Well, I’ve got news for you folks, you – yes, you – can change all of that today.
With one simple tip that I’m going to reveal to you, you can finally conquer the curse of clothing clutter.
Want to know what it is? Are you ready for the revelation?
Get rid of your clothes.
DUN DUN DUN!
I’m not kidding, y’all.
I’m a minimalist at heart. And the number one thing that I’ve learned to simplify the clutter is to simply simplify the clutter.
Most Americans have way more clothes than they need and way more clothes than they wear.
Get rid of your fat clothes. Get rid of your skinny clothes. Get rid of your highschool clothes. Get rid of those acid washed jeans and ugly sweaters. Get rid of your 5 year old’s baby clothes, get rid of those shoes you don’t even like and never wear – get rid of absolutely everything that you haven’t worn in 6 months.
Have a yardsale, donate, I don’t care. Just get it out of your house.
I know there are good reasons and good intentions behind keeping a lot of the stuff that we inevitably fill our closets and drawers with. We rationalize our hoarding and call it practical. It’s just good sense to keep 20 pairs of jeans even though we only wear 3 pair of them, right? Besides, when we wear out our favorites, we’ll start wearing the surplus. But, let’s be honest, when you wear out your favorite, you’re probably going to go out and buy a new favorite.
The simple truth is, the less clothes you have, the less clothes you have to wash.
We are a family of six and I only wash one load of clothes every day or two. (Granted, we don’t run a farm or anything that causes us to get our clothes unnecessarily dirty)
I also periodically weed through everyone’s clothes and donate or giveaway all the stuff that people have outgrown. And yes, I do even keep a small amount of seasonal clothes to pass down to the next boy in line, but because we don’t keep much clothing for each child to begin with, it doesn’t take up much space.
One thing that I recently had to go through was socks and underwear. I have three little boys with a great-grandmother who knows how to give good gifts; She routinely gifts them new packs of under garments. However, I wasn’t reducing the number of old undies when the new ones would come in. So we ended up dealing with probably 50 little pairs of underoos at any given time.
The curse of having too many clothes, is that you will continue to pull clean clothes out to wear until everything is dirty. And then you’ll turn around to find yourself dealing with a dirty laundry epidemic of epic proportions. But if you only allow yourself to own, say, 7 to 10 pairs of underwear, you’re forced to clean them regularly.
So what’dya say? Are you ready to make life, laundry, and the pursuit of happiness easier by cutting out the excess?
I dare you to live more simply this year, y’all.
*photo by leloft1911 via Dreamstime.