Closet Cleaning

Since I've moved from a large room to a smaller room, the contents of my closet have been in 3-4 places around the house. But having clothes in places I never go to makes me forget that I owned the clothes in the first place. So I finally went through the closets and boxes and managed to throw out old papers, find clothes from high school to give away, and reorganize it all.

I bought large clear boxes with lids from Costco and am using them to store winter clothes and sweatshirts. I took some business-like skirts that I haven't seen since high school and hung them up in my closet, and I found some old purses, like 1930's old, and put them on display in my room. I've also started to transition the summer clothes into boxes so my closet has more room. You can already feel the change in the air. Summer is almost over.

My hope is to get the majority of my clothes into my room, but seeing as how I can't get them all in there, it is nice to know what I have and where.

What helped me to go through everything was to drag all of it out of one area and to go through it until I had gotten the floor clear again. Then I did that with the next area closet/shelf. I had a garbage bag, a pile for unwanted clothing and accessories, and a pile to keep.

If you've been needing to clean out your closet, you should take a few hours, and just sit down with it all. It's daunting, but once you're done, it feels great. Just keep in mind, it'll probably take a few hours.

Good luck!

How Much to Bring to College

I've got more clothes than I need, so when I was packing for college, and for a limited space, I was freaking out over how much was too much. Then, a friend told me that I was moving there, and I would need whatever I had needed at home, while taking into account the different climate.

With that philosophy in mind, I brought lots of clothes, more than I needed, but they all fit in the room. I had decided before hand that whatever fit in my room, I would keep, and whatever just couldn't fit, I would send home with my parents. But it all fit, as far as I remember.

And since I went to college just 300 miles away from home, I came home every 6 weeks or so, and I would use that time to switch out parts of my wardrobe. I'd trade in my sandals for boots, my shorts for pants etc. But for those who go away further or don't go home as often, you should probably make sure that you've got all the clothes to last until you do go home. Or at least plan on buying what you need as the weather gets colder. I never needed a heavy duty winter jacket until I went away to college. So in October, which was early, but my mom was in town, she and I went to a NorthFace store and found a jacket for me. The people who worked there lived in that climate, and were able to give suggestions on what kind of coat I would want.

So if you're having trouble deciding on what to pack, remember, you will be living there for the next few years. And bring enough variation that you can dress up for an interview, or dress up for a dance.

Does anyone else have any suggestions on how much to bring to college?