Cleaning Out My Closet

 Since having a break from school and seeing all the consumerism around me, I decided I needed to clean out my closet.   Of course I went shopping first.  Oh the irony.

Here is the before:

closet before

A little embarrassing.


We also have a dresser with 5 drawers.  4 of which are mine and 1 that belongs to the hubs.  As you can see above, the drawers were full.

closet pile

I pulled EVERYTHING out and tossed it on the bed.


I had baskets set-up to help with the purging.  The maybe basket was for clothes I wasn’t sure about.  If I hesitated for a second it had to go in that basket. If in a couple of months I still don’t miss these items, then they are gone too.

It took several hours and I only put back what I loved.  I have one container of summer clothes and shoes on the top shelf of the closet.

I threw away a garbage bag full of stuff and 1 giant bag of stuff was donated.

It makes me sick to think of all the money I’ve spent or wasted on things.  Fortunately and unfortunately, I almost exclusively buy things on clearance.  Which means it was cheap, but it also means I get sucked into buying things I don’t need.  I have also been buying all my jeans and pants at a consignment or thrift store.  I seem to have an expensive taste in jeans, so my only option is buying used.

Okay, here is the AFTER:


Sorry for all the phone pics.  I can’t stand far enough away with my camera to capture the closet.

drawer 1

My t-shirts and sweat pants.


My nicer cotton shirts and t-shirts.

It feels so awesome to get dressed in the morning knowing my closet is full of things I love.  I am sure I still have way too many clothes and shoes, but I am making progress.  I just have to remind myself when I am shopping to only buy things that I truly love.  I am also going to remind myself that every time I turn down a new something, it is more money towards a house one day.

“Having nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.”

-William Morris

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  1. It looks fantastic! My closet is feeling cramped right now with both my regular clothes + maternity clothes. I’m looking forward to packing up the maternity stuff and getting it back to normal in a few more months. 🙂

  2. WOW! This is on my list of things to do. I can’t believe how much you cut out. I am TOTALLY inspired to tackle this project now. Thanks!

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