7 Ways to Pare Down Your Closet

7 ways to pare down your clothing once and for all!

I find paring down my clothing one of the hardest decluttering tasks to do.  I get this weird attachment to certain pieces. Like the ones I remember wearing on a golf date with my husband 10 years ago. Or the ones I think I’ll fit into again one day.  Or even the ones that I spent a pretty penny on but hate the way they fit.  It’s silly really, to hang on to clothing that doesn’t fit properly, you don’t like, or is outdated.  It’s easy to replace those things on a budget with items you actually love!

I was talking with my mom the other day about how I was going to be ruthless during my upcoming purge.  In a sense, I want to start over.  Keep the pieces that I love and that fit me well, but finally say goodbye to the things that make me feel frumpy and unbeautiful.  It just doesn’t do my postpartum body and ego any favours by hoping certain pieces will fit me well again.

So in a new effort to add only pieces that I LOVE here are 7 questions I ask myself when I purge clothing:

1.  Does it fit?

If the shirt pulls in entirely the wrong areas, it doesn’t fit.  If I can’t do up the zipper on my jeans easily, they don’t fit.

2.  Have I worn this in the last 12 months?

Chances are, if you haven’t worn a piece of clothing in a year or more, you’re not going to wear it again.  Or you might be like me, and feel sorry for that piece of clothing and wear it again out of sympathy, but it really isn’t flattering.  In order to determine if you’ve worn something in the last 12 months, you could try the backwards hanger trick.  When you’re hanging up your clothes, flip the hanger around so it hangs (with the clothing on it) backwards on the rack.  Every time you pull something out and wear it, hang it back up with the hangers facing the proper way.  That way at the end of 12 months, you can see if there’s anything you didn’t wear because the hangers are still hanging backwards!

3.  Will I ever wear this again?

Maybe you bought something for a special occasion you were attending, but don’t have much, or any, opportunities to wear it again.  It might be time to consider selling it in a consignment shop or even on Kijiji/Craigslist.

4.  Is it currently in style/does it represent my style?

I’m sure we’ve all got those sentimental pieces in our wardrobe that we wore in the “good ‘ol days”.  Well, new “good ‘ol days” are upon us and it’s time to get with the times by getting rid of those outdated pieces.  If it’s just too hard, put them in the dress up box for the kids to enjoy!

5.  Do I feel good when I wear it?

This is becoming one of the most important questions I ask myself.  If I just don’t feel confident when I put something on, it’s time to really consider putting it in the purge pile.  As I mentioned above, it’s doesn’t do my postpartum body and ego any favours if I’m just wearing something for the sake of getting dressed.  Even the hoodies I purchase have to make me feel “cute”!

6.  If it’s damaged, will I actually find time to fix it?

Enough said.  If you don’t have time to fix something, whether you want to fix it yourself or go out of your way to take it to a professional, it’s time to part ways.  That piece of clothing will just nag on you anyways as it taunts you from the depths of your closet!

7.  If I were shopping right now, would I buy it?

Often times, I’ve looked at a piece of clothing and wondered what I was thinking when I bought it.  (Most likely it was cheap!)  So, if you look at your current clothes and see things you wouldn’t buy today, maybe it’s time to say goodbye.

I sure hope these questions will help you to determine what you should keep and what you shouldn’t.  Starting now, I’m deciding to buy only what I love and makes me feel like a million bucks.  Sometimes, that might mean I have to spend more to get something that truly fits well.  I’m okay with that, because I’ll probably be buying less in the long run ($5 here and there adds up!) and I’ll feel like a million bucks!

Do you have any other ways to pare down your closet you can share with us in the comments?  What sort of outrageous clothing are you storing in your closet?

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7 questions to ask to help you purge clothing once and for all!

3 Weeks to a Spring Clean Home: Task 15

3 weeks to a spring clean home

Can you believe we’ve reached the final task in the 3 Weeks to a Spring Clean Home Challenge?  I sure can’t, but my house is showing some results after my hard work!

Task 15

  • Clean closets/closet floors.  Purge your clothing.  Remove everything from the closet floors and vacuum. Get rid of items that don’t belong.

As I go along, I’ll be purging items that I see we don’t need or use anymore.  I’ll either put them in a donation box or try selling them on a local Facebook Buy & Sell site.

