The Great Closet Purge

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Tiny House preparations: the great closet purge

“Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.”
William Morris

Am I the only person who has too much stuff? My guess is no. Our society really pushes materialism and status through “stuff”.

Let me tell you, I am sick of it. I’m sick of the push to own more, newer, expensive things. I am sick of temptation to buy the latest fashions.

I am sick of it!

Tiny house preparations: the great closet purge

Sometimes the useless, space and time consuming, stuff gets overwhelming. And I’m at the point where I am ready to take back my life. (That’s a pretty dramatic way to say it, but it’s how I feel.)

It is for this reason that I am most excited about our tiny house build. It will be a perfect, fresh start requiring us to leave all of the stuff behind!

This weekend Lyle and I started working on our fresh start. We did a serious overhaul of our closet and dressers. I’m talking over half (1/2) of what we owned is gone!

To help with my closet clean-out I ordered bags from thredUP, which is a site that buys and sells like-new clothing. They send you a clean-out bag for free and then you ship (prepaid by thredUP) your full bag back to them. After reviewing your bag they give you credit or a cash pay out for the items they accept.

Tiny house preparations: the great closet purge

Y’all, I filled up 2 thredUP bags and then filled up 9 other bags to take to my local donation center! That is A LOT of clothes (and only about 2 of those bags were full of Lyle’s clothes).

I got rid of:

69% of my purses.
72% of my shoes.
63% of my clothes.

I now own 100 articles of clothing (not counting shoes, accessories, pj, socks, and underwear)! My goal is to limit my wardrobe to 40 year-round articles of clothing. I still have a ways to go, but I am very proud of my progress so far.

It feels AMAZING to purge my home of roughly 68% of my clothing!

Tiny house preparations: the great closet purge

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21 thoughts on “The Great Closet Purge

    1. The last 60 articles of clothing I need to get rid of are the hard ones. 😦 The rest of the purging will have to be slow, like a couple of things a week so that I don’t get discouraged.

  1. This is so awesome! Congratulations on purging so many of your items πŸ™‚ Any time a new shirt / article of clothing comes into my home, something has to be donated to make up for it. It helps keep the clutter down, even if my wardrobe is minimal!

    1. That’s a great way to do it. I’m coming into this journey as a previous clothing, shoes, and purse hoarder. πŸ™‚ Cause what if I might wear it again? (my previous thought process). The last 60 articles of clothing are the tough ones.

  2. Your journey is becoming more real; what a dramatic step you took here. I try to keep my closet and that of my children’s to a limited number of outfits too, but gosh, it’s super hard when friends and family continue to shower them with gifts and donations. I loved the quote you shared by the way, very thought-provoking.

    1. I haven’t gotten paid yet. It takes at least 12 days to process a bag. Once I do I will let you know. πŸ™‚ The ordering a bag and returning it process was very easy though so I imagine the payment process will be as well.

  3. I’d never heard of thred up but this is such a good idea! I’ve been getting rid of so much (mostly to Goodwill) but hey, if I could make a little money off of my clothes I don’t wear, that would be even better!

  4. This is awesome! My husband and I are not moving into a tiny house, but we did decide NOT to buy a whole house to have to ourselves, and instead, we rent to own a family house. As such, we don’t have a ton of space, and have decided that since we want to keep it that way, we need to get rid of a ton of our stuff. We hadn’t gotten around to clothes yet because we just didn’t know what we wanted to do with them. So thank you for sharing!!!!!!!!

  5. That’s wonderful! It usually ends up being less of a purge and more of a switch clothes you don’t wear for more clothes you don’t wear but my coworkers and I have a clothing swap every season!

  6. This is amazing, I’m quite jealous. My sister is moving out of state so we teamed up to purge this week. It is so stunning to have a cleaned out closet. No more pieces I put on, only to take right back off. If I didn’t love it, it was donated. And I didn’t get rid of even half of what I owned.

    I’d love to know how much of your submission threadUP accepted. A percentage maybe? And what do they do with the clothes they don’t accept?

    1. I got around $40 for my two bags, which surprised me. I didn’t expect that much because they said they had very high standards. They donate the clothes they don’t keep or you can pay them $12.99 to send them back to you. I decided to just let them donate them, cause if they didn’t I would. πŸ™‚

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