2018 House Purge : Update on my closet / office

Even though these photos are still a bit of a mess we are making progress and that is what it is all about right!? I am happy to say that I was able to get rid of 4 trash bags full of stuff and have 3 more I want to re-sell!!! Wowza – That is a whole lotta stuff and I haven’t even gone through my purses yet. (Remember, no judging)

This has definitely been a difficult process and I have become very overwhelmed at times as I really started to realize how much stuff I had when trying to clean and organize it. I do work full time, have a young baby and a husband which have my attention 99% of the time so needless to say that I have not gotten as much done in this room as I like so for now I am calling it a work in progress😁

I thought I would share a few tips I have learned so far that will hopefully make your de-cluttering journey more simple than mine.

– before doing anything think about your goals. In my closet / office I wanted everything to have a place and to have extra room for things (one of the worst feelings is trying to put things away, but there is no room anywhere!)

– once you have a goal in mind get 3 boxes or bins; one for trash, one for donate, one for sell.

– once you are in the thick of it know your limits. If it is just too much and you are overwhelmed start small – a desk drawer a day – then graduate to bigger tasks like your pantry

– if you are having a hard time getting rid of things get a friend to come help! We all have that one person on our lives that throws out any and everything (not in a bad way, some people are just really good with decluttering) and they are perfect! Luckily for me that person in my life is my husband. I was having a really hard time getting rid of shoes so I had him sit with me when I went through them and give his opinion. There were a few pairs that I was going to keep and he honestly asked “where and when would you wear those?” And I had no answer – to the sell or donate bins they go! And it actually felt great!

What are some things you do to stay on track when cleaning or organizing?

Hope your having a great Wednesday!

-Allison

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Before you Donate…

As I have said many times before, 2018 is the year of the purge in my household so I am trying to make some hard decisions and declutter my life. Along with decluttering often comes the emotion of “This was expensive so I should keep it” Even though I can totally relate to this I thought I would share 5 options for selling your unwanted clothes, accessories, and even some household items that makes letting go a little easier.

  1. Poshmark (online only – clothing, accessories, shoes, etc) – Posmark is, in my opinion, the most simple way to sell things. It is online or through an app on your phone and all you have to do is snap a few photos, post them with a short description and boom! there is an option to make offers rather than buying outright so you will get a little less money at times, but it can be made up in the amount of items you are able to sell. You can follow my closet here. 
  2. Depop (online only – clothing accessories, shoes, etc) – I have never sold anything on Depop, but I know people who have and only good reviews! It is definitely marketed towards more unique, vintage, quirky fashions, but such a fun place to shop and how people merchandise their products is so awesome.
  3. Etsy (online only – clothing, home goods, craft supplies, basically everything) – I have always been a fan of Etsy even before I started my own shop. I love that it is full of such unique pieces and supports people in making their own business a reality. You can find my shop here, (lacking a little attention, but listings are up to date 🙂 )
  4. Buffalo Exchange (in person only – clothing, accessories, etc.) Even though BE is not in every city if you are in a place that has one it is a great and fast option to get some quick cash and they will even donate the stuff they don’t take for you! They are also more interested in vintage, one of a kind of items or even DIY stuff.
  5. ThreadUp (online only – clothes, accessories, etc.) I have also never sold anything here, but I have a cousin that uses it regularly and some of the vloggers I follow also do. It is also a great option to buy or sell and it definitely more main stream, meaning known brands like Gap or Banana Republic, so it would be a great idea to take a look if you have a dress code of business casual at work

Do you guys have any other places to buy or sell clothes? I would love to hear about them! Hope you are having a great Wednesday 🙂

-Allison

Organization – What is that again?…

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Does anyone else get lost in Pinterest boards of home organization and storage? It truley can be a black hole, but also so satisfying to look at – that is until you get up from your computer and look at you own home to see the overwhelming amount of stuff!

I have made a goal for 2018 to be the year of the purge in our house. I will be honest with you and admit that I am a little bit of a hoarder. I find meaning in  a lot of items and I am working on moving past it. I really want to get this book, The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up because I have heard nothing but wonderful things! I have also heard that it really helps people get rid of stuff and this mama needs that.

One of my main issues is that I will take time to organize something and a month later it will need to be organized again! (Yikes, I know) I would love to hear any tips or tricks you have to get rid of things, getting organized, and staying organized

I hope you hare having a great day wherever you are!

-Allison