Renee and I are going through the house, getting rid of stuff. I can’t say enough, how great this feels.
I started with my closet. Here’s the before pics
Look at many clothes I had. I’m embarrassed. There was a time in my life when I valued myself by my “stuff”. Not anymore. Now, I get off on what I stand for. I get off on who I am when no one is looking.
Here’s the after pics
Renee and I have taken at least 10 giant sized trash bags, the kind you use when raking leaves, to the Goodwill. It feels freaking great. It’s really great knowing someone out there is getting great clothes.
I’m not done yet. What you see if the best and final. I think there’s more clothes I can get rid of. Because I wear the same 3 shirts and t-shirts all the time. I have 3 pair of trousers I wear. I wear the same shoes all the time.
We followed the Tidying Up model. If it wasn’t deeply meaningful and made us happy, it was gone. No second thoughts. And we’re not buying more stuff. I’ll keep patching my jeans till they can’t be patched anymore. Renee can’t do that, most women can’t. But when she needs to buy something she’s going to a consignment store.
What’s really cool about this is that my clothes will go to someone who’s trying to get back on their feet and needs something nice to wear to job interviews. I love that. Tears, I get.
Get rid of your stuff. If you’re like us, you have so much stuff — you don’t even know where most of it is. You have clothes you never wear. You have a bunch of stuff you don’t need. Help yourself, clean out your closet. Then clean out your house. Help others, donate your stuff — find a Denver Works in your area. Help the planet, consume less. Because the most responsible thing you can do, is buy something used and make it last forever.
I promise you, do this and you’ll feel better after you do.
There was a time when I thought stuff made me feel better. Man, was I wrong.