Where would all the stuff go? How would I manage without (fill in the blank). Could I really live without a dresser? Sounds ridiculous now. But as I consider downsizing to 280 square feet, I’m even more perplexed and wondering "good grief, how am I going to live without a living room??" The rewards of downsizing draw me forward anyway: pure joy, a new view of the world, a new view of me.
Clothes Stage I – Denial“This doesn’t look too bad, but I would like more space.” Right. Such an inviting closet. I had to move the vacuum cleaner over to get to my favorite dresses in the morning. And what was the laundry basket doing on the top shelf? Storing something I really didn't need. Truly I was in denial.
Clothes Stage 2 – Overwhelm and confusionThe next step in the clothes clean out means that everything goes out onto the floor, so that you can see it.
“Oh good grief, what have I done. And why do I have two black skirts with stripes that are almost identical? And twenty-four pair of underwear? Who knew??? My legs hurt from standing. I need a nap."
Clothes Stage 3 - Feeling Stronger and Clearer
Clothes Stage 4 – Just about Done. Whoop!
Flylady.net Marla at Flylady has a baby step method that gave me the first structure to getting rid of “the stuff.” Her welcoming, encouraging tone and the simple process steps like "one box for keeping, one box for giving away, one box for trash" along with the “just do what you can for 15 minutes at a time” ushered me through my first struggles.
Your Money or Your Life – Vicki Robin and Joe Dominguez. The most motivational and basic book for de-cluttering and money management. It's not about budgeting, but about being aware of the value of every second of your precious life.
Which makes you hyper-aware that you don't want to spend another minute buying, moving, storing, insuring or tidying up "things" that you don't love.
Have you been following the KonMari method? I'd love to hear more about how your journey with the closet "right angle" is going and any other tips you've discovered! Please share...