When is having too much clothes a problem? And when is it time to do something about it?
These questions have gone through my head for the past month, well really for more time than that, but I have only become productive about it recently. Yesterday I actually started sorting through my wardrobe and had a big purge of items I didn’t need or want anymore.
I knew I had a lot of clothes, but it’s amazing to see it there in a pile. It really brings it to reality. And the sad thing is not the amount, but the amount of clothes I didn’t wear. I seemed to be collecting and collecting piece after piece. The majority of the items were bought from op shops. I love op shopping, but the great low prices and bargains are a
hoarders collectors dream. And I have collected a lot of stuff over the years, that are just hanging there never worn. Those supposed bargains are just wasted money just sitting there. As I see it that money could of been saved up to actually buy something I would use regularly, or spent on a nice relaxing holiday.
I decided to minimise my wardrobe as I realised I don’t wear most of my clothes, and I keep going back to a few essentials I wear most days. These unworn items are just dead space in my closet. Seeing many of my items not being worn makes me sad, as well as frustrated. Going to my wardrobe was not a good experience, fuelled by the fact that I’m not the most organised person, you can imagine how messy the wardrobe can get.
Coming back from a three week European holiday in June, I have realised how my hard earned money and energy can and should be used. This has spurred me to actually do something and clear out my closet, and eventually spend less money on clothes and materialistic things, and spend more time and energy on creating art and saving up to go travel and experience things.
Fifty years ago many people didn’t have the extensive wardrobes we have today. How many dresses does a girl need anyway? And I’m more at peace with the thought of not having a heap load of clothes to choose from when I get ready at the start of my day.
Getting rid of those unworn items is a great feeling. I feel more free and light. I can now enjoy what I do have, and I can actually see and find what I need, which is a plus.
I definitely wouldn’t call myself a minimalist, I’m probably the exact opposite, but I think a bit of minimalist thinking is beneficial in our lives. While doing research on this topic I found an abundance of articles and blog posts that have helped me out.
Here are some links I found useful and thought provoking:
♥ Very informative 10 step process to get your wardrobe where you want it.
♥ Some simple questions to ask yourself while creating your minimal closet.
♥ Xandra’s blog is joyful to go through (and I’m loving her podcasts on youtube, the name is FabulosiTEA). I love her minimalist wardrobe approach, and her blog mantra of ‘less stuff, more sparkle’. Go have a look at her blog and her podcasts.
♥ This article is great, I think question 7 (Do I feel confident when I wear this?) is perfect, and I definitely used it while I was deciding what to keep and what to throw away.
Hopefully these links help you too. You might not do a complete wardrobe overhaul, but maybe it will start your thought process and get you on your way to organise or even minimise your wardrobe.