After living in a mess of an apartment with clothes I never wear thrown all over my bedroom floor, I decided it was time to do something about it. When there is literal clutter in my apartment there is clutter in my brain. I feel frazzled, disorganized and on-edge almost daily. Are you nodding in agreement on your side of the screen? I thought so.
From now on, I want to be more mindful about the things I buy, and donate and sell the clothes and items I no longer wear or use. Because the thought of living with less is liberating.
If you’re taking steps to change your ways, I’d love to hear what works for you! In the meantime, here are a few things to try out this month…
Challenge Yourself to a No Shopping Month
I’m currently challenging myself to a no shopping month. Sounds scary, right? I promise you though, it’s not so bad! For one month, I won’t buy any clothing, jewelry or shoes (especially shoes). Because I don’t know about you, but a trip to Target for bananas almost always ends with a pair of sandals, a new top, a bathing suit and a few new lipsticks.
Do I really 100% love everything I end up buying? Not always. Sometimes I’ll buy something because it’s cute, but then it sits in my closet for months. And those lipsticks…I might as well open my own beauty shop because my collection has gotten just a smidge bit out of control.
Sell and/or Donate Clothes You Don’t Wear
I filled three bins (THREE, GIANT BINS) with clothes that show signs of wear, or haven’t been worn at all. Have you heard of Poshmark? It’s an app that allows you to easily upload items you’re trying to sell, and shop other people’s closets at the same time (dowload the app and enter code “PVDWF” for $10 to use on your first purchase!).
When someone bids on one of your items and you accept, Poshmark emails you a pre-paid shipping label, so all you have to do is box up your item, slap on the label and drop your package off at your local post office. It seriously couldn’t be easier. I’ve made a little over $200 since I downloaded the app, and I love the feeling of giving the things I no longer wear a new home (the extra cash is pretty nice, too). *Full Disclaimer: This post is NOT sponsored by Poshmark. I just really, really love the app and had to tell you guys about it.
Fill One Trash Bag Each Day for a Week and Donate
My mom told me about this tip, and it’s genius. Fill one trash bag or box each day with clothing and other items you no longer wear or use. At the end of the week, drop your bags off at your local thrift store or charitable organization. You’d be amazed by how many things you accumulate, even if you live by yourself (moving made me realize this). I did one round of this a few weeks back and felt so much better (not to mention lighter!) afterwards. Slowly making progress, guys.