedroom can feel more restful. Time to go gather up my supplies!

  30. I did this about a month ago, but I think I am ready to do away with more. Now that we have been through winter I still have stuff in there I haven’t worn for most of the winter, and now is the time to part with it. Thanks. I hope I can find the energy at night to tackle this. Working full time doesn’t give me so much extra time at night yet.

  31. kind of a bummer… i just did this 3 weeks ago! no pictures!!! :( on the flip side… it has been WONDERFUL having our closet be organized and cleaned out. we brought 3 LARGE trash bags full to goodwill… a bit ridiculous! maybe i’ll tackle the kids closets instead….. :) Have fun everyone!

  32. Of course I started cleaning my closet this weekend! At least my “before” picture won’t be nearly so shocking but there is plenty still to be done! I’ll have to enlist my husband in order to make a real difference! 3/4 of our closet is his stuff!
    I seriously pared down my clothes about a year ago, but I know I didn’t go far enough!
    My drawers definitely could use help! I have WAY too many t shirts taking up space! I even have some pretty scented drawer papers to use after I get everything cleaned out!

  33. So funny that so many of you “just” cleaned your closets this weekend! Perhaps this series will encourage you to not clean until you hear the next hot spot. 😉

    • I was just about to post that my husband and I just cleaned out our closets. I do have to admit though, I’m not quite done. Maybe this week I’ll focus on organizing my kids clothes too!

  34. I have a rule when a new piece of clothing comes in, one must go out!
    Still heading upstairs this week to weed through my closet and look forward to joining you throughout this series.

    Deborah

  35. Oooooooh, no. I am *terrified* of what lurks in the depths of my closet. I don’t even ‘get dressed’ from there- my clothes are stacked on the rocker in the corner. Eeek. Yikes.
    Must go bolster with coffee. Am considering putting this off until evening, when I can bolster with WINE!

  36. I was secretly hoping this would be first, since it’s the worst and if I didn’t do it first, I might be too whooped after tackling other hot spots.

    Thanks for the fuel. Time to start my engine. I dread posting before pictures, but it’s only fair game, right?

  37. This is going to be so good for me. I can already think of 3 dresses that no longer fit and need to be sold and an ugly sweater for the donate pile!

  38. Man. I walked through our house last week and took pictures of my hotspots. Very embarrassing to see from a photo perspective. The closet was on the list. Big walk in. It is a gathering place for a LOT of things.

    This is a great painless place to start!

    So is this just the wardrobe or do we need to tackle the rest of the space too?

  39. Perfect! My wardrobe is mostly pared down, but my husband and I share a walk-in closet that has become home to a lot of other stuff. One of the perils of paring down in one area is that the freed-up space can easily become a dumping ground, and that is what has happened to our closet! Yarn stash, boxes of photos, etc. Looking forward to this project!

    • If you wear them, then by all means keep them! That’s just an example of a clunky thing I kept much longer than I actually wore (got rid of them about five years ago).

  40. Hi Tsh! I just clicked over from The Inspired Room, and I’m so glad I did…

    I’ve been thinking a lot about SIMPLIFYING lately. I’m getting married in October, so my goal is to purge all the unneccessaries before then; this is the perfect push to get it done now! I’ve been debating my closet situation for about a week, and I guess this is the week to just clean it out!

    Thanks for the push. :)

  41. I’m definitely going to have to do this project twice! Here, I only have the clothes I could pack in a suitcase (and fear not, I still have things to get rid of…). At our permanent home…everything I’ve been able to live just fine with out for 6 months : /

    Thanks for mentioning that breastfeeding and pregnancy are legit reasons to keep clothes that don’t fit (but will once again next pregnancy or after weaning)!

  42. Yay! I did start some of this yesterday but it was just my dresser. The piles were still pretty sad. I’ll take a picture of my giveaway bag, eBay pile, and keep pile. I’m proud to say my keep pile was very small. Now with all of your great tips, I’m ready to tackle the closet. 

  43. It’s funny that in all the times I purge my closet (I think I remove stuff monthly), I still haven’t let go of that bridesmaid dress! Thanks for the push to get rid of that awful thing 😉

  44. We moved 6 months ago and at least half of my clothes-I-don’t-wear are still in tubs. So I will go through those – realistically – and clear out so I only have two tubs of off season clothes. I don’t hang everything and that helps to feel less cluttered. I, too, only wear 10 pieces!

  45. Yay! Was hoping we would tackle this. Feel like I have a closet full of clothes, yet nothing to wear. Thank you, Three Babies in Five Years.

    Off to take some before pictures!

  46. I’m so excited about this hotspot. It’s an area that causes me lots of stress and lost time. I’m starting today!

  47. Here are some ideas as an alternative to the “toss” pile.

    (1) Make cleaning cloths.

    (2) For blue jeans and other sturdy fabrics, I am cutting them into squares to make a blue jean quilt for my son’s bed.

    (3) Hem too-short pants into capris. (I am quite tall, and somehow end up with too-short pants in my wardrobe. I think they are long enough, and then they shrink up to an inch in the wash! I also hem my kid’s pants into shorts when they blow out the knees too badly to patch.)

  48. This closet cleaning chore has been hanging over my head for awhile now, this is just the motivation I need to get going. Thanks.

  49. All my capris! I never wear them because my husband doesn’t like them on me! Why oh why have I kept them this long??? You are so right Tsh, if you can get rid of your sweater, I can get rid of these space hogs too!

  50. I’m thinking about the stilettos that I bought myself for my 40th birthday that don’t fit quite right and I can’t really wear unless I’m going to nightclub…which I don’t do because I’m a mom.

  51. I’ve got clothes I’ve hung onto just because they were my mother’s (she passed away 7 years ago this month), but she would have gotten rid of them by now. :)

    • If there is something special from her, or something with fabric you love, you can always use the fabric for something new. I have a friend that specializes in making RememberMez, aprons and other items from such fabrics. But the trick is to not set it aside in a pile forever.

  52. How do you deal with off-season clothes? I definitely have a winter wardrobe and a summer one. Off-season is usually stored neatly in tupperware containers in the garage. A couple problems – I forget what is in there! And at this time of year, there is always a pile of give/sell that is winter and no one wants to buy winter at this time of year, so I end of storing that too. Any tips?

    • Wait a few months and sell your clothes closer to the season. So you might have a few months of storing them, but then you’ll always have clothes to take — the ones you plucked from the purge before. Make sense?

      I simply store my off-season clothes on the shelf in the closet. But honestly, I don’t have too much of anything, so I can fit it all in my dressers and closet. Anyone else have ideas?

  53. Well, this should kick start my 40 Bags in 40 Days nicely. And finishing by Friday will be a huge challenge, but any progress is good progress, right? Thanks for the inspiration and the clear directions–silly as it sounds, I can get overwhelmed in the middle of projects and not know where to go next with them so this will be a help for me. Thanks & good luck to all!

  54. Hmmm,

    This one is going to be a challenge because I really don’t have much in my closet. I clean it out pretty regularly. My hubby, on the other hand, has more clotes than Macy’s. Really. And each time I try to get him to purge, he refuses.

    However, I am still going to see what I can clean out. My closet is very clean, but I know my drawers could use some cleaning out.

    • I didn’t realize there were other women out there in the same boat! I regularly clean my section of the closet, but all that seems to do is allow my husband to take over more of it with the clothes he refuses to get rid of! And he doesn’t keep it in order either, which is why I hope SOME DAY we can have separate closets. I don’t care that I’ll have the little one, it will be clean, organized and only have the stuff I wear (plus my wedding gown!)

  55. Don’t toss those panties that have seen better days! My grandma takes her worn panties with her on trips and then throws than away at the end of each day…disposable panties! Then you don’t have dirty panties to haul home with you in your dirty laundry bag.

