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The saga continues – last week it was the initial clean out, this week it was a more “heavy duty” cleaning and organizing.  And it’s basically done!

I started tackling my walk-in closet last week, in Tackle It Tuesday – Closet Redux Part 1, and did some sorting and purging at that point.  I had intended to make Labor Day a relaxing, do-nothing day.  But yesterday I found myself back in the closet, sorting through items and throwing them on the bed, sorting through various hangers and stuffing many into a sack to take to Goodwill, bagging up outdated clothing to take to Goodwill, etc.  I eliminated at least 1/2 my wardrobe!  It was quite the “purge.”

Closet, but not mine.

No, this is not my closet.

And my closet looks great!  I was able to relocate all my hanging clothes off one wall, and onto the rod on a smaller wall – leaving me much more room for storing and organizing the items that tend to make their home in my closet.  My husband’s Marine Corps stuff, extra jackets and linens, etc.  The floor of my closet is clean!

It feels so much better now – very open and spacious.  I decided that I might as well get rid of a large part of my wardrobe, since there were many items I hadn’t worn in the last year or so.  And many that were just plain embarrassingly out of style.  My goal is lose some weight (when has one of my goals NOT been to lose some weight!) and when I accomplish that I will need to buy new clothes anyway.  So I might as well start making room for them now.

And as I stuffed various items of apparel into bags and set them by the front door, I realized I was not only making room in my closet – I am making room for the future.  I can’t really “start over again” when there is no room for new-ness in my future.  New clothes, a possible new career, new hopes and dreams.

Making room for the future – I find that rather philosophical.  And a good metaphor for what I have been needing to do.  🙂