I don’t know about you, but following Dr. Oz’s advice can be a make work project. Yesterday, I wasn’t meeting my friend until 8:30, so that gave me an entire day, and no excuse, to not spend a few hours decluttering. Again, my goal is to have everything that I own or operate decluttered by December 31st – no ifs, ands or buts. That doesn’t mean that I can’t finish early and my competitive nature makes me want to finish early. This weekend’s project was to complete 2 sets of clothing cupboards in my pursuit of decluttering my life to transform my health. I have to admit, it was therapeutic, idle hands being the devil’s playthings and all : ) Truthfully, though, I actually enjoyed going through my things. One of the rules that the experts on Dr. Oz said that you should get rid of anything that you haven’t used in a year. I have a different philosophy when it comes to clothes though. It’s more the “Oh seriously, I love that top – I should really wear it more often.” I forgot some of what I own, found some old favourites and made a vow to shop my closet more. That didn’t mean that everything got a pass though. Au (and oh) contraire! I did take some advice, and created a keep, toss and donate pile for my clothes. The cupboards held my workout clothes and all of my summer tops. It took about 3 hours, but they were emptied, sorted, tossed, packed up (for donation) or folded and arranged by type and colour back in the cupboard (the Type A in me likes my things a certain way).
Here is a tally of what was tossed:
-2 exercise pants
-1 pair of dress pants
-1 pair of track pants
Total – 11 pieces of clothing
The proof is in the picture (not pudding, I don’t eat in my room – it grosses me out).
Now for the donation pile – I’m giving away:
-3 casual shirts
-and a partridge in a pear tree (just a little joke to see if you were paying attention)
Total – 17 pieces of clothing
Altogether, 28 pieces of clothing are leaving my closets forever. Number of items that I’ll truly miss – 1 – a top that I loved with a giant hole in it, I won’t be tempted to wear it, because there is no need to look like moths have invaded my home. I’ll keep you posted on my progress every week. Meanwhile, tomorrow, it’s back to reporting on the sheep that I’m supposed to be counting.
Just a little note on gratitude. Today, I’m grateful that I had a productive weekend. Boring, I know, but there was some fun mixed in. Sometimes, working on an achievable goal is worth being grateful for. I’d love to hear what some of your goals are for the rest of 2014 – just let me know and for that, I’ll be…