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Sometime after Christmas I became a purging maniac. I think the current count of donations is somewhere around 20 large bags of clothing and household items dropped off at one of the local thrift stores. It feels remarkably good to let those things go. A clean closet is a happy closet. The sad part? I still have so much stuff. Like a totally ridiculous amount of stuff. That means the process continues…
What I’m Keeping
Things That Get Worn
The idea of limiting your closet to what you’re actually wearing is a lot harder than it sounds. I, like many people, have more than my fair share of items that I’ll wear “one day” hanging out in my closet. I’ve discovered that those “one day” items are totally hiding the “I’d wear that if I knew I had it” items hiding between them. Purging is helping me uncover some treasures I don’t even remember buying.
My Work Wardrobe
This is a sub-category of things that get worn. I work from home. My work wardrobe consists of what is comfortable. That doesn’t mean it’s a free for all. I’m trying to give a critical eye to all of those everyday pieces and decide if they also suitable for a quick run to the store. Mostly because it never fails that when I make a quick run to the store looking a mess I’ll run into someone I know. Running into someone when I’m properly dressed and actually wearing makeup? That never happens.
Things With Memories
I have a large collection of t-shirts from high school and college that are suitable for the rag bin. For some reason I can’t let them go. I also have an exceptionally large collection of dresses that I am purging. The dresses tied to special occasions, however? Those are staying. I have found that purging begets purging, however. The less I have the more I want to give away. Maybe one day I’ll be able to part with the things that are sentimental.
What’ I’m Purging
Things I Don’t Wear
Those previously mentioned “one day” items? They’re outta here. I’m making exceptions for sentimental items and a few special occasion pieces that I know will get worn this year. Otherwise? Buh bye.
Things That Don’t Fit
Consider this a sub-category of those “one day” items. I don’t care who you are. You have something in your closet that doesn’t fit you. It’s too big. It’s too small. It’s too uncomfortable. Whatever the reason, if you’re not wearing it, it’s taking up valuable real estate in your closet. Let it go make someone else happy.
Things That Are Damaged
Clothing with holes. Things that have gone all fuzzy. Anything that’s not in good repair goes. Be considerate here when it comes to donations. In most cases if it’s too damaged for you to wear it, it’s too damaged to drop off at a thrift store. Ask for their policies before you create extra work by giving away things that will only end up in the dumpster.
Things That Are Stained?
Got a stain on something that would otherwise be in your wardrobe rotation? Don’t be so fast to purge…
Give Clorox 2® Stain Remover & Color Booster a chance to bring them back to life. Clorox 2® helps to keep your clothes looking new and brighter for longer. Even if your clothes made it through the dryer, pre-treat with Clorox 2® Stain Remover & Color Booster, then wash as usual with Clorox 2® product and your favorite detergent. It removes four times more stains than detergent alone! Use it as a pre-treater for stains and in the wash to keep colors bright.
To pre-treat those tough stains apply the product directly to the stain and rub in gently. Allow it to set for 5-10 minutes but don’t allow it to dry before washing. Dealing with extra dirty clothes? Try pre-soaking in two gallons of water and 1 cap-full (to the first line) of product and allow it to soak for 30 minutes.
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