    • LOL! My first thought was that I was going to finally toss all of my panties and start over fresh!!

      Thanks for the tip!

      Now..someone tell me how to convince my husband to take me somewhere so I can throw out my panties!

  56. I actually did our closet when I was decluttering our bedroom back in December/January. But I still have some clothes and my jewelry box which could use a good clean sweep. I’m looking forward to starting this project.

  57. I did this a few weeks ago, and it felt SO wonderful! Even got hubby to do his side – amazing. I am definitely getting rid of that old bridesmaid dress, and I’m happy to have found a few things I will love again after I get them altered this week. Instead of taking up space, they will be like “new clothes” to me! My favorite is the 60’s dress and jacket I recently inherited from my grandma. It will be my Easter dress.

    Since I’ve already done my closet, I will participate this week by cleaning out the worst closet in my house – the guest room. It’s been getting under my skin for months. And because my mother-in-law is visiting this week and will need it, there’s all the more motivation :)

    Thanks Tsh! I’m enjoying your book!

  58. Ok. I have another question. What is the best way to organize tights and nylons? I have a whole drawer full (leftover from the days of when I worked outside the home). I don’t wear them often and can never find what I want.

    • I have a jewelry box with large square separators. I use that and roll up each pair in a different hole. Go through Walmart and look at their plastic storage organizer area. Check out drawer organizers- even the long slotted ones for knives, forks, etc. Those can be very helpful for stuff like this.

    • Since you don’t wear them often, do you need a whole drawer full? I say get rid of most of them, then simply ball up the remaining ones and tuck them nicely alongside your socks.

  59. If you are an “older” mom like me, and have a teenage daughter with some style sense, this is easy. I just did this a few weeks ago. She was a great help. She was honest as to what looked right on me and what was stylish. I got rid of a huge portion of my clothes and have never looked back. It was almost like going on TLC “What Not to Wear”.

    • This is a good point…but I actually need my mom’s help with fashion! That’s why I like baby girl fashion…who else can get away with bold stripes or sweater pants?

  60. some jeans. I just bought new ones (from the thrift store) a few months ago but two pairs that I love because they have beautiful embroidery on them really don’t fit me…so I never wear them except as a last resort. so okay…I’ll get rid of them! sigh…

  61. I’ve already been doing this is little chunks this past week, this will give me the motivation to finally get it DONE and make a list of what I need to replace! Just one stumbling block – what do I do with my wedding dress?? It’s been hanging in my closet for almost 14 years!

    • Yea, I got married 8 years ago, and to this day, it hangs in a dress bag on the back of my bedroom door. ugh. Sentimental attachment dang it! I REALLY don’t care, but just think that I SHOULD keep it. Wish I knew someone that needed one. I have no children, so I don’t even have anyone to pass it on to. Ideas?

  62. my heart sunk when i saw the first step is our CLOSET! *whine whine whine* but, i can do it. and the first things leaving this house are the pants i wore 2 babies ago that my hips just aren’t going to squeeze into again.

  63. I actually got rid of two huge bags of clothing/stuff from the bottom of my closet last week! I’m going to go take another look, though, thinking about your list of what to get rid of (except that being 7 1/2 months pregnant I’m NOT going to try things on!). My goal (which I just came up with right this minute) is to have another huge bag out of there. And luckily, I have a very organized friend who encouraged me last week and volunteered to take anything I don’t want out of the house to the thrift store so I won’t have to carry anything heavy. :)

  64. I am so excited that this is where you picked to start…two months before I turned 30 I decided I needed to put myself first more often. On Friday I turn 31, think it will be a great way to start the next year…my stuff organized.

  65. My husband has been bugging me to do this forever. It’s the perfect time too! Leaving for Spring Break on Saturday and I have no idea what fits and what I need.

  66. I am SO glad this is one of the hot spots we’re doing. (I’d be gladder if this weren’t the week I am going to be late doing it, though; can’t really clean up my closet from 150 miles away…) I’ve been thinking this would be part of doing the master bedroom & actually thinking about what clothing I need to purge, so at least I’ve got some of the thought process out of the way…hopefully that means I can knock it out quickly when I get home on Friday…

  67. I am very excited about this! My closet needs a good clean-out. The first things I am going to toss are the old t-shirts I keep around that are stained or holey…

  68. For the past month I have been saying I need to do this! I have a handful of items that don’t really fit well because I just know I will loose that extra 10lbs to fit back into them!

    Also, I am now pregnant so I can’t really try anything in my wardrobe on, because none of it fits. But I do know what I need to gt rid of. Thanks for the ump start on this project!

  69. I love this plan! I stumbled across this while I am already knee deep in unpacking my closet. I can share one idea that I heard years ago and have used on and off with great success since then. When you’re going through your closet and have those items that you keep but aren’t things you wear in your “top 10”, often you’ll find that you don’t actually wear a lot of them. Take everything in your closet and hang the hangars backwards so that the hook goes towards the wall. Mark a date on your calendar 3 months out (or 6 if you prefer). When you pull out something to wear (and actually wear it- not just try it on and then put it back) and then put it back washed turn the hangar back the normal way. In 3-6 months when your date comes up on the calendar go through and remove all the backwards hangars and re-evaluate them. If they are off season or fancy dress then you can probably save them for another 6 months to check that you really will wear it. If it’s in season and you haven’t worn it in half a year then it’s fairly safe to get rid of! Thanks for the inspiration. I’m looking forward to seeing what other areas are coming in the following weeks!

  70. Wow. I just went and took my “before” picture. I don’t want to put it on the internet! :) we removed our closet doors when we moved in because they were floor to ceiling steel beasts, and you would think that would require us to keep it clean. Alas, it does not. It will be clean by the end of the week though. 😀

  71. I have a question. Do you literally mean just the wardrobe, or do you mean all clothes (i.e. stuff we keep in the dresser as well)?

    • All our clothes. By ‘wardrobe,’ I mean our collection of clothes, not a piece of furniture. I know… I debated naming it something else, but I couldn’t come up with anything. :)

  72. Man. You had to hit right where it hurts, huh, Tsh? :) I was proud because I had my home fairly clean (at least if you didn’t open too many cupboards or closets) this weekend because we had people over last night. My husband and I got real motivated and cleaned out/organized the garage on Saturday, and I did tons of work on my kids clothes as far as tagging for resale, storing by size/season, etc. It’s not totally done, buy I made a big dent. The one thing that is still horrendous IS THE MASTER. And the main problem is clothes. Laundry is my nemesis. I have extra problems because I’m 24 weeks pregnant and there are maternity clothes all mixed in with regular clothes. And in there are too big maternity clothes, too small maternity clothes, clothes that’ll probably fit right after the baby is born, clothes that will take some time to get back into, and that doesn’t even account for my husband’s clothes. UGH. But I can do it! I’ve already taken a photo of my terrible laundry room piles, and I’m about to go take (ultra ridiculously embarrassing) photos of the master closet/clothes piles in my room. I told my husband about this week’s hot spot, and he just smirked. Then he saw me taking photos and said, “You’re going to post those on the Internet?!” YES! Wish me luck!

  73. There couldn’t be a better start to PS than the closet for me, since hubs already emptied it trying to find his spare truck key on Friday night. Which now makes it a bedroom and closet purge. Ugh. Here we go!

