This post is part of my 12 Mini Goals Challenge.
Small daily habits can make a big difference over the course of a few weeks, months, or even longer. In 2016, I am going to focus on a new habit or mini goal every month. In January, I focused on Daily Movement or Exercise. In February, I focused on cutting down on evening snacking. In March, my goal was 30 days of pilates. In April, my goal was to clear my kitchen counters every night.
My May Mini Goal: Clean Out Clothing Closets and Drawers. 3 items per day.
Everyone seems to be talking about The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing. I had it on my list of books to read (or at least skim through), but there seems to be so much information online about the book that I may skip over reading it.
Many who read it seem to do a complete overhaul of their clothing. It sounds like a huge project to take everything out of my closets and dresser drawers, go through it all, make the decisions on what to keep or get rid of, and put it all back. I don’t have the desire to set aside the time to do this, so in May I am going to approach decluttering and organizing my clothing a different way. It’s probably not the most efficient way, but I don’t see myself setting aside an afternoon to do it all.
While most of my habits in my 12 Mini-Goals Challenge focus on habits I would like to carry forward, May’s goal is just a temporary habit I want to set. For the month of May, I want to go through 3 clothing items each day. I will decide if I will keep it or get rid of it. I have NO idea if 3 is the number I should use, so I may revisit it throughout the month. Maybe…once I get started, I will go through more clothing items some days and I will actually complete the task in less time.
I realize this is not the recommended way to clean out my clothes. If you read any how-to posts online, the first step is always: Take EVERYTHING out of the closet. That step is followed by a complex step-by-step on how to do this. It often recommends setting aside 3-5 hours. Because I’m not willing to set aside a chunk of 3-5 hours (I’m not sure where that time would come from!), I will just try my method to see if it works.
I found this article helpful with 7 questions to ask when cleaning out your closet. Although the question “Have I worn this in the last 12 months?” is a hard one when you are in the childbearing years. It’s not always an accurate question to ask when going between pre-pregnancy, all three trimesters, post-baby, and whatever happens after the post-baby body. This article on editing your wardrobe also has good tips.
If you want an extensive step-by-step guide, read this: DECLUTTER YOUR HOME: ROOM-BY-ROOM TIPS AND STRATEGIES TO ORGANIZE YOUR LIFE. There are so many great tips here! The guide also shares some of the benefits of decluttering. I think that it’s key to remember why you are taking the time to declutter, especially if it gets overwhelming. I agree with the benefits they share!
What will I do with the clothes? I will probably either sell on ebay or thredUP, give to Goodwill, or toss.
Your May Mini Goal: Clean out clothing closets and drawers. Either set aside an amount to do daily or just do it all at once.
If you want to join me, print off the May Challenge Tracker. The May calendar leaves room for additional notes each day. I added more room on my March tracker and ended up tracking multiple goals on the calendar. It’s nice to have them written down all in one place. Feel free to just place an X on the day when you complete your task if you prefer.
Let me know if you decide to join!
I would love to have you join the 12 Mini Goals Challenge. Sign up for my mailing list if you want to be e-mailed the challenge each month. If we get to a month where the goal doesn’t fit into your life, you can always tweak it to be a mini goal that works for you.