I have done it. I never thought it would happen (and neither did my hubby), but I have cleaned out my closet. Actually, closets. Yes, plural. And yes, I am serious.
Now, before you start freaking out on me about who the heck needs more than one closet for their clothes, let me explain. Until summer 2012 the hubs and I lived in a different state. Financially speaking, we were different people back then. We had bought a house in our former state that we could technically afford I suppose (I mean hey, we could make the monthly payments and that means you can afford it, right?) but it was more house than we really needed. But I completely loved that house, in part because it was a newer home (built in 1995), and in keeping with newer homes it had a walk-in closet.
I must be a classic female. For a long time, clothes and shoes have been my weakness. So for me, living in a home with a walk-in closet was akin to a really hyperactive kid going to Disneyland without taking their Ritalin or their babysitter. Having such a big closet essentially meant that I did little to limit my clothes shopping, since I had plenty of room for it. As for money, I always managed to justify my clothing purchases by telling myself that I needed nice clothes for work. And I do need to look presentable at work, but these days my definition of “presentable” has changed in that I no longer feel the need to wear “new” clothes in order to look nice.
Thankfully we have now changed our financial orientation big time. When we moved in 2012 across several states to our present home, we purposely downsized and purchased a smaller cheaper home than the one we had previously been living in. With this change came- you guessed it- no more walk-in closet. Our current home was built in the 1950s, and apparently people had reasonably-sized wardrobes then. However, Dee the Clothes Horse was moving into this 1950s home with a large wardrobe. There were two small closets in the main bedroom- presumably his and hers- but my large wardrobe took up both. So the hubs, being the agreeable guy that he is, agreed to use the closet in the spare bedroom for his clothing.
Until now. I’ve been meaning to do it for quite some time, since I have been coming more and more to the realization that I do not need much in terms of “stuff,” and that includes clothes. You can only wear so much at a time anyway, right? So this morning I took the plunge and did it. I went through my two closets and sorted through every piece carefully, deciding if each one was a keeper or if it should go to Goodwill or could possibly be sold on Ebay. The result? I am happy to announce that all of my clothes now reside in one closet! I have a large bag ready to go to Goodwill and a pile of 8 or 10 articles of clothing that I think I might be able to sell on Ebay. Finally the hubs will be able to move his clothes into our bedroom so that he does not have to trek down the hall to the spare bedroom every day to get dressed!
Truth be told, my stuff is a little bit squished into this closet. I probably should go through and pare down a little more. And I probably will, later. For today, I am feeling like this is another step on our frugal journey- choosing to live with less “stuff.” We hope that with every step we take, we are one step closer to our awesome goal of financial independence!
Has anyone else out there chosen to actively pare down their clothing or other “stuff?” Are there other ways you have found to live with less?