  74. I usually do a closet cleaning this time of year anyway, but not usually so thoroughly. This will be good for me! As you can tell by the name of my blog (The Wardrobe Miser) I tend to hang on to stuff for longer than I should. And I’ll tell you right now, I’m not getting rid of my 2 pairs of jeans with holes in the knees. :)

  75. Oh Tsh thank you thank you thank you. I feel like I just recieved a fantastic gift.

    I have been concentrating so hard on sorting out the visible aspects of our home, I had completely forgotten myself. I’ve been walking around in ill-fitting jeans since my second son arrived 7 months ago, I have one pair that fits ok and the others were all ‘need jeans asap because I can’t bear to wear maternity anymore’ buys. I know I’ve not been taking care of myself so well recently, and it’s affecting my mood.

    Yesterday I passed a shop I love with a sale. I ‘invested’ in a new cardigan and two necklaces (half price at a price I would like to pay full price) because I’d decided I was fed up of ‘making do’ and wanted to feel good as I am now, a couple of sizes bigger than prepregnancy. Now I just need to get on with the rest of my closet, make my good items sing out and get rid of the things that are bringing me down.

    to top it all, my copy of your book arrived today. I wish I could sit and devour it all right now, but it will have to wait. chapter 14 is open and I’m hoping I’ll get to the end of it before I go to bed tonight.

  76. Excited and overwhelmed about this starting point. My problem, is that our walk-in closet is the dumping ground for so many others things too. It is most definitely the scariest place in the house! 😉 It’s going to be a big, big project, but I’m up to the challenge! I don’t even like walking in there now!!

  77. Dare I say it – how exciting! We moved into our current house six months ago, but the closet still looks like we just moved in yesterday. Piles of clothes we haven’t worn in over a year, packed into bags and laundry baskets… I’m kind of thrilled that I have a “reason” to go through the closet, dressers and drawers (even the basement!) to get rid of the clothes we don’t need or wear.

  78. Love this ‘hot spot’…especially the reason–starting with me as Mom is a great example and will fuel my energy moving forward!

    I too did this recently. But like so many other women commenting today-I only did the purge halfway. Throwing out what doesn’t fit or ‘almost’ fits is a difficult step. And I’m a dedicated simplifier!

    My fav personal tip: Use local consignment stores. I have a great relationship with the ladies at my local store and it’s taken the sting out of getting rid of favorite items that don’t fit or don’t work anymore. I know I’ll be seeing some friends when I go in to spend my ‘free’ money on something that will fit well and serve me better after my items are sold!

    See all you wonderful people on Friday–I can’t wait for the before/after pics!!!

  79. Can I tell you one of the greatest organizing tips that I’ve heard? At the turn of the seasons, take each hanger and turn it with the short side facing to you. When the time comes to switch out your clothes for the next season, all of the clothes that are still hanging “backwards” you didn’t wear, and you know are probably a good candidate for the donate pile.

    (I’ll admit, I’ve rescued a few pieces for sentimental reasons)

  80. I figured this would be a hot spot, but I’m (pleasantly) surprised it is 1st. It has been at the bottom of my list for a while. I told my husband (he’s inboard too) that the closet would be at the top of the list after the 5 weeks if it wasn’t taken care of during the 5 weeks. Woohoo!!

  81. I started this last month but didn’t get to finish it as far as drawers, etc. My closet is strange because it’s built into this anteroom that I use as my craft room/office. The visual clutter of the closet can drive me nuts so I started a donation pile. I used Peter Walsh’s suggestion of hangers facing a certain way, when you wear it you flip it the other way. At the end of a few months you can see what you really wear.

    Thanks for my motivation this week and a reminder to put ME first. ; )

  82. Oh Boy. Okay, I’m going to do it. Those pre-kids size 6s have been laughing at me everytime I walk in to my closet anyway. Yikes, I can’t believe the first spot is the closet. Was not expecting that!!!! A full length mirror? Really? Oh Boy. Here goes nothing…

  83. Perfect timing, I’ve been thinking about how I need to do this! I found a pair of jeans in my drawer last night that has several holes. Why am I hanging on to them still? I can’t wait to get started :)

  84. I’m off to do this now. I’m not blogging or taking pics (though the giveaway sounds cool), just taking part because it’s a good idea. :) Thanks!

  85. I am actually about half way done with my closet, but oh my goodness it needed more than a week! lol So I will try to finish up by friday with y’all!

    I love your blog!

  86. Funny that this is todays, since I JUST did this over the weekend. But for me that sad thing is I do not have a closet. All my clothes must fit in a 6 drawer dresser. And to complicate things, I am 6 months pregnant and have 2 sets of clothes right now I need out.

  87. I am SO glad this is the first hot spot!! I have been getting the itch to do this, but keep putting it off because I feel like I should work on the “public” areas of the house first. Thanks for giving us permission to do something nice for ourselves first! My twins just turned 1 year old and I think my body has finally settled into the shape and size it is going to be — so I am ready to purge the old clothes and only wear things that fit and make me feel good. I’m so ready for spring!

  88. Yay for this! Cleaning my closet was on my list for last week, but it never happened. I’m so glad it’s the #1 hotspot b/c we’re having a garage sale on the 19th and it needed to get done,

    I know I’m getting rid of SHOES. Yep, I said it. Goodbye sweet, impractical shoes.

  89. I actually just did the whole “clean out the closet” thing right before Christmas. I was so TIRED of all of the JUNK we seem to accumulate! I did not really clean out my drawers then, so I will go through the clothes in the closet one more time and then tackle the dresser drawers. Hubby will have to tackle his own closet :-) I know that I have socks squirreled away that I never wear. Ditto for PJ’s and extra slips.

  90. I went through my underwear drawers 2 weeks ago. A lady in my yoga class was taking donated underwear to a mission in Mexico for her church. It’s another idea of where to donate cloths.
    And I do also have the policy of ” if something comes in then something has to go out”. But that doesn’t always work!!!
    Love this project idea!

  91. I also did this last week without before pics. :) (inspired by the Happiness Project) and feel amazing! I got rid of everything that I didn’t love and that didn’t fit. Those small sized jeans can’t mock me anymore. And if or when I get back down to that pre-baby size, don’t I deserve a NEW pair of jeans? Now I want to make my closet pretty? Maybe some fun wallpaper or something to inspire me.

  92. OMG – THANK YOU!!!! I just decided this weekend (when I couldn’t find matching shoes and have NO idea what to pack for upcoming trip) that this week, I *will* clean out my closet. I am in between sizes and already buying motivational clothes for meeting next weight loss goal BUT…haven’t discarded the now-too-big-for-me clothes. Warning: the before pic might be mighty scary. lol.
    I love that I just found your blog and perfect timing too. I immediately went over to Amazon and purchased your book. Can’t wait to get started and see what’s to come.

  93. Yay!! I am so excited to declutter!! I was slightly dissapointed that the first week was the closet, but I went ahead and jumped right in. I am halfway finished and have gotten rid of 4 trash bags of clothes!! I still have much to do, but I am well on my way to organizing and decluttering!!

    ~Lisa

  94. After five years of being a stay-at-home mom, I finally, tearfully gave away my work clothes. What helped was having my best friend working mom come over and try them on and I told stories for each outfit. It turned out to be cleansing and cathardic as I said goodbye to a part of me I was having trouble letting go.

    Now, my closets need to go to the next step of de-cluttering. The mommy clothes from too many seasons past! I’m joining in personally. And will be inviting friends to join in with a giveaway this week too!

    Thanks Tsh!

  95. What, you don’t think my 90s Doc Marten boots should still be in my closet??? Oh, no, I’m going to have to rethink…. :) (Kidding – I haven’t worn them in years, but I don’t know that I would have thought to get rid of them.) Thanks for the push to deal with my clothing clutter!

    • I still have my Docs too! I refuse to get rid of them for sentimental reasons. I keep trying but I just can’t bring myself to do it. I allow myself to keep a small amount of “stuff” just because it means something important to me, even if I’m not currently using them in the way they were intended (I have a ratty green Kurt Cobain sweater that goes with them, which I also refuse to part with).

