Happy New Year! I hope 2016 is an awesome year for you.
It’s the start of a new year, so you know what that means â€“ Closet Clean-out 2016 begins! On January 1st, I went through my closet and flipped all my hangers. When I wear a garment, it will be hung up the normal way when I put it away. At the end of the year, I’ll be able to tell at a glance what I haven’t worn. The general rule is â€“ if you haven’t worn something in a year, you’ll probably never wear it again â€“ so get rid of it.
My wardrobe has shrunk significantly since I started minimizing my life in 2013. Since then, I’ve whittled my wardrobe down and built it up with garments that I love. The goal is to feel beautiful and comfortable in any setting.
I also have a shelf in my linen closet for items that need to be given away to charity. When I moved into my condo, I did a â€œpacking partyâ€ that resulted in eliminating over 9 boxes of stuff from my life. Since then, I filled my charity shelf with more things to be given away. This week, the AZ Humane Society is coming over to pick up 2 boxes and 2 garbage bags filled with stuff for their thrift store. One box is almost all books â€“ books I’ve read in the last year and books I’ve kept and will never read. One of the bags is filled with clothing â€“ jeans, socks, t-shirts, and dresses that didn’t survive last year’s clean-out.
My other minimalism challenge for the year is eliminating and controlling paper clutter. I have a perpetual influx of paper into my life â€“ bills, business publications, handwritten notes, etc. My goal for January is to eliminate my existing paper clutter and to keep incoming paper from piling up for the rest of the year. A few years ago, I challenged myself to process every new piece of paper within 24 hours. Perhaps I should try that again.