Clean up!

Clean up!

We always talk about spring cleaning, but why should that be the only time we dedicate time to clear out the clutter? This year, I’m dedicating time to work on things that better my life, no matter when. And that means WINTER cleaning – January/the new year seemed like a perfect time to take this on!

have less do more be more | sunshine & the bear

Because I live in a small row home and I’m a bit of a shopaholic, I have to rotate my clothes between summer/spring and fall/winter. Because the winter weather has been so erratic, I’ve made a mess trying to make all seasons available.

I don’t know about you, but I’ve definitely done this little dance over and over every year, even with things I literally NEVER WEAR.

I recently read an article from the New York Times article which references tips from Marie Kondo, author of the book “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing”. The basic concept is that we should start “seeing clothes organization not as a problem, but as a positive exercise. We should have a healthy relationship with our clothing pieces, and we should only hold on to those items that really bring us joy.” I love this idea.

Of course, it’s hard to determine if a t-shirt brings me joy or not…but the concept is definitely one I can grasp. We hold on to too much that we do not need. We gather things because we want stuff. We think “I’ll wear that someday…”

So this past month, I set out to clear out and organize…with joy in mind. For this concept, you “don’t just open up your closet and decide after a cursory glance that everything in it gives you a thrill…You must take each outfit in your hand.” It was tedious, but I took every single thing out of my closet and went through it piece by piece.

It took a lot of work, but I think I did good! I didn’t remove a ton because I still like it and/or it fit me (which was reassuring) but I tightened up the ship. Got rid of things that didn’t work for me inside and out. Honestly, when I go to grab something to wear now, it’s easier to see everything, it feel lighter and I feel better!

before after closet clean | sunshine & the bear

What do you think about this idea? How often to you declutter?