  96. Oh MAN… I’m 7 months pregnant! NOTHING in my closet will fit right now (aside from my maternity clothes). I purged my closet/wardrobe right before getting pregnant, but there are probably somethings I can reassess. If nothing else, I can get it all cleaned up and looking presentable!

  97. I had to laugh with my husband last night as we said my closet is going to close in on us…this Hot Spot is so timely! I have a section of clothes to bring to a local consignment shop that have been there a YEAR! I needed this spark to get going and get rid of all the clothes that don’t work after baby #2, and put away the maternity clothes. I’m a little scared to show the “before” pictures…I guess my “after” needs to be great!

  98. yay,
    I actually started on this at the weekend and just called the army vets to schedule a pick up for thursday.Still have a way to go but their are four bags outside allready:0)

    lets get to it:0)

  99. I just did this. Just wanted to chime in about how awesome it feels to know you can wear almost everything in your closet. Almost everything, I have an 8 month old and yes, still breastfeeding…..so I have a few things set aside for the slightly smaller gal I will once again be at some point in the future. Looking forward to the coming weeks of hotspots.

  100. I can’t wait to get started. I do go through my clothing every season, but I don’t really go through it. I have my note cards and will start making my piles today!

  101. I will be getting rid of some formal dresses I never wear, some shoes (okay lots of shoes) and storing some of my professional clothing that I don’t need right now but are timeless classics I can wear in the future.

  102. I’ll have to wait on this one. I’m 6 months pregnant and my maternity wardrobe is very limited! All my regular clothes are packed up until after baby comes, so this will be a good project for the summer.

  103. I know right now that I will be getting rid of my maternity clothes. My baby is 7 months old and we are done. (we have 4 under 6yrs old) I need to get them out so I have no choice but to lose the weight. I will have no more Plan B if things aren’t fitting.

  104. I did a major purge on my closet last year after leaving my job, but I am actually ready to do some more. I want to be able to glance in my closet easily and see what to wear without having to dig thru stuff!
    Bernice

  105. Oh I was coming up with all sorts of excuses of why I can’t play along…breastfeeding, still losing baby weight…but nevermind, as I kept reading you blew all my excuses out of the water. But I’m excited now! I just took my before pictures and got my boxes & bags ready. Here I go!

  106. Ok, I’ve been having a hard time getting organized and feel so overwhelmed by the clutter! Thanks for posting this! I just may be able to actually get some decluttering done this week and may join in the fun here!

  107. I did this a few weeks ago. I will have to get DH to do his half and take pictures!

    I tell you what, I LOVE seeing before and after pictures so much. I take pictures of everything now. :)

  108. Can someone tell me how I’ve accumulated so much junk? I thought I purged this area during the Christmas break.

    I’m so thankful for the encouragement to do it right this time!

  109. Tsh,

    How long it toke you to do yours?

    Just to have a idea

    just got your book last week. So fun!

  110. I am long overdue for cleaning out my closet!! I know one thing I’ll be getting rid of is a hooded sweater vest I have held onto for YEARS. It has never fit right, but I’ve hung onto it, thinking someday when I lose enough weight, it’ll look how it’s supposed to look and be so cute! Yeah… even if I reach my goal weight, my chest will still be too large to ever look cute in that thing. It’s going!

  111. So….we are moving to Africa, Lord willing, in August. We think we’ll stay 2 years. What would you do with sweaters, wool socks, and other things for cold weather (we currently live in Minnesota) if it’s likely you’ll at least return to MN for a short time after the 2 years? We also have to reduce what we “own” as we can only travel with 8 fifty pound boxes and the rest we would need to store here somewhere. (We’re a family of 4: Husband, Myself, 3 year old and 1 year old). I feel like I have purged my clothes so many times, but the super cute prebaby clothes are hard to part with—I feel convinced that someday I will return to a size 4….but by then, honestly, they’ll probably be out of style.

  112. We (I) just did this a few months ago, but I’m ashamed to admit that the items to sell on e-bay are STILL in a box in our upstairs hallway (*sigh) and the kids outgrown clothes are STILL waiting for their home in the garage for the next baby (*double sigh). Looks like I can’t get out of this weeks challenge … 😉 Boy, will it feel good to have it cleared out!
    …On another note, who really WANTS to get rid of their Doc Marten’s from the 90s! They’re doc martens!!! 😉

  113. Soooo excited about this! I’ve been meaning to do this, just like everyone else. I actually go thru my closet every few months, but I still have the hefty bag sitting on the floor. I’ve also been meaning to sell something on ebay, and that old bridesmaid dress is a great starting point!

  114. I just started doing this last week! (tis the season i guess, sounds like a lot of you did too) Im going to go back and do a run through, double check shoes, and my jewelery box! I shared this on Facebook to have my friends join in the challenge.
    Maybe i wont tackle anymore house projects until i know what the next hot spot is!!
    Thanks for doing this its fabulous!

  115. Can’t wait to get started, although I try to purge my clothes often……………..having 3 babies in the past 4.5 years has left me with LOADS of “gotta-fit-back-into-this” clothes. It’s also one of the To Do’s I have my clients tackle when selling their home………..people LOVE a clean and tidy closet!

  116. I have been in and out of pregnancies over the last three years (7months pregnant with third kid, 2.5 y/o, 1 y/o.) We moved recently and our rooms have small closets- I learned early in marriage that I cannot share a closet with my husband, so he has his own in our room, and I have a large dresser and 1/4 of my 1 y/o’s closet for formal wear- all that to say everything I wear needs to fit into a large dresser. I’m way behind on laundry, and I have sizes ranging from 14-22 because I’m about 60lbs heavier than where I was 3 years ago w/first pregnancy. I just have a hard time knowing what to keep and get rid of because I know this is our last child and all I’ve worn in the last 3 years has been maternity clothes! I don’t know where to start.

  117. This is so cool – I started cleaning out my closet last week! I have a lot of shirts that don’t fit well anymore and went on a rampage, pulling out everything that didn’t fit. Of course, it’s all on the floor of my closet because I don’t have a box or something to put the clothes in.

    My closet usually isn’t too bad, thanks to advice from a high school english teacher. She told me that if I can keep my closet organized, then I can keep anything organized – and she was right! Ever since, I’ve kept my closet (mostly) organized. If things get out of hand in the rest of my house, I look at my closet – and it’s usually messy, too.

  118. This might take me longer thana wekk! I ahve clothes in……4 closets!!! Yup, you read that correctly! I will try, you have motivated me!!!

  119. Thank goodness! I have had one of the hardest weeks in my professional life starting last Tuesday, so I am SO relieved to see that I actually accomplished this task last weekend on a whim! It feels SO good to have it done and to see the pile of things that are moving out of my life. Freeing actually! I am really looking forward to the rest of the steps. After this last week, I am ready to S.I.M.P.L.I.F.Y. NOW! Keep all those great posts coming. :-)

  120. Your ‘let’s take care of ourselves’ comment really struck me. I have redone the closets of all the kids and my husband, but can’t even see the floor of my own! My 4 year old daughter likes to pull things off their hangers, try on all my shoes and leave everything in a heap. It drives me crazy every day I go in there, but I just haven’t carved out enough time to get it done properly. This is the week.

    It is! It is!!

    Thanks for the motivation!

  121. Yeah, in maternity clothes right now. Maybe we’ll wait on this a few months because none of my clothes fit!

  122. I am excited to do this too. I have some clothes in the basement that are labeled “pre-preg” clothes – they need to be dealt with considering my youngest just turned 3!