Get your FREE printable checklist

I’ve put together a printable checklist for you to reference over the next three weeks.  If you’re interested in getting this free printable, sign up here for the Spring Cleaning email list!  Along with the printable, you’ll receive an email each day with that day’s task and my end of the day update.  There will also be useful articles for Spring Cleaning thrown in.  At the end of the challenge, I’ll also be putting together an ebook that you will be able to get access to if you’re signed up for the Spring Cleaning email list!

Will you be joining me today? If so, leave a comment below!  Have you enjoyed this series?  Would it be something we should do again on Simply Frugal?

3 Weeks to a Spring Clean Home: Task 14

3 weeks to a spring clean home

Are you ready to get your Spring Clean on?  I am!  For the next three weeks, I’m setting aside some time to complete one task a day to be on my way to a cleaner home.  I’d love for you to join me!

Task 14

As I go along, I’ll be purging items that I see we don’t need or use anymore.  I’ll either put them in a donation box or try selling them on a local Facebook Buy & Sell site.

Get your FREE printable checklist

I’ve put together a printable checklist for you to reference over the next three weeks.  If you’re interested in getting this free printable, sign up here for the Spring Cleaning email list!  Along with the printable, you’ll receive an email each day with that day’s task and my end of the day update.  There will also be useful articles for Spring Cleaning thrown in.  At the end of the challenge, I’ll also be putting together an ebook that you will be able to get access to if you’re signed up for the Spring Cleaning email list!

Will you be joining me today? If so, leave a comment below!

How to Clean your Gadgets

How to clean your gadgets

I was actually excited to write this post because my laptop?  It was filthy.  As in, it sounds much quieter now that I cleaned the fan area.  I’m also a much happier person now that my fingers aren’t flying over dust particles and my eyes see the actual screen rather that the finger marks from Sienna. :)

It’s actually not that difficult to get your electronics clean and germ-free. Once you’ve done it a few times, it becomes a task that takes only a minute or two to finish.

Here’s what you need to clean your gadgets:

Here’s how to clean your gadgets:

computer dust can

LAPTOPS:

To clean your laptop, you’ll want to take it outside with a can of compressed air.  Give the keyboard, the ports, the air vents and anywhere else dust is hiding, a few good blasts of air.

computer pipecleaner

computer usb

Next, you’ll want to take a pipe cleaner or a Q-tip and run it along each and every crack and through your ports to pick up any lingering dust.  I have better luck using a pipe cleaner with the way my keyboard is set up.

computer smears

Finally, take an electronic cleaning wipe and wipe down each surface.  The keyboard, the trackpad and even the screen can be cleaned with an electronic cleaning wipe.  (I’ve even used Windex on occasion.)

Now you should have a pretty clean laptop!  Desktop computers can be cleaned the same way.

TABLETS AND CELL PHONES

We don’t own a tablet, but if your cell phone is anything like ours, you probably have plenty of smears and fingerprints!  These devices are easy to clean.  Take your can of compressed air, blast the ports then use and electronic cleaning wipe to clean the screens.  If you have a case to go with your devices, make sure you clean those too!  (I put our phone case in a sink of soapy water and let it dry before I put it back on.)

There you go!  Not too hard right?  How often do you clean your gadgets?

3 Weeks to a Spring Clean Home: Task 13 Update

3 weeks to a spring clean home

I sort of fell off the bandwagon today.  :(  However I did get a couple of cupboards cleaned in the kitchen!  You get to see my somewhat gross photos to prove it!

The before of where I keep my spices:

spices before

The after of where I keep my spices:

spices after

I threw out a few very expired spices, refilled my containers and added some spices to my grocery list.  I also bought this spice rack because I’m really tired of shuffling around my spices to get to the one I need!  I hope it does the trick!

This is the before picture of where I keep my oils and vinegars.  Gross!  There’s no after, but all the bottles are wiped down and put back in an orderly manner.

oils before

I even had a helper who was doing a wonderful job:

sienna helping

She was doing wonderfully, until she decided the oregano would be better on the floor.  I guess she knew when mama was distracted :P

sienna helping 2

I didn’t even get to the “pantry”section of the kitchen or the pots & pans section.  Oh well, I did what I could!

How did you do with today’s task?  Let us know in the comments!

3 Weeks to a Spring Clean Home: Task 13

3 weeks to a spring clean home

Are you ready to get your Spring Clean on?  I am!  For the next three weeks, I’m setting aside some time to complete one task a day to be on my way to a cleaner home.  I’d love for you to join me!

