Giving Away Clothes That Don’t Bring Me Joy Anymore

When I was decluttering last year, I gave away quite a few items of clothing but I never finished going through all of them. Today I decided to get everything out and have another sort through. As I value my husband’s opinion, I asked him to help me decide about each item as I tried it on. I also asked my girls about one or two items (which they quite rightly laughed at).

I was surprised at how quickly I was making decisions today. Clothes were being tossed in the charity bag pile without hesitation. This pile of clothes was the result of my efforts today. I’ve already booked a slot to give three more bags to charity next Friday, and these will fill one bag nicely.

Clothes to be donated

The only item that my husband and I disagreed on was my blue denim jacket. He said that I would never wear it, but I decided that I might one day. I asked my teenage girls what they thought and the youngest said ‘keep it, but please don’t wear it with blue jeans’ 😃.

I have some more clothes in drawers and really useful boxes to sort through another day, so there’s a good chance that I’ll reduce things even more. We still haven’t got our new wardrobes. There’s been a delay due to my husband still having his ‘working from home’ desk where the wardrobes will eventually be. Reducing the clothes will allow us to further plan the new space properly.

I shifted things around today as well. We no longer have clothes folded up on the side in the bedroom. It made a lot more sense to move the games out of the fitted wardrobes in the study and put them somewhere else. Now I have clothes hanging up in both rooms making things much tidier and more efficient.

I had time to do all of this today because for once no one had to go anywhere and no one needed much of my attention, so I went for a brisk walk this morning to motivate myself, put the beef in the slow cooker and got to work on sorting through the clothes. The good thing about doing a slow roast on a Sunday is that it gives me lots of time to get other jobs done on my list.

Marie Kondo helped!

I’m definitely on a roll at the moment and it might have something to do with the fact that I’ve been listening to Marie Kondo’s book again called The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying. I’d forgotten about all of her good ideas, one being to pick up each item of clothing and ask yourself if it brings you joy. Where I might have once felt joy from certain items of clothing in my younger days, I don’t so much now. It felt really good seeing a full bag ready to give to charity, and now someone else can potentially enjoy them.

Hope you are all having a wonderful weekend.

Until next time…



About Sandra Madeira

I am a full-time working mum with a passion for writing and inspiring others. Subjects I tend to blog about are life skills, parenting, decluttering, worklife balance, etc. At the moment I am on a decluttering mission creating space in my house, garden and mind. I have challenged myself to do at least ten minutes a day and write about it. Have a good day! Sandra Freelance Writer
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