Spring is officially in full swing and that means warmer weather, more time spent outdoors, and if you’re anything like me, Springtime always feels like the perfect opportunity for a fresh, new start. Almost as soon as the first Spring blooms appear, I’m so eager to purge and declutter all the things I have been gathering and hoarding through the winter months and the Holiday season. I absolutely love everything about the Holidays and cozying up for the cold winter, but there is just something about Spring that always feels so refreshing and rejuvenating.
For some, the thought of clearing things out and decluttering sounds very daunting and overwhelming or even intimidating. It can certainly feel that way for me too, which is why I like to take advantage of the change in seasons as a motivating factor to get me going. It wasn’t always easy for me, but I’ve learned a few little tricks along the way that have really made it easier for me to just let go. With time, I have found the process to be so rewarding and even a little liberating.
1. Start Small
One of the things that has probably helped me the most, is picking one small area in my house and starting there. Once I knock out that first little area and feel the sense of accomplishment that comes along with that, I’m so much more motivated to hop on to the next area. For me, our clothing drawers and closets are always a great place to start. As the seasons change, so do our wardrobes, especially here in Texas. With that being said, I think annual closet purges are so essential.
When purging my closet, I like to ask myself a few of simple questions: ·“Does it still fit?” ·“Have I worn this in the last year?” ·“Do I love it?”
If the answer to any of these questions is a flat out no, then the item goes into a donate pile. The first question is a tough one for me, and probably most Moms out there. As we become mothers, we go through many major changes; one of the most difficult being the physical changes our bodies endure. I think it’s safe to say a majority of us have found ourselves hanging on to that pair of skinny jeans or that one little black dress we used to fit into and rock so effortlessly, hoping one day we’ll be able to squeeze back into them. I know I am totally guilty of this, but I am here to tell you, girl let it go!
It may take time, but learning to love and embrace your new “Mom bod”, whatever that may be for you, is so important. This was a difficult concept for me to accept as a new Mom, but as time has gone by, I have learned that motherhood is a journey in every sense of the word. That includes rediscovering yourself and continuously working on evolving and becoming a better version of you; both mentally and physically. Your body is a temple. It created life and should be celebrated no matter what. It may take time, but you can and will find your new sense of style and a closet purge is a great place to start!
2. Give Back
Another thing that really helps me come to terms with letting things go is knowing my belongings are going to better serve someone in need. I like to pick a local charitable organization or a worthy cause to donate things to and keep them in mind as I’m purging.
Dress for success is a great organization with local chapters throughout Texas, including San Antonio and Houston, that I love donating clothing to. Their mission is to empower women by providing them with the tools they need to be successful in the workplace, including professional clothing/attire, job training and support.
Catholic Charities is another organization that assists those in need, and they are always accept clothing donations for families and children of all ages. The most requested items include: shirts, pants, dresses, shoes, and coats/jackets; things we all have sitting in our closets, often times unused. Churches and religious organizations are always a great place to start, and places like the Salvation Army and Goodwill are good options as well. I’ve included some links to these great organizations below.
3. Treat yourself
The last little trick that really helps me purge and get rid of things, especially in my closet, is rewarding myself afterwards! After all, you can’t have a closet purge without replenishing some of it too right? It’s probably not smart to overdo it because you may find yourself back at square one, but it helps get rid of those shoes that have been collecting dust in your closet when you know you’ll be able to buy yourself those new heels or running shoes you’ve been eyeing.
Your rewards can be small as well, like a kid-free bubble bath or even just a solo trip to Target, although that may take a little coordination with your significant other or family (not to mention convincing LOL). Either way, it’s totally worth it and well-earned if you ask me.
Whatever it takes for you to get motivated and get to purging, do it! I promise you will be glad you did. There is nothing like starting the Spring and Summer seasons feeling refreshed, rejuvenated and clutter free.
Dress for Success:
Catholic Charities donations:
San Antonio- https://ccaosa.org/give/
Rio Grande Valley- https://www.catholiccharitiesrgv.org/Donations.aspx