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Week 14: Closet Inventory

If you've been following the blog, you may remember we're getting ready for a rather large renovation project. In addition to picking out colors, tiles and appliances, it also means preparing to move out and ultimately, when the project's completed, settling into our new bedroom suite and closets. To help get a jump start on this process, I was going to need to channel my inner Marie Kondo. If I was going to need to pack and unpack, I might as well do so with a positive mindset and with the objective of sparking some personal joy.

Starting with my closet, I began to go section by section with the preconceived notion of purging outdated items, but it ended up being so much more! I was able to get rid of so much stuff - 8 bags to be specific - all of which is now in the hands of those less fortunate after being donated to the local church group. The real excitement for me though came in the form of items I kept that I totally forgot I had. Many of these items were buried so deep in my closet they had fallen out of my weekly rotation; in the case of some items, it had been months, even years, since I'd worn them.

Some of the pieces I found were odd items like a random jacket and a very specific pair of red pants, but I pulled them aside and brought them to one of my favorite local stores where the sales associate and I worked together to reinvent these forgotten items into amazing new outfits. As we went through them, I could feel my excitement increasing and the smile on my face growing. I felt like a kid in a candy store whereby every time we made a new match, it was as if I'd just won a prize.

What started out as an exercise to declutter, ended up being so much more. It became an exercise in identifying the items of personal value that bought me the most joy. By focusing on the positive in terms of all the exciting "new" items I was finding, I found I was more willingly to let go of things I didn't necessarily need. It was the perfect case of not seeing the forest because of all the trees. Only once I realized this was I truly able to appreciate all I had and how under utilized everything had become simply because it was in the wrong place. By removing the clutter and organizing, I was able to have a clear inventory of all that remained, which would allow me to optimize my daily choices and ensure everything was on the rotation instead of wearing the same handful of items day in and day out.

The moral of the story is if you find yourself wearing the same handful of clothes each day, simply because they're on top of the pile, take a moment to look deep inside. Push those items out the way and hunt for the lost gems. Trust me, you'll be so glad you did! And hey, if you're able to clean out some of the older more outdated items, you'll also be able to create space and declutter; it's a win-win.

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