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Closet Cleanse

by Meghann on February 3, 2011

Along with cleaning out the freezer, moving means cleaning out my closet.


That’s three bags worth of old jeans, shirts, and shoes that no longer have a place in my closet.

Oy vey.

This was really hard for me. I tend to hold on to certain items for memory sake (like old cheerleading shorts or fraternity formal shirts). These are pieces of clothing I haven’t worn in years and are well pass their prime, but I could technically still put on if I wanted to. It’s hard to give up things that are so much a part of your past.

Except now those cheerleading shorts have been replaced with real running shorts and those fraternity tees have been replaced with race tees. Also, those jean shorts I once loved so much are now two sizes too big and I’m sure will get more wear in another person’s closet.

I’m dropping the clothes off at Plato’s Closet first this afternoon to see if I can even get a little $$ from then and then the rest is going straight to a battered woman’s shelter.


I hope they all find good homes. πŸ™‚

Lunch was…. interesting.


It started off as a stir fry of veggies (broccoli, carrots, onion, garlic, mushrooms, and purple potatoes) with sesame oil and soy sauce. Then I changed my mind and added two eggs to make an omelet scramble of sorts.


The tortilla was a last minute add in for the egg burrito effect. πŸ˜‰


Meals like these are why i love cooking. You can start out making one thing and then end up with something complete different if the mood so chooses. Cooking isn’t an exact science. It’s about experimenting and using your instincts to figure out what works.

Baking, however, is completely opposite. That’s why baking and I don’t get along as well. πŸ˜‰

1 Kara February 3, 2011 at 1:22 pm

I think baking allows for a lot of creativity…as long you stay within certain boundaries! Plus, I’d rather eat cookie mistakes over egg scramble mistakes any day πŸ™‚
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2 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat February 3, 2011 at 1:23 pm

I did a closet cleanse a while ago, and even though it was kind of difficult at the time, I promise you will feel SOOO much better when you’re done! And on a very positive note…. sometimes it kinda provides an excuse for shopping! πŸ˜‰
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3 Jess (Daly Authenticity) February 3, 2011 at 1:23 pm

I desperately need to do a closet cleanse! I just absolutely HATE getting rid of things. I pull something out that I haven’t worn in years and think, “Well, one day I MIGHT need this.” Silly thinking, I know. Maybe I’ll do it soon πŸ™‚
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4 Stacy @ Every Little Thing February 3, 2011 at 1:25 pm

I do think there’s a lot more science with baking, but it still allows for creativity. I’m trying to make the perfect muffin, and it’s amazing what a change in 1/4 cup of certain ingredients will do!

I do a closent cleanse usually once every 3-4 months but it’s been a while, so I need to do it again!
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5 Beth February 3, 2011 at 1:25 pm

Ha, I cleaned out my closet this weekend and have over 100 clothing items to donate. Its crazy how much stuff we keep that either doesn’t fit, doesn’t look good, or otherwise just should not be worn anymore.

6 Katy (The Singing Runner) February 3, 2011 at 1:26 pm

I definitely need to get a lot of clothes out of my closet! There is so much stuff I don’t wear anymore!
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7 Ali @ Ali on the Run February 3, 2011 at 1:26 pm

I looooove doing closet cleanses like this! I did the same thing right before I moved and was able to donate a ton of stuff. At first it’s hard to part with certain items, but I find that once they’re gone I NEVER miss them. I’m never like, “Oh man, I wish I hadn’t thrown away that American Eagle sweater from 7th grade that still might kind of fit and that Joey Potter wore on Dawson’s Creek…”
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8 Heather February 3, 2011 at 1:30 pm

we are about to move and I know I will be the same way. i can be SO sentimetal, It is hard to force myself to purge items, but I need to!
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9 Christa February 3, 2011 at 1:32 pm

I always procrastinate with the closet cleaning–for years at a time! But it is good not only for those who receive your old stuff, but I think it clears your subconcious too!
Don’t give up on baking! You must be like a mad alchemist in the kitchen, but once you get the hang of it, it is the best therapy. And there is nothing like the aroma that fills the house (especially when u move to a new one!)
BTW the photos of your lunch look delicious.

