Misc de-clutter your wardrobe with Minimalist Mom

Faroe

Un-spun
I have been going through everything in the house to get stuff organized and clean.

Found this lady's channel last night. I like her; she keeps it real. Wouldn't call her exactly a minimalist (even taking into account her four kids), but she gives useful advice. I am most certainly NOT a minimalist, so I can't pass too harsh a judgment. She isn't telling you to toss everything. Cherie up-beat attitude, and she pokes gentle fun at Marie Kondo, which is good by me. 15 min run time for this specific video on the clothes.

View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TrYFP63cNeA
 

KMR58

Veteran Member
I watched it. Think I'm going to give it a shot. What she said made a lot of sense. Thanks for sharing.
 

nomifyle

Has No Life - Lives on TB
No way am I getting rid of clothes. My weight varies and I need choices. I do need to organize them better, I will do that, but get rid of clothes, not happening here.

God is good all the time

Judy
 

Faroe

Un-spun
No way am I getting rid of clothes. My weight varies and I need choices. I do need to organize them better, I will do that, but get rid of clothes, not happening here.

God is good all the time

Judy
She is a big advocate of "quarantine" (pre-covid term): put potentially wanted stuff in a tote, and store it, but get OUT of your immediate living space. A final decision can be made at a later date. I don't get rid of much clothing either (and I have HEAPS of clothing). It all goes into labeled totes, and stored away. I can "shop" the stash when I'm tired of wearing what I have.

Nevertheless, I needed to make some big changes. I'm trying to move, but sheer amounts of stuff had gotten out of hand, it had become disorganized, and there was simply way too much of it in the actual house.
 

Krayola

Veteran Member
I have been going through everything in the house to get stuff organized and clean.
I really need to de-clutter a lot of stuff. It's hard, though, because I am constantly thinking, "what if the trucks stop running, what if I need to re-purpose this for something else because the stores are empty / we're unemployed...etc?"

Supply issues stemming from the pandemic really have not helped that mindset either.
 

summerthyme

Administrator
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I really need to de-clutter a lot of stuff. It's hard, though, because I am constantly thinking, "what if the trucks stop running, what if I need to re-purpose this for something else because the stores are empty / we're unemployed...etc?"

Supply issues stemming from the pandemic really have not helped that mindset either.
Back before Y2k, we used to call that "practical schizophrenia"... and I think it got to most of us at one point or another. And if you re on a farm or homestead, it's a lot worse!

But there's a fine line between prepping and hoarding! For me, if I'm able to store anything not in current use safely and in a way that it won't lose usefulness, and I can put my hands on it within a few minutes notice, I don't believe that's hoarding.

I think some people get into trouble when they either start prepping to be the Barter King in the new society they expect to develop, or when they read a ton of post apocopalyptic novels... while it *might* be possible to poison a potential enemy with some improperly canned food, I suspect you're more likely to poison your family... either when you're exhausted and forgot about those "special" jars, or when some hungry teen sneaks into the pantry for a snack!

Keeping clothing you like but which is a size too big or small isn't a problem... storing clothing in every size "just in case" a stranger might need it sometime is probably overkill.

Summerthyme
 

Jeff B.

Don’t let the Piss Ants get you down…
I’ve almost stopped buying clothes. I have a large work wardrobe centered on khakis and button downs with a few Sport Coats and a couple of suits. For regular wear, I have Carhartt B17 jeans, t shirts, fleeces, sweaters and long sleeve t shirts.

I’ve started going through my clothes stacks one pile at a time, sorting and refolding as I go. Each time I pull some stuff and donate it to the CCA.

My closet and armoire are better than they were, but I still need to do more.

And why buy clothes if I’m ditching stuff?

Jeff B.
 

Faroe

Un-spun
I really need to de-clutter a lot of stuff. It's hard, though, because I am constantly thinking, "what if the trucks stop running, what if I need to re-purpose this for something else because the stores are empty / we're unemployed...etc?"

Supply issues stemming from the pandemic really have not helped that mindset either.
I struggle with this too. No good answers, but for me, lots of stuff just HAS to go. I can't deal with it anymore, and I have been hanging on to *good* clothes, linens, tools, and equipment with no clear idea of who would use it, or how it would get used. I have multiple bins of empty glass jars, many are nice big pickle jars. Really, how many empty glass jars does a person need to keep? It is HARD for me to throw things like that out.
 

Galoutofdixie

Contributing Member
Thanks, I liked her video. I really liked the idea about quarantining clothes. LOL! I do have stuff that I've held on to for a long time. Nice quality, really cute and in good shape, but too small now. Have been too small for a few yrs. Time to make a few donation bags. :)
 

Marseydoats

Senior Member
When I first started doing "FlyLady" I took everything she said to heart, and went thru my closet ruthlessly. I donated a ton of stuff I shouldn't have gotten rid of. I had clothes that I only wore once or twice a year, my hay hauling clothes for example. I had two long sleeved shirts that were completely worn out but very comfortable and cool, and that's what they were for. I got rid of them. Then when it was time to haul hay, it was like, "Oh, jeez, I have nothing to wear."
And I figured out that her advice is basically for city people. I think she said that nobody needed 6 sweatshirts. I have like, 30 of the things. When it's below zero and you have to work outside all day, you need multiple, multiple layers. And when the infernal dogs knock you down in the ice and mud, not once, but twice in the same day, that's like a weeks worth of laundry. I sure don't want to have to wear wet clothes all day.
 

summerthyme

Administrator
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When I first started doing "FlyLady" I took everything she said to heart, and went thru my closet ruthlessly. I donated a ton of stuff I shouldn't have gotten rid of. I had clothes that I only wore once or twice a year, my hay hauling clothes for example. I had two long sleeved shirts that were completely worn out but very comfortable and cool, and that's what they were for. I got rid of them. Then when it was time to haul hay, it was like, "Oh, jeez, I have nothing to wear."
And I figured out that her advice is basically for city people. I think she said that nobody needed 6 sweatshirts. I have like, 30 of the things. When it's below zero and you have to work outside all day, you need multiple, multiple layers. And when the infernal dogs knock you down in the ice and mud, not once, but twice in the same day, that's like a weeks worth of laundry. I sure don't want to have to wear wet clothes all day.
Yes! Farming or homesteading is a whole different game! For example... wool sweaters that are completely too ratty to wear get saved to use on calves who are having trouble regulating body temperature. And we also can go through several changes of clothing, especially during mud or snow season.

Summerthyme
 

Faroe

Un-spun
Tackled the Connex box today. Am about halfway deep into it. Re-sorted a bunch of stuff that has better homes elsewhere. Got rid of a big empty aquarium that I liked and has held multiple viv set-ups with plants and serpents, but was just too damn big and heavy to keep pushing around. The neighbors took it, so I don't have to worry about it shattering on the way to the dump, Kept all the empty 10 gallons (at least for now) they are much easier to manage.

Tomorrow, there will be heaps of thrift store clothing and blankets to sort through. Acquired very cheap via. all-you-could-stuff-in-a-paper-grocery-bag sales. Fun times, but I have way too much. Would just re-donate most of it, but the local thrifts are closed. Might try the freebies at curb-side method again.

So much better!
 
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