The art of letting go

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Letting go is never easy, whether its physically or emotionally.  To me, getting rid of clothes I no longer wear is both a physical and emotional challenge.  The physical challenge is actually putting in the effort to sort through the items and separate them in to the “absolutely don’t need”, “maybe” and “keep” pile, and the emotional part is actually letting them go – either donating or selling.

I have set aside the must have items for my capsule wardrobe challenge for the past 2 seasons so I have a pretty good idea of what items I wear and what I really don’t need, but I still have them hanging around because I just haven’t had time and was not ready to let the items I no longer need go.  So recently I decided it’s time to put my foot down and clean out all the stuff, for real.

I started using Poshmark as many of you may have already know, not only do I use it to shop for great deals, I also sell some of my clothes, shoes and accessories that are still in great shape on there (you can visit my closet here).  I find that actually listing the items up online and see them all really helps me realize how many items I don’t need, and instead of just having a pile sitting in my room running the risk of me regretting putting them in the donation pile, listing them feels more firm and concrete.  To me, once it’s listed there’s no going back.  Well, you can always delete the listing, but you know what I mean.

So far I’ve cleaned out 2 drawers of stuff for donation and sell, and this is after me already gone through a purge when I moved up from Atlanta last April.  This definitely helps put things into perspective, and I hope this will also help me not buy things I don’t need.

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The art of letting go

6 thoughts on “The art of letting go

  1. when i try to sort my closet out it always end up piling up most at the ‘maybe’ pile.. which ends up going back in my closet. 😦 this is so not healthy!

    1. I’m exactly the same, that’s why I find listing/selling them online helpful because it feels more definite, plus once you sold it there’s no going back!

  2. Hi Caroline! I am the same way, a good chunk of my closet is filled with clothes that I don’t wear anymore. I usually donate them to Goodwill as I’m really bad with selling online but it might be a good idea to check out Poshmark 🙂 Thanks for suggesting this dear! I hope you have an amazing day! 🙂 xo~ Lena
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    1. I’m really good at donating the ones I don’t really care for to goodwill, but when it comes to the items I like but just don’t wear I just find it so hard to donate them. Before when I was in the process of moving donating is just the fastest way to get rid of things, but now that I’m not in a rush I can actually have time to set up pictures online and am not in a hurry to sell so it’s kinda fun to manage a “second hand clothing store” online! It also makes me happy when someone bought an item and said they love it because you know your stuff is going to a home where it’s getting the love it deserves 🙂

  3. I’ve done a lot of closet cleaning in the last few months. I find that I don’t really have the time/patience to try to list my items individually (and most of them don’t have great resale value), so I’ve been sending a lot of my items to LikeTwice and Thredup. The payouts are really low (and their quality control standards can, at times, be sort of arbitrary), but it’s been a good solution for my H&M or Loft type clothes.

    Going through the process was helpful for me, I think I have become a much more careful shopper as a result of all the editing/seeing how much stuff I bought, but wasn’t wearing!

    1. I totally agree with you! I’ve definitely become more careful when I shop now, it is really crazy and disturbing to think how much money we’ve spent on clothes we don’t wear…. Thanks for pointing me to LikeTwice and Threadup, I will definitely check them out and possibly sending some of my items in.

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