Articles on Getting Rid of Excess

Here is an accumulation of articles I have found that help me find the willingness to get rid of the extra stuff weighing me down in my life. I hope it helps you too. I will keep adding to them as I go so if you have any recommendations let me know.

Great Tips About Culling a Packed Closet (my favorite article)

An interesting discussion on weight fluctuations and clothing purchases and retention

Managing a Wardrobe of Many Sizes

Anxiety When Getting Rid of Things

A Closet Clean Out Success Story

Hoarding No More

Getting Rid of Excess Clothing

Letting Go of Clothes-A Minimalist Perspective

Disposophobia-Fear of Getting Rid of Stuff

Sentimental Impact of Getting Rid of Things

Getting Rid of Clutter-A Peak into Hoarders on TLC

Fear of Getting Rid of Fat Clothes

Getting Rid of Your Skinny Clothes

Getting Rid of Your Thin Clothes.-Recovery from an eating disorder.

Weight Watchers Perspective on the Closet-Very Simple

Organizing Your Closet By Size-An interesting perspective

Dealing with Clothing when Your Weight Fluctuates-A Male Perspective

Breaking Up With Your Clothes (loved this one)

The Questions To Ask When Purging Your Closet (awesome ones here!)

More Great Questions to Ask When Cleaning Our Your Closet (this one is fantastic!)

Wardrobe Detox

Shopping Your Closet (a bit old but some good stuff).

Jill Chivers and MyYearWithoutClothesShopping.Com (absolutely awesome!)

Recovering Shopaholic’s Blog-Ending Closet Chaos E Book

Closet Full of Happy (love the sentiment)

The 40 Hanger Closet (don’t think I could ever do it but an option!)

An Interesting List of the 10 Pieces of Clothing You Will Ever Need

Some Solid Closet Organizing Tips

Good Closet DeCluttering Tips. I love the Flowchart in #12

More Good Closet Cleanout Tips (with photos)


Moving on-Does Claiming a Thing Diminish It’s Beauty?

Well, I didn’t get the job. All that stress for nothing. I am amazed looking back how the stress of maybe getting the job drove me to shop like a maniac, or so it felt. I feel I have so many good ways of handling stress-I write them down, do some of them, counsel my friends about these choices, but when I came to applying my tools I completely  got dragged down by the stress and the fear of the unknown. Wow, fear is so incredibly powerful. I’m noticing a lot lately where fear plays a role in my life. My biggest fear right now is that a medical procedure I have undergone will not work. Waiting to see if it was successful is the hardest part. Humans like things that are finite and with many things about our physical health we have to wait and see. I am clearly very bad at “waiting and seeing” even though I do it in my work all the time. But, when it comes to my emotions and my personal life I really struggle.

I’ve decided to stop writing about the closet inventory. It brings me shame right now and that is not healthy. Instead I am going to focus on ridding myself of the excess. I have found some really helpful blog post so I am going to devote a few hours every weekend to the culling process with a trusted friend who will not judge me. The trick for me will not to fill the space back up with new beautiful things. I have so many beautiful things right now that you’d wonder why I even noticed another beautiful thing. It’s as if the beauty fades as soon as it is claimed.

More on that later. It’s time to keep writing and the healing will come.

Curse of the Portofino Shirt

Have you heard of the Express Portofino Shirt? I have a confession to make. I have 18 of them. Good Grief. 5 are patterned and 13 are solids. Some of them I purchased in the coldest winter days ever so they still have their tags on them. I clearly became obsessed and couldn’t rest until I had one in every possible color I would love. I see an item and instantly imagine how I would wear all of the colors with all of my jewelry and all the different permutations and I become completely incapable of making a decision and only buying a few. I worry they won’t make that color again, or gee I could wear that necklace with 4 different colors, so I should BUY it in 4 different colors, not just one or maybe two.

It is debilitating right now and it takes up a solid foot of my closet. It’s so hard to purge them as some of the colors are spring colors and some are more autumn or winter or going out or business casual. How in the world do you decide? The multiples thing gets me every time.