  123. I’m so glad you’re all excited! I am, too.

    I know it’s hard if you’re pregnant, or were just pregnant. Go easy on yourself, and pile on the grace. :)

    And for everyone bemoaning the fact that they just did their closet without the before-and-after pics, it reminds me of a suggestion for other cleaning projects in the future — ALWAYS take a ‘before’ picture! Even if you don’t plan on posting or writing about it. Because that in itself is motivating! Something about seeing it on camera gets you fired up to make it look different, and when it’s done, then you can go back and forth between the photos and give yourself a bit pat on the back. It’s always encouraging.

    Alright, off to take my before pics!

  124. I, too, did this last week & this weekend! Feels great and I love going into the closet now. Hubby noticed right away and was so happy to see more things leaving the house. I tackled the entryway closet and found 8 (yes 8) great condition winter coats of ours that were donated this morning. One I had been keeping but not wearing, but when I asked him his opinion, he said he never liked me in it – instead of being offended, I said – thanks and tossed it. I already have one I always wear and he likes. Didn’t know decluttering could be so fun & freeing!

  125. Any suggestions for the preggo? I’ve still got all summer before new baby arrives. There are some things that I can obviously ditch or pass on but what about everything else?

  126. I’ve GOT to do this. Really. Truthfully. I’m ashamed to admit- I don’t use my closet. Or dresser. I wish I could say I use a laundry basket. Sadly, my kids have discovered that folded laundry means stuff they can toss on Mom’s bedroom floor. And it STAYS there. *hangs head in shame*

    I’m going to do this— so I can SEE my bedroom floor and actually feel rested in the one room in my house where I should feel able to rest.

  127. I’m in!!

    My spare room is an absolute disgrace because I’ve just thrown everything in there in piles while we were getting our master bedroom stripped out for renovation.
    Time to clean out and simplify…I’m on it.

  128. I recently did this to my husband’s closet since I just started doing his laundry. This is a perfect starting point for me since I have a closet full of business clothes that I never wear anymore (new stay-at-home mom) and not a lot of simple, comfortable summer clothes for my new “job”!

  129. This is so cool! I did this yesterday(with a very reluctant spouse) I have such a hard time getting him to let go. I’m just thrilled that I am one step ahead this week. I don’t think that ever happens for me!!

  130. Looking forward to this but it will be a challenge for me because I am 7 months pregnant and I don’t know what will fit me once this baby pops out in June!

      • I LOVE this suggestion. I’m 24 weeks pregnant, and I was thinking of letting myself off the hook for pre-pregnancy clothes (I still have plenty to participate with!), but I’ve reconsidered. I’m also going to go through those two tubs of clothes and ask, “Am I really looking forward to wearing this again?” Very, very good idea. Thanks!

  131. Honestly, I was a bit surprised by the first hotspot but it make sense – a place I shouldn’t need anyone else opinion/help on, no excuse for me 😉

    I do have a question, is there a greener way to trash clothing? For example, since I became a mom, my jeans always break at the knee but the rest of it were fine. I can’t sew so I can’t repair or repurpose them. I also have some underwear that were like new condition but no longer fit. I don’t think we are supposed to donate those, right?

  132. Mind reader!!! I’ve been planning to tackle this for a while but have been feeling sooo overwhelmed by it. The way you you’ve broken it down into steps and given a concrete time limit makes me feel hopeful.

    I have to say that I COMPLETELY related to the piece about how we as moms often put ourselves last on the list- one of my birthday resolutions has been to work on this and know I’ve got a specific task to help me put my money where my mouth is.

    FYI, there’s a great piece on closet organizing in the April issue of Lucky magazine. Not a mag i usually read, but i picked it up when i was getting a pedicure yesterday (another part of my putting myself on the list plan). Check it out!

    Thanks for the inspiration Tsh!!!

  133. Nuts, I just did this last week!

    Actually I did it before Christmas and was RUTHLESS and had lots for the charity pick up, and then I did it again this week as I packed up all I could in the closet in anticipation of our move! I could take an after picture of the nearly empty closet and sealed wardrobe boxes! :-) Maybe not.

  134. I love the timing on this project. In Eastern Orthodox Churches (Russian, Greek, Arabic) today is called “Clean Monday” and marks the beginning of Lent. Not only is it a time of fasting and increased prayer, Lent is also a time for increased giving to the poor. Where are my clothes going? http://www.focusna.org
    Thanks for the motivation!

  135. I’m exited. I’ve been waiting for the HOT spot! It was hard to wait, and I wonder If I would clean the spot the day before. I’m glad a wardrobe is always a working progress.

  136. I’m in! I did the kids’ clothes last week so it’ll feel good to to something for myself. Last night my husband and I wrote our purpose statement and this morning I framed it and hung it on the wall. As far as the closet, today all I managed to do was take the before pictures and replace the light bulbs (burnt out for weeks!) Tomorrow I’ll be ready to get serious about getting rid of some clothes, and the one thing I know I’ll toss? An old college sweatshirt.

  137. My wardrobe consists of 4 shirts, & 2 jeans. I also own 2 pairs of running shorts, 1 pair if running pants, 3 running shirts (2 s.s. 1 l.s.). NONE of it is going anywhere, since that is ALL I OWN!!! I’m due to get some new clothes, I just dislike shopping for them.

  138. I’m kind of surprised you didn’t mention recycling as an option for the “toss” pile. Most Goodwill or Salvation Army stores are happy to accept small amounts of ruined clothing (such as the amount that might come from one person’s closet); they bale the clothes and sell them to recyclers who turn the fabric into rags, insulation, etc. If your local Goodwill/Salvation Army doesn’t recycle, you can call your local government’s recycling department for referrals or use a website like earth911.org to find a textile recycler in your area.

    • That’s interesting. I’m just going on what my friend says, who works in the Goodwill offices. She says the time they just have to chuck most the items they can’t sell because of holes or stains. So I’m guessing it’s a city-by-city situation. Meaning — call your local charity centers to find out what they do. And thanks for the website tip! Didn’t know about that one.

    • Thank you very much for the tip. So often, I kept an item only because I do not know how else to deal with it. It may not be good enough for resale but could definitely be reuse, repair or repurpose, it is just that I am not crafty enough to do it myself…

  139. I totally need to clean out my closet, but right now I have two wardrobes going on since I’m 7 months pregnant. If I can just make everything neat and also clean out what I know I won’t ever wear, that will be a good start.

  140. Hooray for cleaning out my closet! I got rid of a few items a couple weeks ago (hole-y old t-shirts from college) but more needs to go…and the non clothing items need to go as well.

    Here’s to an easier time navigating my wardrobe!

  141. Oh My! Do i ever need to do this. After baby #2, I have clothes ranging from sizes 10 -2. We have a LARGE closet, which is nice but also means I have a tendency to hold on to more than I need. LET’S DO IT!!!

  142. Getting rid of my clothes, not so difficult. Trying to decide what to save from my 2 year old and 7 month old…much more difficult! Looking forward to more space!

  143. This is actually a project I’ve had on my list to do. I noticed that every time I had a basket of laundry and was “out” of clothes to wear, I would still have a pile of clothes sitting around and filling the closet. I’m still moving around Christmas clothing too. I’ve already weeded that stuff out and packed it away. I’m still trying on things to determine which ones to keep. This is going to be awesome to have the clothes all in order and the closet filled with the clothes I actually wear. I’m getting rid of all my permanently stained shirts that I save to wear around the house, as if it doesn’t matter what I wear in front of my husband and kids.

    The Cleanse Your Life program sounds amazing!

  144. I read the post this morning, got my girls on board to help me (ages 4 years and 20 months) and I’m already done (their busy 3 year old brother was at preschool). It feels great!

