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Whew! Well, today was Clothing Cull Day. I went through my wardrobe.

This can be a surprisingly tough job. On the bright side, since I'm looking significantly better than I have in years, it wasn't as ego-crushing as the opposite--"I will never fit into this again..."--can be.

I had some simple ground rules--no sentimentality and no grandfathering. I don't care who bought me that shirt, it's six sizes too large now. I don't care how much that cost when I bought it, I don't get the money back if it sits in the wardrobe. I don't care that that looked fantastic on me six months ago/two years ago/in college.  If it is not currently capable of causing a riot among the opposite sex,* it is not worth keeping around. Yes, there is a chance that I'll gain some weight back. There's also a chance that I'll lose even more. Let us not weigh ourselves down with possibilities.

In the event of indecision, if I haven't worn it in six months, it can go find a new home.

I allowed myself three ancient t-shirts for lounging, yard work, violent illness, and the chance that I get into a mad paint-flinging jag for awhile. This is the only indulgence.

Three and a half garbage bags later, the closet is much emptier. Tomorrow, I head off to Goodwill.

The appeal of minimalism is starting to grip me in a big way. I will never get down to pure Zen simplicity--I'm an artist, I require a certain amount of stuff to do the job, and anyway, I have all this art that I'm not willing to part with--but editing down my possessions as I have been lately is an oddly freeing experience.



*I lead a rich fantasy life, in case you haven't noticed...


Um... on a certain level we are</b> your rich fantasy life...er... sorta.

I think it's more that she is ours...

*wink*

Ugh. I'm having a photon moment, winking back and forth between two quantum states. Particle or wave? Particle or wave? *thrashes!* Arghghgh!

I *really really* need to do this myself. Get rid of clothes I never wear, get rid of the old stuff that's useless to me.

And gods, could my den use a crap purge of old dead hardware...old unusable software...

Fantasy can be Reality; and Reality can be Fantasy.......and off-topic, if you ever need any full-color, never-before-seen photographs of Just-discovered, NEW Galaxies, I have HUNDREDS! I am now working as a Galaxy Classifier for galaxyzoo.com.

Sorry I made the reply about the galaxies. Here are some of the pictures I'm talking about:

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I'll probably be doing that sometime in the next year.
NOT looking forward to it!

The appeal of minimalism is starting to grip me in a big way. I will never get down to pure Zen simplicity--I'm an artist, I require a certain amount of stuff to do the job, and anyway, I have all this art that I'm not willing to part with--but editing down my possessions as I have been lately is an oddly freeing experience.

I totally relate with you there. After about 5 moves and a divorce, I came to the realization that 'stuff' is just a big pain in the ass, and I proceeded to cull my wardrobe, get rid of most of my non-vital possessions, and move across the country.

However, as an artist, I was just incapable of paring down to the level of minimalism that I would have liked: Getting everything to fit in an RV. Unfortunately, all the art supplies I've stockpiled tend to be heavy and need lots of space, and I too, will not get rid of (most) art I've accumlated.

In the end though, I managed to pare down to where most things fit in my RV, and for the rest, I rented a small 5' x 5' storage unit.

If I ever had to go back to living in an apartment, I wouldn't have a scrap of furniture at all.

If you ever live near a university, a day or two of dumpster diving around the dorms will see to it that you have most of the furnishings you need for free. Decent quality stuff, too.

Just a FYI from your friendly neighborhood tax preparer, definitely keep those receipts from good will 'cause for 2007, they are making you produce paperwork on stuff for Goodwill and the Salvation Army and so forth. This was done because too many people were just saying that they gave $500 (the max you can adjust) worth of stuff without having to produce receipts to back the claims up.

Good to know! Thank you!

We demand photos of you stuffed into a riot-class outfit!

Well, I'm asking, at least. What can I say? I like ogling artsy chicks.

I know exactly what you mean. I've recently culled my possessions down to one carload. One Tercel carload, at that. I have some stuff like books and a dresser, that reside in a storage shed, but I'm basically down to one carload of stuff. (I've also learned how to pack my car -very well.-)

Living in one room and a closet (And not all of it, either), I already keep my piles down quite a bit. If I had to cull, it would be comics, some books, some clothes and a handful of other things. Maybe donate the fanzines to a university I know that collects them. Leave behind most of the furniture I use, probably leave the TV and the VCR (the computer has a DVD player), and make sure the bunny is comfy when we travel.

Never a good idea to get attached to too many things. It just clutters our view of what matters.

Ah, I wish I could do that. Really, I do. Well, I could do that with my stuff, and try to do so regularly, but the hubby is a total packrat. It takes an act of god to remove things from our house if he has any say in the matter. Ergo, our house is way too stuffed with crap, which you'll get to see first hand in the not-too-distant future. It makes me crazy. If I ever get divorced, this will be the cause of it.

I allowed myself three ancient t-shirts for lounging, yard work, violent illness, and the chance that I get into a mad paint-flinging jag for awhile. This is the only indulgence.

Are you also allowing matching ancient pants? Because scrubbing unidentifiable gunk out of your tub/refrigerator/patio floor is a much more pleasant experience if you don't have to think about what the chemicals will do to your the knees of your one good pair of jeans.

We just moved into a new apartment, and I *tried* to thin out my overflowing closet of clothes...but I wasn't quite as successful as you were. I did end up giving away two garbage bags worth of clothes (and one small plastic tub of shoes), but I kept five garbage bags full of clothes (plus one large plastic tub and one garbage bag full of shoes). Zen simplicity is just not something I'm ever going to manage, I'm afraid.

--Jennifer

One of my life goals is to start a riot so, uh, you wear those clothes, and I'll help in anyway I can.

count me in... I've always fancied some disorderly conduct.

I actually love purging my room about twice a year. I used to be a HUGE pack rat, and I'm not sure what changed, but now I love getting rid of stuff. It's like therapy for me. :p I love it.