After month’s of good intentions without any real actions to go with them, I finally began, slogged through and have now completed the cleaning of my closet!
Unfortunately, there was still all of this stuff left over in the “staging area”, i.e. the bedroom. I got rid of all of my pre-weight loss clothes as well as many things I wore when I worked that I just don’t need any more.
So even after the closet was clean, the hardest part, in my opinion, remained to be done — the sorting and listing of the “free agents” so that they could then be taken to the Seminary clothing bank where they could be drafted by another “team”!
When I do this, I make a list of the items I’m donating, with garage sale prices listed by each grouping (e.g., “Sweaters (10) $2 = $20). Then I can just write the total on the receipt the clothing bank gives us, attach the receipt to the list and put it all in my tax file (in case charitable donations are still allowed as a tax deduction next year!).
Hubby took the whole kit and kaboodle to the clothing bank for me yesterday. The trunk of my car was packed so full of clothes on hangers we could barely close the lid and there were ten shopping bags in the back seat, half of them filled with shoe boxes. When the lights are turned off, shoes must multiply on their own. I certainly don’t remember buying all those shoes. In fact, that may not just apply to shoes — maybe clothes too. That would explain why closets get so full. I can sense a balancing act here — socks get lost in the dryer, but clothes and shoes multiply in the dark closet!
Nothing feels better than completing a project that has been hanging over your head for months. And it’s a “gift that keeps on giving” — every time I walk into the closet and don’t have to look through alot of things that I don’t really wear to find something I do wear. What a good feeling.
By the way, I think I’ll start leaving the light on in the closet all the time, to discourage the “residents” from that whole multiplying-in-the-dark thing. I certainly don’t want to have to clean in there again any time soon!