    After 5 years of pregnancy and/or breastfeeding, I was ready to get rid of some old things to make room for more of the stuff I’m actually wearing these days. Although I THOUGHT I was good at purging, I still managed to find 5 bags to donate to our preschool garage sale this spring.

    Thanks for the inspiration!

  145. You’ve been peeking, haven’t you? Like you said, there are plenty of more “visible” areas in my house that need attention…but this one has been on my mind the most lately. I have a physical limitation {appt. with an orthopaedic surgeon on Thursday}…but I am confident I can do this one without incident {and I have an 18 yr old homeschooled daughter I can yell to for help if I need it}. Pray I have the discipline to get ‘er done!

  146. I love starting here. I cleaned our pantry and laundry room earlier this year…but I love starting with something personal. It makes you do some hard work and make hard decisions. Then, making hard decisions will come easier in future projects!

  147. Perfect timing! We are preparing to pack for a trip and I’ll have to go through all the closets anyhow.
    If you don’t mind, may I add that my friend’s nonprofit http://www.changepurse.org will take your gently used, somewhat trendy (so they can be resold) purses….
    Thanks. :)

  148. I have been dying to start this challenge! I am so glad the start day is finally here!

    I have a pretty lean closet. I keep my kids clothes culled too. I find it is just easier to have less and wear it all. It also makes me stay on top of our laundry!

    I will be posting and following along on my blog starting tomorrow!
    http://www.warriorMAMA.com

    :)
    Lisa

  149. I’m doing this because I am sick of going to my closet and finding nothing I want to wear. By the time I’m finished, it will most likely be empty.

  150. This is the motivation I needed. I am 14 weeks pregnant and already gowing out of clothes and am finding it hard having a wardrobe full of clothes some of which I can’t wear, I bought space saver vaccum bags to put clothes in and I will stick a list on the outside so I know what the contents are. I love these bags as they fit under the bed and are soo easy to see inside.
    Thanks Heaps for this challenge and the motivation :-)

  151. My closet has taken on a life of it’s own! I so need to do this. The problem is that I have a bunch of “projects” I hope to complete this year. One of them being a closet renovation (new shelves, drawers,etc). The renovation isn’t top priority and I’ve been neglecting this area of my house for too long. I’m up for the challenge!

  152. This is great, because I just went through my dresser a few weeks ago and went through the kids’ clothes this past weekend! I feel like I have a head start. :) Now all that’s left is the closet…but it is in awful shape. Will be nice to actually have space in the closet again when I am done!

  153. OK – so I started today and put over 50% of what was hanging in my close in the “garage sale” pile! Very cool! My husband is already asking if I will do his closet…..and my oldest daughter wants to do her “wardrobe”. Friday is going to come fast. I game the project a plug on my blog too….

  154. Hi Tsh,
    I have been so enjoying your blog and being motivated by this Project Simplify.
    I would like to take part in the Flickerpool part of the project but have never used Flicker. Could you give us some instructions about how to join and post our pictures?
    Now, I am off to my closet :)
    Thanks,
    Anna

  155. This is great cause I’m 50% done! I cleared out my closets about 2 months ago but I still have my drawers to go through. I also have off season clothing that I store in plastic containers, which I mostly don’t use…now that I think about it. I’m excited cause I figured out I could re-purpose a lot of my clothes and what I don’t want, I’m going to make stuffed animals (and other things) with and sell :) Reuse, recycle!

  156. And I’m another one who began my closet purging this past Saturday!

    I’ve been ‘editing and simplifying for about 5 years now and I continue to pair down my closet. I recruited my good friend Angie over at http://eismandesign.com (with great fashion taste and an eye for what works on me) to help me. She promised to be blunt and honest.

    I am only partially finished based on your Plan above, missed taking the ‘before’ photos…but already feel the freedom it brings to ‘Simplify!’

    Together, Angie and I have gone through a first big ‘edit’ – clearing out what I don’t wear, what’s dated, what isn’t my color. Some things I tried on while Angie was here. Now, I plan to use your advice (just found your site today) to go back, try everything on and take photos to see how it looks… and hopefully Simplify even more!

    So far, there’s LOTS in the ‘Give’ pile – that’s the added blessing in this!

    Thanks Tsh!!!

  157. Tsh, I am so ready to be part of this challenge. I did have a big clean/toss thingy recently and your book has been a huge inspiration to tackle many areas of my home.
    I am hoping to lose more of my post pregnancy fat ‘hope’ ha ha! so I am being a bit lenient with tossing at this stage. The first on my toss list were some jammies that have served me well for 10 years :)

  158. Great Idea! Our WIC is disorganized and cluttered. Hubby’s dresser has at least as many clothes sitting on top of it as it does in the dresser because he’s not good AT ALL at putting them away. Maybe this week I can lead by example and get him to sort through his clothes as I sort through mine and weed out the rest of the closet.

  159. Well, I continue to try to talk myself out of starting this! Horrible I know – but honest :) My word, I’m so much better at keeping other areas of my house in order but NOT my closet! It has a book shelf, it stores extra material, yarns, it’s our medicine cabinet, plus it hold all our way to many clothes, etc! :) I keep coming up with every excuse in the world to not start THERE. AAGHHH – it is definitely not that I mind getting rid of stuff – it’s just not knowing where to start in the tunnel of clutter! Ok ladies – I hope to be joining you despite everything in me fighting against it! By the way, we just finished our family purpose statement and it should be arriving on my front porch today in print form ready for a frame and to be hung on the living room wall!

  160. So excited about this! I bought your book a few weeks ago and have read it cover to cover twice and am now going through it slowly. I was going to do your plan in the book and then noticed this! I have recently lost 30 pounds and counting and my 16 month old just stopped nursing. My wardrobe is in desperate need of assistance. You have made me look deep inside and implement some changes that needed to happen long ago. I turned my kids(8 1/2, 4 1/2, 16 months) media free Monday-Friday starting last week. The change is amazing. I am taking a hard look at many things in our lives. Thank you for giving me an amzing guide.

  161. I just started this last weekend. I change sizes all the time, so I already have a system for moving different seasons and sizes in and out of our funky-sized closets in our 1913 home. Where we needed help was getting stuff out of the closet that really shouldn’t live in the clothes closet– boxes of photos, musical instruments, magazines I meant to give away, boxes, bags, and laundry baskets of stuff we hid when people came over. Just THAT part has taken me the better part of a week– and I’m still not done. My rule is that if stuff doesn’t have a home it has to get one or go. It’s *hard*.

  162. Yep, guess it’s time to get rid of that “matron of honor” dress from 7 years ago. I mean, really, when will I ever wear that again??
    The question is…what should I do with it? Hmmmm…..

  163. This comes at a good time as the weather warms up. And I love the idea of setting aside a little money to begin purchasing items that I love to be part of my wardrobe. I’m off to do some laundry so everything will be clean and ready to go!

  164. This will be a challenge for me. I have recently gone through my closet and weeded much out, but I think I can do a bit better and organize it by item and colour.
    I have also added my dresser drawers to this weeks challenge, mostly because this is an area where I need to work.

  165. I would be all over this except I’m 4 months pregnant – you know the akward phase where everyone is looking at you like “Is she pregnant or does she need to find a gym?” The last time I tackled my clothes while pregnant, I got rid of a lot of stuff I loved and kept some seriously crappy items… Pregnant women should proceed with caution

  166. Thanks for such inspiring stuff…as always!

    Goodwill recycles clothing that is too worn to sell. Here’s a little blurb I found at Mother Nature Network (after a google search)

    “When Goodwill receives textile donations that are too worn out to be given to secondhand shops, they sell them to textile recyclers. There, the fabric fibers can be transformed into polishing rags for industrial use, insulation and padding, car mats, fancy cotton-fiber paper, and lots more. Proceeds help fund employment programs for disabled and disadvantaged people, says Lauren Lawson, Goodwill spokesperson.”

