I started last week, ran out of time, and then took a break.
When I returned to the task, I was a lot faster.
In the meantime, I'd been to a business-social function. In the past, this would have meant lots of outfits on, outfits off, and general angst. This time, I was able to see everything in my closet knowing that it all fit me. I picked out my clothes and got dressed in less than five minutes. This was great motivation.
- Garbage. (I put these things directly into my son's diaper bin, for obvious reasons.)
- Give away or sell. (Initially these were separate categories, but I kept getting caught up trying to decide whether to give away or sell.)
- Keep and mend. ("Do you want it enough to actually mend it?") (Nothing went into this category!)
- Keep and store -- Halloween. (Two things: a black silk skirt that would make a great Batman cape; a black velvet tunic.)
- Keep and store -- business clothes.
- Keep and store -- off-season clothes.
- Keep and store -- too small. (Wear-dated for one year.)
- Keep and store -- too big. (In the end I kept just one thing in this category. A pair of gorgeous black wool pants with a black satin stripe down the outer seams. I should ditch these because I don't ever want them to fit again, but they are really great, flattering pants...when I was two sizes bigger than I am now. Hmm.)
- Keep and wear now.
I did 5 loads of laundry at the same time. Distracting but surprisingly effective. Every time I ran to the basement to switch loads, I witnessed the incredible amount of crap down there.
I still have a bin that holds off-season and business clothes (unworn since I quit my job but definitely keepers), along with the wear-dated bag.
Although I threw out lots of other clothes, I kept a bin of "rags". That is, clothes I'd be happy to rip up or paint in. Why, oh why? Possibly because my hubby recently bought a 10 lb. bag of rags! I'd rather toss those purchased rags and use my own. And I'd like to have something I can wear to paint a room...
Clearly, I have more culling to do there. And apparently writing about this process has some use for me. In the meantime...
... I now have all of these clothes that I've decided to sell or give away!
I'll be even happier when it's gone. It's all in good condition, since the worn stuff either went out in the garbage or into that "rags" bin. The easy thing would be to put it all in donation bags and be done with it. But I like the idea of a little cash in my pocket. While I'm tempted to Craig's List it, I'll probably compromise and consign it. I won't get as much for it, but I'll be able to get rid of it quickly.
So, next steps:
- Divide it into three sets -- dressier consignment; casual consignment (for a different consignment store); charity.
- Move it on out.
- Do something about that "rags" bin...