Conquering Closet Chaos

IMG_2583By Renée

It’s been a couple of months since our master closet purge and it has produced some unexpected results. The most amazing thing is the fact I no longer have to see items I don’t wear. Before, I would peruse my wardrobe looking for the right outfit for the day and my eyes would inevitably land on two blouses I purchased three years ago but had only worn once. I had two completely valid reasons for keeping them that long (or so I thought):

  1. I spent good money on them. 
  2. I was sure I would wear them again at some point. 

But of course that point never came. Every time I would see these items I would feel a slight uneasiness in the pit of my stomach. I suppose it was the feeling of regret over having spent money on something I wasn’t wearing. Now that I have gotten rid of everything I wasn’t wearing, I no longer feel that uneasiness. Everything in my closet fits and are things I actually wear and like. 

Now I can open the closet and find what I’m looking for. Another upside is that I can put laundry away without needing a crowbar. Our clothes fit and have room to breathe. I have learned a valuable lesson about keeping things I’m not wearing and hopefully that will inform my future shopping.

 

The Cuisinart Conundrum

IMG_2432By Renée

When we got married nearly 21 years ago we were given a top-of-the-line Cuisinart Food Processor. We had not registered for said item and since neither of us could really cook there was a reason why it didn’t make the list. But it was fancy and expensive and we couldn’t bring ourselves to just get rid of it. We moved it from our first apartment to our first house and then to a second house all the while it remained unopened in its original box. When the decluttering bug first bit me, that was one of the first things to go. Using the mantra of “do I use it or do I love it” it clearly didn’t make the cut and out it went. Fast-forward several years later when we actually did start cooking more and we needed a food processor but could only afford a very basic one. So of course, we launched into a whole debate over why we got rid of a perfectly good thing that now we would use and love. Crap! I’m not going to pin my decluttering downfall on this particular incident but it certainly didn’t help our cause. After making do for several years with what we could afford we finally bought a 2017 version of the 1997 Cuisinart Food Processor. We use it about three times a week, and by we I mean Dave.

This time around we have set aside $300 to replace any items that we regret getting rid of. Now I don’t mean just regret but that we find ourselves repeatedly MacGyvering some solution for the thing we got rid of. I am calling this our Decluttering Safety Net and so far it is creating fantastic freedom to let go of things without worry.