Keep it or toss it?

United States
April 25, 2008 10:26pm CST
I think one of the things that saved me the most in life was to get rid of the things we didnt need so I could take care of and organize the thigs we did need. I found this list of questions to ask ourselves when we are deciding what to do with our clothes. Have I worn this item in the last year? In the last 2 years? Has this item lost its shape (stretched or shrunk)or has the color faded? Am I waiting for this trend to come back before I wear it again? Am I waiting to lose weight before I can fit into this item again? I am keeping this item because it was an expensive impulse purchase? I did this with my clothes and now they all fit in the closet and I know what I have. I dont end up washing things I didnt wear and it is much easier for me to see what I have. Have you gone through your closets lately?
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6 responses
• United States
26 Apr 08
I do this with my clothes -- mostly. Which is better than not getting rid of anything. What I need is a list of things to get rid of all my research papers. I got waaaaaay too much sitting around and more in storage.
• United States
26 Apr 08
I do this with my clothes to, but there are a lot of other things I need to get working on. My filing cabnet is filled up and we need to go through it but it looks like a lot of work so I just have not started it yet. Maybe later.
• United States
26 Apr 08
Yeah, the filing cabinet is scary. I tend to keep things that I read that I find "interesting." For god's sake, I have the family tree for Monaco's Royal Family because "I might need it someday." Really??? Under what circumstances?
• United States
29 Apr 08
That really does sound like me. I am trying to get better at it but one small step at a time.
@cher913 (25890)
• Canada
29 Apr 08
those are good suggestions and i do this about once per season. i have two piles that i put clothing into, give to a thrift store (which provides Bibles for missions with the money that they make from selling stuff) or sell it at a garage sale.
• United States
2 May 08
I have not done a garage sale in a long time but I think it is about time. It is good to know when your old clothes are going to a good source.
@cblackink (969)
• United States
26 Apr 08
As a matter of fact, I did it today and took quite a few clothes and shoes to the local urban ministry, to be given to those in need. I'm seriously trying to get rid of things that are too expensive to maintain, or just too much trouble to maintain. And clothes that are just too big for me anymore and have been for a number of years.
• United States
29 Apr 08
I really need to do a big go through of all our clothes. the kids grow so fast it is hard to keep up with it all.
• United States
26 Apr 08
Thanks I will keep these tips in mind as I go through the clutter in my closet for spring cleaning.
• United States
26 Apr 08
You are welcome and happy spring.
@GreenMoo (11842)
6 May 08
Oh dear, this is something that I am terrible at! I do find it terribly hard to throw *anything* away, and have a bit of a pack rat mentality. I calculate the cost of everything I could toss and wonder how I could reuse it somewhere. Of course, if I can't reuse it straight away there is a terribly temptation to stash it away somewhere until I can. The downside of this compulsion is that I have a house full of stuff :-( And my house is definately too small to contain all the stuff that it does, plus my family as well. Either the stuff, or my family, has to go! Take clothes for example, as it's the example that you used. My partner and I both have lots of work clothes as this is what we wear most of the time. Now just about anything that is old, tatty, stained or whatever can be deemed work clothes. But they just build up, and build up, and build up. And then there's the rag bag, which just seems to increase weekly until it's threatening to take us over. I do have plans to make rag rugs and even bought the tool, but I just haven't got around to starting yet. I've actually started working on our excess fabric problem by using some of the worse looking cotton rags as weed suppressant mulch, but still the work clothes threaten to engulf us. What I need is my Mum to come over! It sounds like a drastic solution but if I let her loose on my house she's have my junk reduced in a couple of hours. She's harsh,a nd it hurts, but it works! Midn you, it's always easier to get rid of someone else's junk!
@Thoroughrob (11750)
• United States
5 May 08
I went through mine about a month ago. I filled a garbage bag full of clothes. It sure made alot more room.