Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Out with the Old

Purging my closet and home of things that were once coveted and now neglected is akin to a nice, hot shower after ten days without one. I should know. Every time I go through my Goodwill collection process at home, I swear I'll buy less! And save money! And release myself of material things! And save the planet! And be like No Impact Man!

And then I laugh, because I know me. I know that I assign sentimental value to everything that comes into my possession which makes shedding myself of things so difficult. Compared to my husband, I have a lot of stuff. With where life has taken him and how many times he has moved, he has become quite skilled minimizing his personal belongings.

It's a process, but I'm becoming better at being mindful of what I buy and why... I think.

It may not look like much, but life got lighter on Sunday when I donated this stuff to Goodwill.

16 tops
9 pairs of shorts/pants
6 dresses
2 pairs of jeans
3 bags
6 pairs of shoes
16 pieces of jewelry
1 jacket
3 belts
A box filled with hair accessories
Seasonal home decor
Miscellaneous odds and ends

On one hand, this was a lesson in materialism. On the other, I supported my community by helping to create jobs at Goodwill. I'll let you take a wild guess at which explanation helps me sleep at night.

To confirm, we did not donate Boone to Goodwill.

Are you a regular Goodwill donor? Or thrifter?
"Thrift Shop," anyone?  ;)


Megan Strange said...

Thank you for confirming. I don't know what Goodwill does with cats, but I can only imagine it's not cuddling.

Unknown said...

A. I highly enjoy your Thriftshop reference at the end.
B. I am in DESPERATE need of some life purging to goodwill! I have always loved donating with them!

Penniless Socialite said...

My family might keep the local Goodwill in business. My entire family cleans out unwanted stuff from their homes at least twice a year and drops things off at Goodwill. I've also started bringing some stuff to Plato's Closet. They don't pay you a ton, but I feel like it's found money. I've been trying to buy less and thrift more, but sometimes I get overwhelmed by the thrift stores...haha.
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Jenn said...

There is no greater feeling than to purge your house during springtime. I am in the process as well. I can understand your husband's minimalistic ways as we have moved a lot too!

Heidi said...

I definitely try to go through my clothes regularly and donate what I haven't been wearing. Thanks for the reminder on this! I think it's time again-- my fiance was putting shirts in my t-shirt/tank top drawer the other day and exclaimed, "There are too many clothes! I can't even close this drawer!" Probably a good sign that I need to reevaluate! :)

JaneA said...

Well done on donating to goodwill. It always feels so good to have cleaned the closets, and done something for people in need at the same time. Great blog!

applesandglue said...

Way to go! I just recently did something similar, it's hard to decide what to get rid of but I try to make myself get rid of things if I haven't worn them in over a year. I usually just take them to the clothing dumpsters that I see every once in a while...

Anonymous said...

i am IMPRESSED! i really need to do this - I'm running out of closet hangers, that should be a sign.

Betsy Transatlantically said...

good for you - that IS impressive! I go on Goodwill binges too and it does feel good... until you realize you need to do it again :)

christine donee said...

... and in with the new? ;)

Whitney said...

Seriously, every time I hear "Thrift Shop" I think of you.

I have a few bags I need to take to Goodwill actually! Thanks for the reminder :)

Angie said...

I love STUFF and have way too much of it. I seriously need to purge and then learn to buy intentionally but it's such a hard lesson for me.

Kate @ said...

It feels SO good to get rid of stuff, doesn't it? I have a couple bags of things waiting to be donated, but I also have a bag or two of things waiting to be sold, if I can ever find the time to try to wrastle with eBay again...

CaninesCouture said...

I love the feeling after I've purged my closet. I always have aspirations for selling the stuff that's still in great shape but most of the time it never happens. ;)


Jules of Canines & Couture

Michelle said...

I have a huge pile of bags full of clothes and stuff that needs to be donated. And I need to make another pass through my closet! It's so bad. I don't have much compared to most girls, but it feels like too much to me. I'm all about simplifying lately. And I love donating to Goodwill!

Janelle @ Two Cups Of Happy said...

Yes! I love donating my stuff. Me and my man purge a few things every month and I try to stick to the "one thing in - one thing out" rule for my closet. I try.... Haha.