10 Anne February 3, 2011 at 1:41 pm

And that is why I enjoy moving. It gives me big motivation to purge all of my junk!
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11 Kristy @ KristyRuns February 3, 2011 at 1:45 pm

Ugh. I hate cleaning out the closet. Anything BUT the closet. It’s where I cram everything, and it drives my husband crazy. πŸ™‚
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12 jen @ taste life February 3, 2011 at 1:46 pm

I love cleaning out my closets when the time is right, feels so cleansing! Your lunch looks good to me!
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13 Kiran February 3, 2011 at 1:53 pm

Totally agree with you on the baking point πŸ˜‰
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14 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey February 3, 2011 at 1:55 pm

Your lunch looks delicious! Thats my kind of wrap!
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15 Lindsey February 3, 2011 at 1:58 pm

I have the exact opposite issue- I love baking because it’s an exact science. I’m not so great with cooking because it’s not πŸ™‚ I had a hard time at Plato’s Closet; they were really strict about what they would and would not take.
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16 Kelly February 3, 2011 at 2:01 pm

When I moved to VA two months ago the hardest part was trying to figure out what to bring and what to leave.
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17 Carolina February 3, 2011 at 2:05 pm

I have all my sorority shirts in a bag hoping to oneday make a quilt out of them, we’ll see if that ever happens, ha!
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18 Hope February 3, 2011 at 2:14 pm

I definitely need to clean out my closet. Every time I move, I keep taking clothes that I don’t even wear anymore that just take up closet space. I really need to go through everything.
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19 Sara (Miles and Manhattan) February 3, 2011 at 2:14 pm

I LOVE CLEANING OUT MY CLOSET! I literally find it cleansing. And i love donating the clothes to charity πŸ™‚
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20 Jessica @ The Virtual Scrapbook February 3, 2011 at 2:15 pm

I’m determined to learn more about food and what is paired well together. I’m determined to do this while not eating a zillion things and gaining lots of weight. I really want to go to cooking school, but instead I’m going to start reading more blogs, getting a few books, watching the food network, and testing it out in the kitchen.
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21 Amanda @ JustAmandaJ February 3, 2011 at 2:16 pm

I’m so bad about keeping clothes because of memories. When I moved across the US last year though I had to trim everything down. Then I got pregnant and couldn’t wear anything I brought! I’m using this to justify a shopping spree after I pop the kiddo out πŸ˜‰
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22 Ashley February 3, 2011 at 2:18 pm

I think I’m pretty good about giving away clothes I don’t want to wear anymore, it’s everything else thats a problem.

23 Matt @ The Athlete's Plate February 3, 2011 at 2:20 pm

I don’t bake either. Too complicated!
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24 Courtney @ The Granola Chronicles February 3, 2011 at 2:23 pm

I feel like it’s very liberating when you clean out your closet! It can be hard to get rid of some stuff, but in general I think it’s so nice to simplify your life!
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25 Michelle February 3, 2011 at 2:26 pm

I just did this during Christmas break and it was HARD. For some reason I was hanging on to stuff I wore IN COLLEGE and I didn’t want to give it up. I’m 32 and I have 2 kids – where did I think I was going to be wearing this stuff?

That’s why I enjoy cooking too – it’s a lot harder to salvage something on the fly when you are baking.
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26 hippierunner February 3, 2011 at 2:32 pm

Great lunch! I love when throwing things together turns out so yummy!
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27 MaryBe February 3, 2011 at 2:33 pm

You’re only giving away the clothes. You get to keep the memories

28 Eliz@The Sweet Life February 3, 2011 at 2:46 pm

Giving away clothes you no longer need feels so good, I think. It creates such nice open space in my head and closet.
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29 Kate (What Kate is Cooking) February 3, 2011 at 2:47 pm

I donated a ton of clothes and it feels so good! You will thank yourself when you’re packing πŸ™‚
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30 Paula @ Eat:Watch:Run February 3, 2011 at 2:52 pm

You’re doing so good cleaning out your pantry. πŸ™‚ I’m looking forward to your food posts once you get down to the bare bones of the fridge/pantry. That should be interesting. πŸ˜‰
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31 Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) February 3, 2011 at 3:17 pm

