To that end I have decided to start with our closet. It seemed so simple in theory: clear everything out, then sort the clothes into Give Away, Throw Away, and Keep. Easy.
Once I had the clothes in one pile and started to sort however, it got a lot more complicated. Besides the three piles, there was also:
The "In Case Of ______" Clothes
The oh-so-comfy maternity clothes, the thermal underwear for that hike we never went on but we might again someday, the five pairs of gym pants that I "need" because I go to the gym so often.
The pants that I can button up but can't eat in or give me a huge muffin top - or both. Hooray post-pregnancy belly flab!
The pants I can't get past my butt.
Clothes I Swear I Will Wear Someday
Clothes that still have tags on them and clothes that were gifts but I've never worn. The guilt makes it hard to let go.
The wedding dress, that too-small high school grad sweatshirt with my name on the sleeve, the Golden Party Armour, the Golden Words jersey...
After the closet I'll be tackling shoes and purses where I'm sure I will run into the I Really Need Five Pairs of Black Heels conundrum. Stay tuned!
(image from here.)