    How cool is that! Keep it out of the landfill, and an easy no-guilt way to get rid of it!

  167. I’m 100% loving this first challenge. When I went into my closet this morning I thought that it was pretty good. I started organizing and decluttering and there’s more to be done than I thought! :-) I’ve already made good progress and I love how it looks. I can’t wait for it to be done!

  168. I went at this with gusto yesterday and am so happy with the results. I ended out with two free dresser drawers that now house 2/3 of my knitting stash and supplies. One of my daughters (who loves this kind of stuff) went at it, too. Those two drawers make me so happy to open. I think I’ll call them my happy drawers!

  169. I did this a about a month ago. I went through all my clothes and shoes and got rid of two huge garbage bags full of clothes. However, I avoided my gigantic jewelry box. I have more earrings than humanly possible. I need to go through that. Thanks for the encouragement.

  170. My house REALLY needs this challenge and I’m going to attempt it, but just a heads up… it’ll take LONGER than a week :s
    My wardrobe is a HUUUUUUGE laundry pile on the floor of my laundry and 4 garbage bags I have already started to sort our clothes into. This does include the whole family’s clothing though…

  171. I just finished :-) I’m pretty good about going through my clothes, but I decided to be RUTHLESS today. Ended up with a whole box to donate & surprisingly, a small bag of trash, too!
    Confession ~ I expected that you’d start in the living room or entryway. Since my living room IS my entry and it’s gotten so cluttered, I got a head start on the weekend so I wouldn’t be thoroughly embarrassed by my before photos 😉 sadly – it’s still probably embarrassing…

  172. I just finished :-) I’m pretty good about going through my clothes, but I decided to be RUTHLESS today. I actually ended up with a whole box to donate & surprisingly, a small bag of trash, too!
    Confession ~ I expected that you’d start in the living room or entryway. Since my living room IS my entry and it’s gotten so cluttered, I got a head start on the weekend so I wouldn’t be thoroughly embarrassed by my before photos 😉 sadly – it’s still embarrassing…

  173. I am so genuinely inspired by your post! I never thought to use a camera when decided on keeping clothes or not. Great idea! My closet is in sad shape and I am going to move this activity to the top of my “to-do” list. Thanks so much!

  174. I’ve culled out so much of my wardrobe that I don’t have many clothes left. Not much to organize when I threw so much away.

  175. This is my first stop on the site. I was excited because in January I wanted to do something for myself that would also improve my living space. I decided to learn to eat properly, enjoying my food and eating what is good for me as well as eating what looks good on me. I have taken a similar tactic with my closet. I am wearing only that which looks really good on me and makes me feel good. All the rest has been going to the Gospel Mission. I have gone through the winter stuff and am making my way through summer clothes. My food plan is making me look and feel better and my clothes look good in my closet and on me.

  176. looking forward to the wardrobe overhaul! been guilty of stuffing one season’s clothes in a plastic storage and unpacking the next season’s from another with not much thought for a while.

  177. I am attempting to.. but this am.. smoke came out of my washer as I am trying to wash my laundry…. siggggh… perhaps a sign, that I should postpone? anyway, I just lost my gallbladder and along with it 8 lbs so far.. so perhaps… those clothes will someday fit :-)

    flo

  178. RE: the old tee shirts and cotton dress shirts (and worn towels and sheets) – don’t just toss them. Animal shelters can often use them for bedding. It’s worth a call to your local Humane Society or Shelter to see if the worn clothes can stay out of the land fill for a bit longer.

  179. So far I haven’t seen any before closets that are as embarrassing as mine!!! I’m waiting until Friday to post my before pics on flickr, in hopes that the after pics will redem my before pics. I actually step/hurdle over Christmas decorations to get to my side of the closet, and use a flashlight to search the dark corner piles of shoes/bags/things that fell. It’s really bad. So if there are any other closet slobs out there, please don’t chicken out on posting pictures!

    • Mine is terrible too. Actually my entire bedroom. I don’t even know what is at the bottom of my closet. I can’t believe how many people have so few things (based on the posts above)!

  180. Is this supposed to be only MY clothes? Do I also tackle my husband’s? Also, my closet stores a majority of my library where I keep the books we aren’t using this year in our homeschooling, our household files (ie, tax returns, 7 year files, etc) as well as a majority of our linens.

    If this does include the entire closet, I will need a few weeks…LOL

  181. This is great! Timely too. I’m in. Got your cute button too.
    I better get the book next. I need it right now.
    Thank you.

  182. Wow! This has been tough this week but I am bound and determined to get through it. So hard finding the time with an 8 month old, 4 year old, 10 year old I homeschool, and working 2 jobs in the evening. But it desperately needs done. I think you were right to start in the closet. This is an area I have been trying to purge for years! I have clothes that my mother made for me when I student taught in 1991! Not kidding! They NEED to go! I just hope I can get through everything by Friday. I have clothes not only in my own closet but my son’s as well. Got rid of 3 boxes and filled one bag for consignment over the last two days. So glad you organized this. Thank you!

  183. I started today, but it’s going to take a miracle to finish by Friday! Plus, I’m REALLY embarrassed about the “before” pic…

  184. I just started this last week! I wish I had the forethought to have taken pictures. The closet is a great place to start culling because it lets you get yourself in order! For me, it was a chance to get my clothes accessible so I would stop wearing my fleece pj pants all day and shake off this winter funk! I have to admit that I still have my donation and consignment clothing boxes downstairs waiting for all this rain to stop so I can haul them away.

  185. This is a great starting point, Tsh! How is it that I just did this a few months ago and now there’s still so much in the “go” piles? Apparently, it takes practice to reduce clinginess to unnecessary stuff. Who knew?! Definitely going now: maternity clothes. I had such great maternity clothes that I KEPT THEM despite the fact that my baby is now three and we don’t plan on having more children, just in case a girlfriend who is magically my size and carries the same way would like them. My maternity coat finally went in the post to one such girlfriend, but that’s all she was after. Have I mentioned that it is all moved internationally and then again locally with me? Crazy. It’s time for it to GO.

  186. This is definitely something I need to work on! Thanks for the motivation. Is there any way that we could get our hot spot to work on on Friday or have through Sunday to put up our pictures? I work during the week and have trouble completing something like cleaning out my whole closet before Saturday.

  187. I had started this the weekend before. Thankfully I didn’t get very far so I was able to take some before pics. It feels so good to go through all of my clothes. I found some amazing pieces that I had totally forgotten I owned. Now getting ready for the day is much easier and I feel a little bit better about myself.

  188. I didn’t figure I would find much since I go through it regularly, but I’ve managed to fill an entire box! I’m headed to a major outlet mall here soon as part of a birthday excursion :) so depending on how much spending we work in our budget I may get rid of a few more “on the fence” items. I don’t think I’ll donate until after I buy the new clothes in case I add more to it.
    A great bonus – it gave me a chance to reflect on what I have so I know what I’m looking for this weekend instead of winging it with whatever looks good and costs little. I’m sure I’ll save money AND be more satisfied with the purchases I do make!

  189. This is such a fabulous idea! I don’t think I’ve cleaned out my closet in years. Mostly because maybe something will fit later when I’m super skinny or I’ll move somewhere where the weather is different. I have like 100 things in the closet so it LOOKS like I have tons to wear but I only wear the same 10 things! So I always feel like I have no cute clothes. Maybe getting rid of the stuff I don’t wear will get me motivated to go buy cute stuff that fits.

