7 Day Decluttering Challenge: Day 7 – Clothes and Shoes

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Inside: We’ve reached the final day of our decluttering challenge, and I’ve got this one in the bag–literally! While I’m not a clotheshorse, I think I can easily wrangle 25 items. Let’s see.

decluttering challenge clothes and shoes
Hmm. . . I think someone needs to declutter.

We’re at the final day of our decluttering challenge, and might I say a collective, “Whew!” It’s been eye-opening, it’s been enlightening, it’s been fun, but I’m glad it’s done!

But back to the challenge. Today it’s simply a matter of looking through my clothes and the Hubmeister’s things. I already know of quite a few items I’m ready to part with, and, for me, it’s mostly a matter of bad purchases–buying the wrong piece of clothing because I needed to buy something for such and such event and I got it home, and, horror or horrors, it didn’t look right. (Yeah, I know, there is such a thing as a fitting room for trying on said clothes before leaving the store.) So I’ve got some really nice stuff. This is actually the first day of the challenge where most items will not be going into a trash bag! Yay!

That said, what types of items might fit (pun not intended, but, hey, it works here) into this category?

  • impulse purchases
  • clothes someone else bought you that aren’t “you”
  • clothes that no longer fit
  • ripped clothing that actually doesn’t look fashionable
  • outdated styles (you really don’t have to hold on to that peasant blouse until it comes back in style)
  • old “comfort clothes” that are looking threadbare
  • an overabundance of certain clothing items that might be useful to someone else
  • old unmentionables
  • socks without mates (unless you want to start a sock puppet theater)

So you’re probably wondering, how did I do? Did I run out of steam before the finish line?

I hit 25 items today–which included a nice coat, workout pants hardly worn (what does that say?), fleece not worn, Henley top that wasn’t “me,” two pairs of shoes never worn, blazer never worn, several more shirts hardly worn. These clothes will go for resale or charity. Eight items from the unmentionables drawer went into the trash. (I derived great pleasure from throwing away the pantyhose!)

On this our final day, my total for the week is 279 items either thrown away or for resale or charity. Yay! And the crowd goes wild!

So we’ve come to the end of our challenge, a little wiser, a little lighter. The great thing about this challenge is that you can do one again–simply rinse and repeat. I will collect these posts together for another round in the future.

Until then, keep vigilant lest clutter invade your home!

Did you join me for the decluttering challenge or did you lurk? No shame for the lurkers. Tell us about it in the comments.

Related posts: Join Us for the 7 Day Decluttering Challenge

7 Day Decluttering Challenge: Day 1 – Kitchen

7 Day Decluttering Challenge: Day 2 – The Spare Bedroom

7 Day Decluttering Challenge: Day 3 – Junk Drawers

7 Day Decluttering Challenge: Day 4 – Paper

7 Day Decluttering Challenge: Day 5 – The Living Room

7 Day Decluttering Challenge: Day 6 – The Closet