At the end of last year, I had a few days off from work, and felt my energy at night was boooooming! Once the kiddies go to sleep, my husband and I are usually in bed a minute and half after them. But not this night. I had this overwhelming and overpowering feeling to start going through my closet and donate everything I didn’t love, I no longer wore, I never wanted to wear again, and to give our closet some more breathing room.
I work from home. So before we go on I totally recognize and acknowledge that it’s much easier to have LESS clothes when you are in shorts or leggings 24/7. And now that we live in Florida it’s just one season. I’m kidding. It’s just summer and winter. So have to have things for both types of weather.
This particular night I just felt a need for a clearing, and for more energy, more space, more closet room, in an already non-stuffed closet. But you know what I was craving most? I was craving the desire to donate what I didn’t love, didn’t wear, didn’t need. What’s the point of holding on to ANYTHING that you don’t need/want/desire. I was ready to part with it, and part with it asap. And to back it up a bit, we went to a thrift store before the holidays. There so many around here, and it’s fun to just go walk around and check out what people give up. Or what they purchase in the first place and no longer need. And so we walked into a local one recently, and we found this youth Jacksonville Jaguars jersey. My son loves football, and enjoys wearing jerseys so we though it would be perfect to pick this up for him. We bleed Eagles green, but we still were super excited that we have a local football team so close to us everyone goes gaga for! Including us. And so this older Jags jersey was perfect for our little boy.
It didn’t have a tag on it, so we walked up to the register, and asked the price. It was $1. Yup, a $1. I was so happy, and so was my little man when he got it for Christmas. It was super fun to wear this last week when the Jags were in the playoffs, and a friend even borrowed it for her dress down day at school. It has brought a lot of happiness and fun, a little $1 shirt.
I share this, because I knew that whatever I had in my closet, that I wasn’t wearing, and rocking and loving around the home or town, others could perhaps use instead. I love sharing. The younger millennial generation is living and breathing and making an incredible amount of money with this concept – because it feels so good! From sharing info and photos and articles and cars, and houses – sharing is caring, and I feel the same way about my home, and life, and food, and clothes. And so these things had to go.
I packed away so much. Basically anything I didn’t love immediately after looking at it. I was holding onto some things because I though MAYBE they would look good soon or I would like them soon enough. Those went bye. I couldn’t stop. I just kept taking things off the hangers, and dropping them into the donate pile. Once I had a big bag of clothes, we dropped them off to this exact thrift store that sold us this little jersey. I figured, if their prices are so nice and fair, it would only make sense to give them back a little bit of what I had.
I also set a goal of not buying a single item of clothing for myself this year. Again, because I work from home, and still have most of my best dressy or business outfits, this was a realistic and not an extremely difficult goal to set. Yet, once a bigger event starts to come up, I will really have my resilience tested, because I am one to usually one to run out the day before, and buy something brand new. Yet, this year, the goal is to go back into my closet, and get something I 100% have versus spending money on buying more.
Items of clothes, regardless of price add up. Even if you are spending just $50 a month on new threads, that’s about $600 per year on clothes, and what if you buy more? These tiny purchases are hard to add up, and easy to ignore. Especially if charged. Oh, a bit here, and a bit there and without even knowing it, you may have been spending $5K or $10K on clothes per year, that it may take five times this amount to pay off.
I recently received a box of clothes from my mom she no longer wore. I went through all of the items, and picked out a handful of my favorites. My first instinct was to pick out more pieces and to keep more. But then I realized that I didn’t need to keep clothes that didn’t fit me perfectly, or that I would not enjoy wearing, or that I didn’t need. And so I sent the rest to a girlfriend who I enjoy sharing clothes with.
It’s amazing what happens, when you realize that you don’t need THAT much. That we really need very little to be extremely happy and satisfied. It’s a bit of a different way of THINKING about things and clothes and items, but when you look at what you have, and love it completely, then that’s powerful. We don’t need to keep adding and adding and adding onto what we already have. Instead, it’s just about being grateful grateful and grateful for what is already in our possession.
I have my jeans/shorts folded in another section, otherwise, this is it. It’s not perfection, it’s progress.
I’m not a very stylish or trendy person to begin with. I can only believe that if you love style and fashion then this might be a tough assignment of not buy anything for an entire year or longer . But what if you set a limit? What if you challenged yourself to get more creative with what you already had? What if you found more and different uses for your possessions? What if you picked your favorite things, and wore then just for a month, and then did not wear these items the next month? What if you kept switching it up, so you always felt you had new and interesting things? Or what if you challenged yourself to shopping just from the thrift store?
Is this about being perfect, and ONLY having 10 pieces of items. No, there is no need to be extreme. But it’s a daily practice to have what you need, appreciate it more than having more of what we don’t need. is my closet ONLY filled with just the few items that I love and wear. No, there’s extra in there. Extras that next month I may wear and not want to put down, or wear and donate. It’s a practice, a mindset, a way to continue evaluate what we have, and what we purchase.
Cheers, and save big by buying less, by loving what you already own, and sharing with others.