Once I got started, I couldn't stop. I realized that my bedroom closet is pretty big. It should not have been jam packed with clothes. For that matter, I shouldn't have THREE other closets also jam packed.
What was even in the closet? I packed stuff into this closet when I moved in and never took it out until now.
The empty space was great. I fantasized about maybe trying to just keep 20 items and wear those all year. Hmm, that wasn't going to happen.
I keep all my shoes in Jackie's bedroom. I haven't bought a pair of shoes in probably six months to a year. Where did all these shoes come from? Where did all the clothes come from?
As I looked through the "stuff", I realized that I really didn't buy 90% of the clothes! Most were given to me by other people. Yep, my mother likes to give me her clothes. I more that I thought of it, I had clothes from other people, too. Hmm, like 80% of my entire house was stuff from other people. Did I ever buy a toaster or clothes iron? Vases, candle holders, picture frames? Was I a sucker? I was taking everyone's junk.
I called in my mom and brother. I went through the HOARD in the living room. I was done. I did get a couple of, "Oh, you can't get rid of that!" type of comments. However, I still bagged a lot of the random clothes that I have never worn, were stained, and didn't fit anymore. We just bagged everything up and my brother took it directly to Goodwill. I knew if that stuff hit my garage, it would be there forever. I had to have it out of the house ASAP. I also couldn't leave all that stuff in the living room, so I transferred it to Jackie's room.
I was fight waves of exhaustion as I worked through the pile. Where did all this stuff come from? Why did I have clothes in ten sizes? I didn't even buy this stuff why did I have to deal with it now? Clothes were pressed in the closets so tightly, they were all wrinkled.
I got up this morning and didn't stop until every piece of clothing was organized. I put skirts and pants (32 pairs) in one closet, shirts and sweaters in another, and my better clothes in my bedroom closet. I left my scarves and shawls in my art room closet. I do need to refold and organize those.
Now the challenge will be keeping my closets this way! I still want to go through and get rid of more shoes and purses. I also told my family not to give me anything. I really don't want or need anything. No more plates, towels, cups, vases, or any random things. I don't need it or want it. I'm done and it feel good!