With recent changes in my life, and a possible move in the near future I look at my bedroom astonished. My closet door barely closes. My drawers are packed to the brim and there are boxes and boxes of shoes. Before this summer I was okay with this, as I told myself I really didn't spend that much money acquiring these items, so I shouldn't feel bad. At the beginning of this summer however, I decided I really need to go through everything that I own and simplify.
Although I have not finished yet ( yes... I know it is August) the results thus far have been nothing short of amazing and a true reflection of my materialistic self. Here is a list of just a few things that I have(had) and what I did with them.
- 17 pairs of long jeans. Not only is this a problem in itself, the thought that should worry me the most is the fact that I haven't worn pants/jeans on a daily basis in almost two years. This means I have been buying/hoarding jeans for absolutely no good reason. I went through all of them and kept two.
- Over 60 bottles of hair and beauty products with over half of them not opened. I kept the few I knew I would use, and the rest, gave away. Sebastian and I are trying to be more natural so most of these products I won't even use, but that doesn't mean someone else won't.
- Around 20 or so dresses, some which fit some not so much. This was a tough decision because I love dresses, but do I really need 20? No. The ones that fit and looked good stayed about 7, the rest... out.
- Shoes. About 2 cartons full. I think shoes are important to have but I was still hoarding those that I wore to my 8th grade dance. Comfortable, classy shoes stayed. Gym shoes stayed. The rest, bye bye bye!
- Random college items. I had a whole closet full of "college dorm items" that I didn't think would be beneficial to me but hopefully other students. Among the plethora of items were a laundry bag that I never used, shadow boxes, frames, plates etc.
The items that I decided to get rid of had two different piles. A sell pile and a donate pile. Items that I deemed in good condition I am trying to tell through a online garage sale and the rest is being shipped off to a local thrift store.
There is still a lot more to go through and simplifying on the outside of physical things is just as important as simplifying the mind and our wants. This is a life long work in progress!