Closet Hanger Experiment: Final Update

So, four months have passed and my closet hanger experiment is finally complete. All the clothes I haven't worn are still facing the opposite direction and I now have a better idea of what I actually  do and don't wear. Some of the items not worn were sweaters and flannels - something I completely expected not to wear because, well, we're in the middle of summer. There were, however, shirts I didn't wear that I COULD have worn. Shirts that I kept finding an excuse to keep, and  I see now that they truly are being left untouched and just taking up space.

Back in June, I did an update (you can read that here), and at that point, everything was split about halfway. For the most part, it's still that way. I think that's so crazy because that means I only wear roughly about 50% of what I have. That other 50% is just taking up space and many times distracting me from the stuff I like, resulting in me taking longer to pick out an outfit (something that really shouldn't take that long). I'm definitely not aiming to create a slim capsule wardrobe anytime soon, but it does feel so nice to have it cleaned out. For everything I didn't wear, aside from fall and winter attire, I plan to go through it again and try to donate most of it. I definitely recommend this trick to anyone because it can REALLY open your eyes.

*I think it's important to note that I have been cleaning out my closet for the past year and a half, so with that said, this would be even more beneficial for someone who hasn't even begun to clean out their wardrobe yet.* 

**Also import to note, not all of my clothes are shown in this photo like in the photos for the previous blog post. I have some sweaters and other bulkier tops folded away in my dresser and other casual, lounging shirts folded away as well. Just letting you know so I don't create a wrong perception** 

Minimalism | Sentimental Items

I think one of the biggest obstacles people face when decluttering is going through and discarding sentimental items. Those sentimental items could be gifts from friends or loved ones, handed-down family heirlooms, or letters and event tickets. Many people don't want to get rid of these things out of a feeling of guilt, and I totally understand that - I'm a huge sentimental person. I have a small 5x7 box containing just a few letters,  small objects that spark certain memories, and ballet tickets that I don't plan on letting go of anytime soon. I have quite a few antiques or other things that have been handed down from family that I also don't plan on getting rid of ever. But here's the one thing about it: I actually want to keep those things because they bring me joy.

I won't lie though, I have donated gifts that no longer bring productive use or joy. People give gifts with the intention of bringing the recipient happiness, and if the gift no longer brings you happiness, it no longer serves the original intent. Does this make sense? Here's how I look at this whole sentimental minimalism obstacle: if you have "sentimental" items that don't bring you joy and are more of a burden than anything else, don't keep them. Don't feel guilty like you have to keep something because someone gave it to you. Photographs and letters can always be scanned into digital form. And not only that, but you really don't need those things to hold onto your memories.

I guess what I'm getting at is, don't hold onto memorable handed-down items that feel like a heavy burden by holding onto them, but in doing so, you feel as though you're preserving the past and holding onto memories. Don't keep gifts that just collect dust and feel like extra baggage out of guilt. If you truly like having those things around and they aren't overfilling your space, it's not against any rules to hold onto them. Just truly evaluate why you're holding onto them.
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