“We need more hangers” is really what it sounded like from across the hall. As I entered the bedroom to see what we needed more hangers for, I couldn’t help but notice the three-foot pile of clothes that had accumulated in the bottom of the closet. This didn’t even account for the one hundred or so items that remained semi-organized in the closet. We didn’t need more organization. We needed less stuff.
“The best way to organize your stuff is to get rid of most of it.” – The Minimalists
What one year old needs 300 items of clothing? I know that little ones make messes and get messy, but there was no way we were getting through the pile of clothes that had accumulated in the closet. Also, come to think of it, doesn’t she wear the same five outfits over and over again?
A lot of it fell on me. My minimalist self had neglected the area of the children’s closets. It has taken some time, but we now have control over the closet again. Clothes outgrown several months ago, we chose to sell, donate, and gift to people. We had less stuff so we were more organized.
Obviously we can’t just go around throwing everything away. We can, however, take a look at what is really necessary.
Our instinct seems to tell us to buy another system of organization.
Another cubby, another dresser, another drawer. The last thing we often need is another system to organize. We should, instead, look at what we can eliminate. If we truly take a look at our items, we will see they’re not worth holding. Oftentimes, because they physically cannot be used anymore (3 month old clothes with no 3 month old child).
Sure, maybe someday we will have another 3 month old girl. Or, maybe not. I don’t really feel like holding the clothes for an indefinite amount of time that may or may not come. Besides, somebody else could use them more. Or we could use a little extra cash. Or, I’m sure we can find another better use if neither of those work.