Task 13

  • Clean/organize kitchen cupboards.  Empty each shelf and wipe clean.  Throw out any expired/stale food items.  Purge unnecessary items.  Clean the tops of the cupboards too.

As I go along, I’ll be purging items that I see we don’t need or use anymore.  I’ll either put them in a donation box or try selling them on a local Facebook Buy & Sell site.

Get your FREE printable checklist

I’ve put together a printable checklist for you to reference over the next three weeks.  If you’re interested in getting this free printable, sign up here for the Spring Cleaning email list!  Along with the printable, you’ll receive an email each day with that day’s task and my end of the day update.  There will also be useful articles for Spring Cleaning thrown in.  At the end of the challenge, I’ll also be putting together an ebook that you will be able to get access to if you’re signed up for the Spring Cleaning email list!

Will you be joining me today? If so, leave a comment below!

3 Weeks to a Spring Clean Home: Task 12 Update

3 weeks to a spring clean home

As I mentioned earlier, we only have three drawers in our kitchen.  While it’s not a good thing for storage space, the lack of drawers is excellent when it’s time to clean!

Here are the before and afters:

Sienna did a good job of messing up the utensil drawer when she was “helping” me cook the other day.

utensils before after

The cutlery drawer basically looks the same, only less crumbs.

cutlery before after

Finally, the drawer where I store the plastic wrap, tin foil and freezer/sandwich bags.  I use the clothes pins for closing up bags once we’ve opened the to help keep the food fresher.

bags before after

How did you do with today’s task? Let us know in the comments!  How many drawers did you have to clean out?

3 Weeks to a Spring Clean Home: Task 12

3 weeks to a spring clean home

Are you ready to get your Spring Clean on?  I am!  For the next three weeks, I’m setting aside some time to complete one task a day to be on my way to a cleaner home.  I’d love for you to join me!

Task 12

  • Clean kitchen drawers.  Empty each drawer, throw out the garbage and purge any unnecessary items.  Wipe out each drawer. Replace items in an orderly fashion.

Never have I appreciated our small home as much.  I only have three kitchen drawers to clean! :)

As I go along, I’ll be purging items that I see we don’t need or use anymore.  I’ll either put them in a donation box or try selling them on a local Facebook Buy & Sell site.

Get your FREE printable checklist

I’ve put together a printable checklist for you to reference over the next three weeks.  If you’re interested in getting this free printable, sign up here for the Spring Cleaning email list!  Along with the printable, you’ll receive an email each day with that day’s task and my end of the day update.  There will also be useful articles for Spring Cleaning thrown in.  At the end of the challenge, I’ll also be putting together an ebook that you will be able to get access to if you’re signed up for the Spring Cleaning email list!

Will you be joining me today? If so, leave a comment below!

3 Weeks to a Spring Clean Home: Task 11 Update

3 weeks to a spring clean home

Today I managed to clean the microwave, stovetop and oven quite easily! The oven didn’t need a super duty clean because I recently did it.  All I did on the stove top was take off the knobs to clean behind them.  I threw the knobs into a sink full of soapy water.

stove before after

For the microwave, I used my lemon technique that I outlined here.

microwave

When I clean my oven, here’s how I do it with only two ingredients!

How did you do with today’s task?  Are you ready for tomorrow?  Let us know in the comments!

3 Weeks to a Spring Clean Home: Task 11

3 weeks to a spring clean home

Are you ready to get your Spring Clean on?  I am!  For the next three weeks, I’m setting aside some time to complete one task a day to be on my way to a cleaner home.  I’d love for you to join me!

Task 10

Can you believe we’re starting the last week of Spring Cleaning tasks?  I hope your home is felling cleaner already!

As I go along, I’ll be purging items that I see we don’t need or use anymore.  I’ll either put them in a donation box or try selling them on a local Facebook Buy & Sell site.

Get your FREE printable checklist

I’ve put together a printable checklist for you to reference over the next three weeks.  If you’re interested in getting this free printable, sign up here for the Spring Cleaning email list!  Along with the printable, you’ll receive an email each day with that day’s task and my end of the day update.  There will also be useful articles for Spring Cleaning thrown in.  At the end of the challenge, I’ll also be putting together an ebook that you will be able to get access to if you’re signed up for the Spring Cleaning email list!

Will you be joining me today? If so, leave a comment below!