I purge/edit/donate from my closet ALL The time! I use Buffalo Exchange (like Plato’s closet ) first, then donate the rest. It keeps clutter down and helps someone else out. And that way I can see what I have in my closet that i WANT to wear…not the old stuff that I never reach for anyway!
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32 Michelle (The Runner's Plate) February 3, 2011 at 3:20 pm

I love how baking/cooking often fits a person’s personality. I definitely feel more confident baking–probably because I am a type-A, like to play by the rules kind of person.
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33 Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun February 3, 2011 at 3:42 pm

I always feel so good when I get rid of extra things. Its getting started thats rough.
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34 Elizabeth February 3, 2011 at 3:42 pm

I had to get rid of almost all of my sentimental clothes recently (another story for another time), and I set up a quick photo area with a few lights and snapped digital shots of my favorites. I can keep the photos forever without taking up the closet space or risking “losing the memories”.

35 sarah (sarah learns) February 3, 2011 at 3:46 pm

i just cleaned out my closet too! it’s kind of therapeutic, isn’t it? i felt so much better after it was done! πŸ™‚ i am definitely not a baker either. i can follow recipes fine, but i just am more into cooking.
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36 Jen February 3, 2011 at 4:08 pm

Love to cook, not bake! I leave that to the professionals πŸ™‚
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37 Emily @ Savory and Savage February 3, 2011 at 4:11 pm

Congrats on being able to cull things out of your closet. I am the worst at doing that kind of stuff. But on the upside – moving forces you to streamline your life.
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38 Lisa (bakebikeblog) February 3, 2011 at 4:13 pm

I recently did a big closet cleanse too -although I am sure there are still more things that I coudl donate!
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39 Lauren @ Fun, Fit and Fabulous! February 3, 2011 at 4:18 pm

I really need to clean out my closet too!! I collected way to many free t-shirts during my undergrad! I also really want to try purple potatoes!! πŸ™‚
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40 Kacy February 3, 2011 at 4:19 pm

I have two bags of clothes I need to give to charity but keep forgetting. And I already need to go through my closet again. Oy.
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41 Alaina @ The Jogging Concierge February 3, 2011 at 4:31 pm

I am the complete opposite. I love baking because it’s all down to a science. With cooking, I’m afraid to deviate from the recipe because it might not taste good. I just need to experiment more! πŸ™‚
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42 ashley February 3, 2011 at 6:42 pm

I do a closet cleanse every six months or so, it’s sooo hard to do it even when I know I will never wear the clothes again but I tell myself i’m making room for new clothes & that helps haha

43 Raya February 3, 2011 at 8:36 pm

I donated so much stuff when I moved, but it felt good at the same time! Like a weight was lifted! πŸ™‚
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44 Tara February 3, 2011 at 8:55 pm

I love cooking for the same reason. It makes leftovers more fun too! I love eating casseroles or stews on salads or toast.

Just a tip, I have a friend who works at plato’s closet who said that they tend to “buy” more from you if you bring it in small quantities. If you don’t have a lot or don’t feel like stopping multiple times though, just one go should be fine.

45 natalie (the sweets life) February 3, 2011 at 9:26 pm

i definitely have a hard time getting rid of old clothes too…it’s probably the reason my clothing is currently in THREE different rooms of our house!!!

46 ezzie February 3, 2011 at 10:45 pm

I have the hardest time parting with old clothes too! It’s like, hey, maybe I don’t want to hand it down to my little cousin. I could still fit in it if I wanted to. πŸ˜›
And I completely agree with your thoughts on cooking!

47 Amy (adore today) February 4, 2011 at 1:58 am

I totally agree with you! I’d much rather cook than bake. Cooking you can just throw something in a pot without measuring and it comes out good. Baking is so specific and if you don’t get the right amount of key ingredients, it’s over.

48 RunningOnCoffee February 5, 2011 at 3:01 pm

I have a big bag waiting to be donated, I just need to make the special trip to donate them to a place that will actually USE the clothes (they’re still in good condition! Just not my size or style) as opposed to those drop boxes in parking lots that still benefit a good cause, but I’m pretty sure they just shred & sell the resulting material by weight.

I’ve got a lot more that I could give away too, I’m just having a hard time getting rid of it.
i.e. stuff that’s in great shape, still fits, but I just haven’t worn it in a year+
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