  190. Here’s mine! I have so few clothes, it didn’t take very long, but it did much improve the look of the closet. And I even had a little {unexpected} fun trying stuff on.

  191. A week is not enough….ahhhhhH! And, I’m going on vacation…and…um, well I think I’ll take a hall pass & try to get it on the others projects…in the mean time friends….work your closet magic and maybe I’ll get inspired!! :) ~Chris Ann

  192. I’m done! I’m done! I cannot believe what I found in my closet! Not only did I get rid of 3 kitchen bags of clothes, I also did my husbands’ closet, and started my daughters’. It was a ton of work, but so worth it! I haven’t touched this closet except to switch seasons, for 12 years. It’s such a transformation and my little girls helped me paint it too! Thanks for the motivation, and inspiration. I hope everyone feels as good as I do about this.

  193. I didn’t find out about this project until Friday night. But I’m joining anyway, I hope that’s okay! :) I did clean out my closet and drawers yesterday afternoon, and I was RUTHLESS! it felt quite good to get rid of a few tops that I know fit, and are okay colors, but I have essentially come to hate. I also found that i had 2 drawers in my “new” dressers that I never got around to putting much in, and in the finding I found a pair of pajama pants that I have been missing for MONTHS! And I have a significant bag of clothes to be donated now. And all my drawers are getting effectively used. And my closet FEELS tidier! So exciting!! (downside is now my office/spare room has become a ridiculous mess, but that’s on my list of things to tackle in small bits. =D )

  194. It’s a miracle I found this website when I did! I have committed to 40 days to declutter. So…ah…perfect timing! I tackled my closet today and wow! I can’t believe how much better it feels. Plus, I’ll be sending the clothes forward to people that need it. Win-win situation. I posted my results at the FLickr Pool! Thanks Simple Mom.net! This website rocks!

  195. Okay, so this challenge Project Simplify is so timely! I am in desperate need of dejunking, organizing and reclaiming our house. I have small children so the weekends is when I can get the bulk of my projects done… nevertheless… I did get to my closet and have posted before and after photos on FLICKR (here is the link to my photos before and after – http://www.flickr.com/photos/60547324@N05/ )…. probably missed the deadline to be included in the giveaway but I still did it, YEAH!

    Thanks for helping me get on track… looking forward to this week’s hot spot! Appreciate you! Amanda Thompson

  196. We have a group of us on my mom’s site doing this together. Looks like it’s been a good week and very satisfying for everyone. Lots of bags of donations and purging done this week.

    We can’t wait to see Project #2 tomorrow.

  197. I’m completely behind on joining in because I wasn’t paying attention to the fact there there was a project simplify going on over here! Oops! Good news though, I clean out my closet every 3-4 months (about every season) and I DID clean out my closet last week and dropped off items at goodwill! Talk about perfect timing. 😉
    I’ll be joining in on the other activities on time for sure.

    • Oh, and I forgot to answer the question. I knew I was getting rid of a pair of heels that I’ve had for nearly 4 years that I rarely wore. It was pretty hard to let them go because I did love looking at them…

  198. Great title! I had to read it just to see what the hot spot was and think about whether I needed to declutter that area myself!

  199. I just found this today and I’m going to get started. I haven’t read all the comments so someone may have already said this. If you’re going to donate your items and you itemize on your taxes make a list of the items as you take them out of your closet, etc. This has caused delays for me in the past as I’ve made piles and filled boxes but then “need” to write things down before I can get them out of the house.

  200. This is just what I need! I have been bemoaning the “stuff-take-over” going on in my house right now and I am so in for this project. Also, I love that you mentioned “breastfeeding, anyone?” because that is where I’m at! I can’t stand to pitch clothes that I think (hope?!) will fit when I quit nursing, but I still seem to find 75% of my closet right now is un-wearable. It is time for a clean out!

  201. I just found this project!! All my friends are talking about it! I am caught up with my child’s clothes and toys (I did this last week not even knowing about the project) so I’m trying to catch up! I’m so excited but I think that my hubby is even more excited about our house becoming “less stressful!” Thanks for the tools for success!! Wish me luck as I tackle our closet full of different sizes, maternity, post- maternity and now preggers again.

  202. Well, I did it! Several weeks behind, but I didn’t see this post until week 2. However, I wanted to start here because after just having a baby (seems to be a theme around here) this desperately needed to happen.
    My post: http://twistingturningnever-ending.blogspot.com/2011/03/project-simplify-presents-my-wardrobe.html

    The one thing I knew I had to get rid of: the small stash of clothes left over from college that I keep fantasizing about fitting back into, but know I never will.

  203. Thanks for this! I do wish someone would come up with a list like Tim Gunn’s that is more geared for stay-at-home moms who don’t need a bunch of “dressy” items in their closets that will just get stained and spit up on. I’m not a fan of the yoga pants and dirty t-shirt look, and tend to try to look nice every day, but Tim’s list frustrated me.

    Several years ago I made a list of every item of clothing I owned, and then categorized the list by season and then by clothing type (tops, sweaters, skirts, dresses, dressy clothes, etc). I sat for a while and decided how many pieces of each “type” of clothing I needed for each season, trying to make the decision based on clothing that could be worn more than one season (3/4 sleeve shirts are great for this), and came up with a final number of items. I think I had a rule of three–three shirts, three skirts, three dresses, etc. (I didn’t wear/own any pants at the time). Then I went through the closet and weeded out. I got my husband to do the same thing. I will admit that my numbers have gone up since I did that before having babies, and needing maternity/postpartum wardrobes in addition to my “regular” clothes, but we have extremely limited closet space, so I have to keep my numbers low. (Plus my last baby was a major spitter, so I had to have more than three shirts around or risk doing laundry every other day!)

    I still wish I had a master mom list for all those categories of clothing. I’ve asked around and been told to purge anything that doesn’t fit right, but what doesn’t fit right today (at 20.5 weeks pregnant) might fit in a month, or what fit in January might look okay again in the fall postpartum. The constant up and down makes it hard to know how to best utilize the space and keep everything simple.

    I used to have a goal of one pair of every day shoes, one dressy pair for adult outings, and one pair of winter boots, but I’ve given up on that fantasy this year as I’ve realized that shoes can make all the difference to a small wardrobe. So I have two pairs of ballet flats, one pair of ankle boots, one pair of tall winter boots, hiking boots that I use in bad weather, wedge sandals, flip flops, gym shoes, clogs, and three pairs of “dressy” shoes with heels. I do try to get rid of shoes that don’t fit properly, look strange on my feet, or that I “outgrow” during/after a pregnancy, or are just impractical with children.

    I hope to tackle this area again soon! Purging clothing/shoes is a regular (and cleansing) part of my routine!

  204. I found your website recently so I am going through some of the old posts and I like these projects. I’ve been slowly cleaning out my closet…since we moved last year, which is not very helpful. With the inspiration of your words, I took 4 boxes of clothes that have been sitting in the garage to a charity to donate today. It felt SO good! Thanks. :-)

  205. This is such an inspiring article and I’m not even a mom. :) For the past three days I spent cleaning out my closet and tried on every single piece of clothing I own. I filled two regular sized plastic bags of clothing I never wore or didn’t like anymore and was able to also neatly organize my closet…it’s the cleanest it has ever looked! Now I can see what types of clothes I wear most often and what styles I currently like.

    Unfortunately, when I happily showed my mom my closet and the bags of clothes I didn’t need anymore she only criticized me and said how I’m so wasteful. Even though I want to give them away she’s like “look how much money you’re throwing away and that’s why I don’t want to buy you any clothes anymore.” I don’t even go shopping a whole lot and don’t understand keeping something I never wear or use. I really wish she would read this article. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to deal with my mom on this subject? Thanks.