I started doing my taxes a couple of days ago, and part of that is entering all our donations into It’s Deductible. It’s Deductible is a web based tool to track and assign dollar amounts to donations, and it automatically imports into Turbo Tax. I’ve been using this combo for a couple of years, and it really makes it easy to file taxes.
We made five trips to Goodwill last year. Early in the year we donated just a couple of bags of books and shoes. Mostly stuff that our daughter had outgrown. Then in August my wife, Dream, got the itch to go through all her clothes in the closet and the dresser. She was getting rid of all the things she didn’t wear anymore.
To make it easier to itemize we write down every item on a notepad, and enter them in the computer later, as we begin our taxes. After entering the first sheet of items, I flipped the notepad to the August sheet. The first part of the list had the typical items our daughter had outgrown, a few shirts, a few dresses, a few pants.
Then I scanned down the list and saw 61 women’s t-shirts. WOW. I had to double check with Dream to make sure that number was accurate. In addition to the t-shirts she also purged 37 pants, 16 shorts, and 11 sweaters/sweatshirts.
It’s amazing that she had so much stuff. You would never know it by looking, as they were all neatly stored away in the dresser and the closet. It didn’t look messy at all. It was neat and orderly and I still find it hard to imagine there were so many items stored away.
Looking at it now, it’s amazing to notice that this clothing purge happened two full months before we considered moving toward minimalism and beginning our Big Purge. She must have had some sixth sense about what our future held. When we did begin our Big Purge she had a running start and still managed to find more items to get rid of.
It’s almost unbelievable how much stuff accumulates over the years. Some of it was purchased and some of it was given to her, but it all took up space in the closet and in the dresser drawers.
Now, after her August purge and after our Big Purge she no longer has anything in the dresser. All her items are stored neatly in the closet. I took a peek in there yesterday and I did spy a pair of festive Santa socks, but she swears she needs those at Christmas time. Even with the festive socks, there is a lot of free space now. I really like the look of an uncluttered closet.