clutterI wanted to give an update on my progress simplifying our household. For the past several months I have been de-cluttering and organizing our home. There is a lot of information out there about living a minimalist lifestyle. I was quickly inspired to make some changes.

About a month ago I published my first post on minimalism. One statistic I referenced was that we wear 20% of the clothes in our closet 80% of the time. A day or two after that post I decided to clear out the unnecessary items in our closets.

I easily got rid of 40% of the stuff in my closet. If I didn’t like the fit or hadn’t worn it in the last 6 months it went. There were a few items I struggled to let go. I realized one of the reasons I wanted to continue to hold on to some of these clothes was because I had it so long. That makes no sense.

I did the same in the kid’s closet. Getting rid of clothes that didn’t fit or the complained about wearing. In all I packed up 7 bags of clothes for donation.

First of all I LOVE my clutter free closet. It really does make it easier to pick out my clothes. I no longer dread putting my clothes away. Just being in that closet would raise my anxiety levels. I didn’t realize it until it was gone.

I have also realized I can get rid of more. You heard me. More! I’m still only wearing 50% of the things in my minimized closet. Why hold onto clothing I don’t love? Every time I see that sweater that would look great on me if my chest was a little smaller I’m quick to feel negative about my body. I don’t need that. It has to go.

I had no idea how much negative energy and anxiety having a cluttered home caused. I’m still working on it, but seeing the difference in how I feel at home with the changes I have made inspires me to keep going.