Saturday, October 17, 2015

Day 3 - The Master Bedroom Part 2 #cgsc2015

The Master Bedroom Part 2, or Skeletons in Our Closet

Yup, I'm afraid so me pretties. It really is that time, best to get this out of the way sooner than later.

For many of us clothing can be one of the hardest to cull, particularly if we have some good quality stuff that we paid hard earned money on. But honey, if it don't fit (whether too small or too big) chances are by the time it does the style will be so out of fashion you'll look like you're dressed for a retro party.

You'll need a garbage bag and three boxes, one labeled "Donate", one "For Sale" and one for "Spring/Summer". (Or Fall/Winter for our southern friends). Start with the easy items, those oh so comfy sneakers that have only half a sole left, time to toss them. That really cute white peasant top which has an equally cute heart-shaped gravy stain over the left breast, yeah, gonzo. If there is no way the stain is coming out, if it's been in the repair basket with the crotch out for more than 6 months or it's so ratty body parts are showing that maybe shouldn't be (can we say, wardrobe malfunction?) then it's garbage. And the pile of unmatched socks that keeps growing, go through it one more time and then just let it go, the rest are in the Twilight Zone. These items are not for donation by the way, don't even keep them for rags (but but, I'll cut it up and sew into....something, yeah honey, no, just no). File them under G. Speaking of socks, how many pairs do you really need? How about the local homeless shelter that never seem to have enough for clients? How many pairs do you think they could use? I think you get the idea there. Jackets, sweaters, hats, gloves, shoes. If you didn't spend a fortune on them and you have more than you can wear in a normal season, donate them; someone else needs them more than you.

Now to go through the "it might fit, one day" piles and the back of the drawers in your dresser, determine what can be sent for donation and what you can maybe make a few dollars selling, this could go towards something new and bodacious (yup, I said bodacious). Be brutal, if it don't fit, it's out of here. One thing I do recommend here though is one drawer, one cupboard, one wardrobe or one closet at a time. Pull it all out from the one location and ask yourself a few questions:
  • Does it fit?
  • Have I worn it in the last 12 months?
  • Will I ever wear it again? really, will I?
  • Is it in style or fit in with my style?
  • How many t-shirts/socks/jeans do I really need?
  • If it is damaged in some way will I take the time in the next few days to repair it?
  • Would I buy this right now if I was shopping today?
  • Do I feel like a million bucks when I wear this?
If you answer no to any of these it's time to bid them farewell. Sell, donate, swap or toss it.

Anything you decide to make a few dollars on, take the picture NOW. Set it out nicely on a white sheet, hang it on a hanger or whatever makes it look best and pull out your camera or smart phone. As soon as you are able, preferably today, upload, price, label, and post. Cross post and double post. The box for donations, again that goes straight out to your vehicle (or call a local charity for pick up) to be taken care of right away.

The last box is the seasonal box and the best kind for this would probably be an under bed tote. Your summer duds are now a little light for winter and by November even layering with them doesn't really work. You will have some favourites that fit perfectly, look awesome and are uber comfy, by all means store them for next year, just be choosy, if you don't love it you likely won't wear it next year. Pack the best of them up, tuck it under the bed or somewhere else out of the way and we'll take some time to go through the box again in the spring. 

Now you may have set away some clothes from last winter, those cozy sweaters and long pants for the cooler weather, do a culling before you return them to general population. The homeless are cold too, share what you can, throw out what is damaged and one other thing darling, you don't need six pairs of winter boots - One casual, one dressy (I recommend ditching the winter boots with heels, some sadist decided that would be a good idea! But then again, I do live where walking down the block in January is considered an extreme sport). And that's it, you did it! Let's see those gorgeous closets friends!

I want you to stand back and admire the amazing bedroom you have after just a couple of rounds of cleaning and releasing. Maybe do a quick smudge as well for a cleansing of energies. This is now where you can come at the end of the day to relax, unwind, and count your daily blessings. You did good! Each day remember to thank whomever you pray to for the abundance you have, always keep the attitude of gratitude with you through this entire process. Until tomorrow me pretties, brightest blessings xx.

Love & light,
~Síonaínn **  ƸӜƷ  **

Ps. This challenge is of course mostly about releasing but I just bet, somewhere in those drawers and closets, you found a treasure or two. An old favourite, that still fits and you look freakin' hot in! Sexy jeans that show off your booty, an LBD, the cardy that makes you look oh so dapper. Put it on, take a selfie and give us a fashion show me pretties! Let's see how sexy we all are, and I know you are baby xx.

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