New Year, New Me, and a Cleaner Room…

How many blog posts do you think have been written and posted specifically this week about decluttering your space? I honestly want to know. Fair warning this is one of those posts, but it also includes a very important message.

Every year I like to go through my closet and figure out what I don’t wear. Since there have been so many changes happening over the past couple of months in my own life, I have a lot of time and energy to focus on organizing my space at home.

Background information: My room has been a mess for quite a while. Every time I have tried to clean it, I would just make it worse. Maybe it was due to my lack of motivation, but it was a huge disaster for months. Usually the state of my room reflects what’s going on in my life and, well, I’m sure you can put two and two together.

Needless to say, I decided to take another step in getting my act together by purging my closet.

It took me a few days to really prioritize what I didn’t need and [what I did]. I’m usually pretty good at getting rid of stuff and organizing, it’s just the motivation part that’s difficult.

Recently, I was so motivated, not only did I clean out my own room/closet, I took it upon myself to clean my sister’s too. AND I helped my friend Alex declutter her closet and figure out what she should be looking for when making new purchases.

My sister tells me that I am heartless when it comes to getting rid of stuff. I admit I can be harsh, but you have to keep in mind there’s no point in storing items in your wardrobe that aren’t getting any use. Yes, we all have sentimental items, but not every piece of clothing you own has that value.

I have my own set of guidelines as to what I want to see in my wardrobe. When trying to decide what items should stay and which should go, I have a selection of questions I like to ask myself:
1. How often do I wear this?
2. Is this a versatile piece?
3. Will it stay on trend?
4. When was the last time it was worn?
5. Do I need it?

If you are having trouble deciding what to remove from your closet, I would say ask a friend for some help. That’s what I did for my friend Alex last weekend. She told me she needed someone to tell her the truth as to why she shouldn’t keep an item she was holding onto.
Let’s be clear, I am honest about many things, but when it comes to fashion I’m brutal. There are so many things we hold onto and never use…

Think of all the space and empty hangers you’ll have. And it’s fine, I get it. I take a lot of pride in the clothes I own. I purchased every piece with intention, but some just don’t get loved as much as the others. So why not give them to someone who can actually put them to good use?

The purging of Alex’s closet, my sister’s and my own was a success…in case you were curious.

The great thing about purging your closet is that you don’t need to throw your clothes away. THAT’S WASTEFUL. There are many options as to what you can do with the clothes, such as selling them, swapping them with friends, or donating them to a great cause, which brings me to the important message I want to share with all of you.

For those of you who don’t know, and I actually didn’t know this myself, March 26th is Epilepsy Awareness Day. This Spring I will be scheduling a pickup with the Epilepsy Foundation of New England to support this wonderful cause.

There are approximately 65 million people in the world live with epilepsy. The Epilepsy Foundation of New England takes donations to fund programs that support those who live with epilepsy.

They take donations including clothes, shoes, accessories, books, household items, etc. You can check what isn’t accepted here.

To donate, put your items in bags or boxes and go online to schedule a pickup at your home. The truck comes right to your door and picks up the donation on the date you choose from the online form. If you’d rather get rid of your items immediately, there are over 100 drop-off locations.
I think it’s super important to Take some time to think about what you really don’t need and give to those who will actually use them.
Until next time.
xx Aline

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