Wednesday, April 29, 2009

I'm (almost) a Homeowner!!

Well, actually more like I'm a mortgagor, and the bank is the homeowner. Regardless, in just over 6 weeks, I'll be moving into my first home! YAY. So long rental housing, hello condo ownership! I just signed the mortgage papers last week which made it feel a bit more real (b/c I'm pretty sure I signed away my firstborn). It won't feel completely real until I'm settled in the new place. So much to do before then! Basically, I have six weeks to deal with more paperwork, talk to my lawyer, line up contractors, pack, unpack, notify the phone, cable companies, etc. of the address change........what did I get myself into??? Sigh. Deep breath. One step at a time, right?

My first chore is to "de-clutter and purge", as per the BF. You see, I'm a bona fide pack rat. I'm sure I could pull out the macaroni-art jewelery box that I made for my Mom in grade one (my mom wouldn't still have it cuz she throws everything away, and I probably rescued it from the trash). So you can probably understand why the BF wants me to start going through my things and 'purge.' He claims he's only seen me wear about half of the clothes in my closet. (whatev BF!).

See? Even Nicole Ritche has a bit of a messy closet!
Image via NicoleRichieFashion

I'm sure it comes as no surprise that my first 'purge' task is my closet. Where do I begin? Lucky for me, I found this very helpful article on

My new mantra will be this line from the article "[i]f the clothes don’t fit, have holes, are out of style or just don’t represent your personality anymore, get rid of them! Don’t reminisce about days and sales of yore – no matter what the price tag or the memory (third-base), discard of it." So much easier said than done!

Do you have any suggestions/tips/advice for me on 'de-cluttering' or on the first-time home buying process? Thanks in advance!


Sheila said...

For those clothing pieces that you hold an emotional attachment to, why not take a fun photo of it (them)? Will certainly help to save on space.

Barbara said...

Congrats on your new home! I can totally relate with the closet. I only wear about 10% of my clothes and a lot still have tags on them. Sigh.

I'd say invite your friends over and let them take whatever clothes you're willing to purge. Any left overs can be donated.

Bridechka said...

Congrats on the new place! That is so exciting!

Mo said...

How exciting, a new home and a new closet to call your very own.
I like to color-code the clothes that are hanging and I put small items (scarves, mittens, hats,) into one plastic container to make things look neater. I also like to bring old hangers to my dry cleaner, who recycles them.

When giving clothing away, just think of the last time you wore an item. If you can't remember, then it needs to go! Also, anything that's ill-fitted I also give away, which usually happens if pants shrink.

Nicole said...

Congrats on the home-purchase. What a big step! It's a great time to go from renter to owner right now, too.

A Hot Pink Petticoat said...

congrats!!! I close 2 weeks today and still have got my packing underway. Pck a box a night to that:
1) you don't stree the last few days to pack
2) while stressing you keep the crap you should have got rid of

Suzanne Casamento said...

Donate, donate, donate. Especially now, when people are in need. If you can't remember the last time you wore it, pass it on. You'll achieve good karma and declutter at the same time. ; )

Margarita said...

Congrats on the house!! And good luck with the cleaning! If you need help I'm a great thrower-outer of other peoples things!

chicncheap said...

Congrats on the new home! Hmm, I'm decluttering too (super hard because I'm a packrat). I ask myself these ?s:
1. Could I wear this to work?
2. Could I wear this out?
3. How many "casual/clothing to mess up" outfits do I need (maybe 5)?

My fiancee came up with a present value analysis of what my old books are worth. No need to get all finance nerdy on valuing your stuff. Keep it if you will use it!

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