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Minimalist Challenge | Closet Cleaning with Poshmark & The Real Real

During my ongoing Minimalism Challenge I’ve been going through all of my rooms, every closet, and each drawer and cupboard in my apartment, and decluttering my spaces.

I’ve even cleaned out my every day handbag and my standing desk at work!

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While I donated loads of clothing, jewelry, accessories, bedding, towels, and kitchen things to Goodwill {especially after the fires in wine country}, I held onto some of the higher end items to sell. Today I wanted to talk to you about the main two ways that I have sold clothing, jewelry, and accessories during my decluttering projectPoshmark and The Real Real.

Poshmark is a peer-to-peer buying and selling app. Once you create an account, you simply upload a picture of the item you’d like to sell, add details and a price, and list it. Easy peasy.

The types of items range from designer handbags to swimsuits to makeup and skin care. You can find brand new items {NWT = New With Tags} for a fraction of the cost. You can even make offers and bundle items together for discounts.

Selling is just as east as buying – Once an item sells you’re emailed a shipping label, so all you have to do is pack up the item and put it in the mail.

The Real Real is a San Francisco based online consignment shop. I LOVE the website and have bought from them for years – Check out my blog post Why I Shop Vintage and Consignment for more on my love affair.

While with Poshmark you’re setting your own price and talking to buyers yourself, The Real Real takes care of everything. They send you a consignment kit and you mail in the items you’d like to sell. They review them, take what they’re interested in, and send you back the rest. Then they set the prices, photograph the items, list them on the website, and you’re sent your sales on a monthly basis.

If you’d like a hands off approach to selling you unused items, The Real Real is the way to go. One thing to note though is that they only take certain brands, so you need to review their accepted designers list.

What’s YOUR favorite way to get rid of unwanted clutter in your closets?

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Decluttering | Letting go of your Fantasy Self

With my Minimalism Challenge in full swing, I thought I’d dedicate a post to some of the bigger things that I’ve faced. While simplifying my skin care and beauty products was cathartic, some of the other decluttering projects that I’ve tackled have been… More challenging.

Emotional even.

I wasn’t quite prepared to feel those heartstrings tugging when it came to cleaning out my closet. But tug they did. The first pair of designer shoes I ever bought. The handbag that I got at Barneys after getting my very first bonus. The vintage clutch that my grandmother left me when she died. Did I use any of them? Nope. But I found that I couldn’t bring myself to get rid of them even though rationally I knew that I didn’t need them.

What I discovered was that there were two categories of items that I had trouble getting rid of during my cleansing project.

The first were items, like the ones I mentioned above, that I had an emotional attachment to. I’m not a very sentimental person, and I don’t tend to hold onto things for the sole purpose of indulging in nostalgia. Ultimately I decided that since I’m not hanging on to yearbooks or prom dresses, I could justify keeping a few things that I had a genuine emotional attachment to even after all the years.

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The second category was something I hadn’t expected. I had a pair of heels that make my legs look miles long and I just knew would look fabulous with any little black dress. The problem? I don’t wear high heels anymore. {Check out –  The Painful Truth about High heels.} I had a divine poison green strappy bodycon cocktail dress from Diane Von Furstenberg. The problem? I don’t wear bodycon styles AND it was at least a size too small. Maybe two. I also had a pair of low riding, boot cut jeans that I bought when I was 21 and living in Italy. The problem? I rarely wear jeans and when I do they are decidedly not boot cut.

So what did all of these items have in common? They were all part of the fantasy life I’d created in my mind for a fantasy version of myself. I was shopping, and holding onto clothing, for a life I don’t lead. And truthfully, probably never will.

Fantasy me likes to show off her curves and isn’t in excruciating pain when she wears heels and loves to rock low slung jeans on weekends. Who knew?

This really changed my perspective on what to keep and what to hold on to.

Do YOU have a fantasy self? If you had to get rid of one thing that you’ve bought for your fantasy self, what would it be?

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Minimalism Challenge

If you look up the definitions for minimalism or minimalist it can be a bit intimidating. From complex musical or artistic movements to strict guidelines on how many items you can have in you life.

I tend to be more forgiving with my personal definition. Minimalism, to me, means that you’re making a conscious effort to live with less clutter in your life. That means physical, emotional, and all other types of clutter. For me it’s about simplifying.

I’ve been toying with this practice for years now. My 2016 New Years Resolution was to simplify my life – Letting go of little things. And when it comes to material possessions I’ve worked hard to reduce shopping, donate unnecessary items, and focus on consignment and vintage when I acquire new pieces.

My desire to incorporate a minimalist attitude in my life is two-fold. First, the ecological and carbon impact of buying fewer things. While I can’t change the world, I can reduce the environmental impact that I personally leave on the planet. Second, I hate clutter. I hate having things thrown on counters. I hate not being able to navigate a cupboard or closet because there’s too much stuff crammed inside. I hate being unable to find things because there’s just too much stuff.

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So I decided to give myself a challenge – Set a few goals and be mindful about my day-to-day life in an attempt to declutter. Here’s the challenge:

First – It’s time to purge:

Cleaning out what I have is step one. Going through the whole apartment and being brutally honest with myself about what I’m keeping and why. From the dress that I bought that too small and I held onto it in the hopes that I would one day fit into it to the blender that I haven’t taken out of the back of the cupboard since we moved last November.

  • Purge wardrobe
  • Purge jewelry, shoes & handbag collections – This is HARD FOR ME
  • Purge skin care & beauty products
  • Purge kitchen cupboards
  • Purge closets

Second – Donate & Sell:

Since I do a decent job of purging on at least an annual basis, most of the items coming out of this very serious purge will be nicer, higher end things. That means they won’t be thrown down the garbage shoot, they’ll be sold or donated. So while I’m cleaning I’ll be making piles for each room and determine the best way to get rid of things. Clothes and accessories may be sold on Poshmark while appliances and furniture may be donated to Goodwill etc.

Third – Stay focused:

We have ALL been there. You get all excited about a project, you run around, laser focused getting things done, and then… You completely forget about it.

Since I want this to be an improved way of life and not a fad or short-lived experiment, I need to stay focused on why I’m making these choices and find ways to reinforce them every day.

For me that will mean spending time tidying up every day, even just a few minutes, de-cluttering regularly, and truly evaluating all purchases.

Speaking of which…

Fourth – Curtail shopping:

I have a nasty habit of not thinking before I buy things. ESPECIALLY online. If only my Amazon account could talk… My goal is to really change my perspective and be more present when I spend money.

Ask myself – Do I really need this? Why? What will I use it for? Does it serve a real purpose?

This, surprisingly, also needs to be applied to food purchases. I don’t want to over-buy and end up wasting food, so I need to be diligent when I’m deciding how much to buy during weekly grocery store visits or farmers markets trips.

Fifth – Reevaluate:

I want to set aside time for myself each month to really think about the changes that I’ve made and evaluate the impact on my life.

Do I feel like I’m missing out on something? Then maybe something needs to be tweaked. Do I feel like I’m calmer and more relaxed without the added pressures? Maybe I can simply even further!

Do you need some more inspiration? Check out these amazing, motivating minimalists who are inspiring thousands on YouTube!

Have YOU thought about minimalism Any tips, suggestions, or recommendations?

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