I live in an abundant universe, which is why I have to constantly share what no longer serves me to make room for what does serve me. Making room for our ever evolving desires is how new things come more easily to us.
When our closet (and lives) are filled to the brim with too many things, we cannot make room for what we presently want. We are too busy holding onto what we used to want. When there’s too much stuff, we are constantly in a state of being overwhelmed, and less in a state of appreciation and gratitude for the items we have and the new things on their way. We can’t even see all that’s in our closet (and in our lives) because there’s too much to see – sensory overload.
Donating allows me the chance to share clothes and shoes with others, maximizing the life of an article of clothing. Selling clothes can be a test in futility, especially if they are not designer, because many shops, such as Crossroads Trading Company have a very specific look they are looking for. Also, donating feels a lot better than gaining a few dollars.
I am donating the shoes pictured below to a women’s shelter. It’s a win-win – I am giving/sharing my shoes to someone who will wear them and I am making room for my new sandals.
As I remove and store my winter clothes, I pull out the clothes I did not wear at all during that season and set aside for donations. I also try on clothes for fit and check for tears/stains to see if these items should remain in my closet. I do this for each season, which helps me track what I own so I do not make repeat purchases.
For the items I’m donating, I snap a picture for record keeping, just in case the IRS comes knocking and as a reminder that I do give.
It is fun assessing what trends I already have and find when it comes time to shopping, I rarely have to buy whole new wardrobes because of this practice of seasonal closet cleaning. This leaves more budget and closet space for accessories and other quality staples (like shoes) to add to an already sustainable and stylish wardrobe.
One tip I am going to start doing is taking photos of the upcoming season’s clothes that I will be wearing, which will prevent me only wearing a small section of my summer (or whatever upcoming season). I’ll refer back to my outfit pics so I can remember that I have lots of choices. I bet there’s an app for that :-). Happy spring cleaning!
~Your Curator of all things Abundant, Kimberly Jo Cooley