The Urge To Purge…things to do while in self-isolation

We are home from our winter spot and are on Day 6 our our self-isolation. What better time to begin to purge? As I put clothes away I decided there was no time like the present tackle jobs I have been putting off.

I went on various websites and blogs for information on how to transform our closets. We now have a carry-on sized suitcase full of clothes that can go to charity once we are out of isolation.

Here are some tips if you have the time and feel the urge to get rid of some of your closet clutter.

  1. Pick up a piece of clothing and ask yourself:
  • Have I worn it in the past year?
  • Does it fit properly?
  • Is it out-of-date?
  • Do your clothes fit your present lifestyle?
  1. Have a pile for charity, a pile for consignment, a pile for the garbage and a pile to keep.
  2. Most sites said that 2-3 purses were quite enough and the same with shoes. Shocking isn’t it – until you think about what you have actually used in the past year.

There is more to purging clothes than the simple act. Clothes are very personal and some bring us guilt, when they no longer fit, remind us of happy or sad history and even reflect our personalities. Be gentle with yourself.

I liked the idea that once you are done that you arrange your remaining clothes in colours. It gives you a sense of whether or not you have a coordinated wardrobe. When we were selling our home this was also a tip the ‘home stager’ gave us.

Sorting through closets isn’t just for women – children and men can usually find things they no longer use. Check out your dresser drawers as they might be overflowing with items too.

Now when I look in my closet and see room between the hangars I actually smile. It feels good and even gives me some peace of mind.

Tomorrow I will begin on the kitchen drawers……

How are you doing? Any tips you’d like to share?

Published by Joan Craven

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