New year is often a time when we feel like we want to take stock, clear out the old and welcome in the new. My experience of this actually happened a while ago, but I thought you might appreciate reading it now, whilst the new year feeling is still fresh!
I have to give all credit to Anna Robinson for this post. It was reading her excellent blog (annarobbo.wordpress.com) which inspired me to realise that although I am often employed helping other people review their wardrobes, it was suddenly a very long time since I had sorted out my own….
Oh, don’t get me wrong, I do know which colours and styles are right for me for my colouring, body shape and personality. It’s just that, being the ruthlessly nice person that I am, I seem to find it impossible to ever throw things away! So my wardrobe was looking a little tatty, and overstuffed to say the least.
I decided to tackle this problem after reading Anna’s blog about the familiar Western problem many of us suffer from of having too much stuff. I determined that I was going to employ a new ruthlessness and hone my wardrobe to a more manageable size. Some of you will be glad to hear that I didn’t quite achieve the 37 piece (including shoes!) minimalism which Anna achieved, but I did reduce the size of my wardrobe dramatically, and it felt AMAZING!
So, the method involved looking at all my clothes, and asking myself these three questions:
1. Do I NEED it?
2. Does it LOVE me?
3. Do I LOVE it?
And if the answer to all of these was not a resounding ‘YES!’, then the item had to go.
I must confess that if I had instantly given away the mountains of garments that didn’t fit into the YES category, then I may have suffered wardrobe-panic-induced- cardiac- palpitations. So to soften the dismay, I decided to take an in-between step. Some items I was happy to give away on the spot (in fact, to be honest, it was a relief to give myself the permission !). The ones I was not so sure about, I packed up into bags and have put them in the loft where they are annoyingly hard to get at.
I am writing this several weeks later and I can honestly say that not only have I not missed those items one little bit, but I can’t even remember what I had in there at all!
So that just goes to show how much I actually needed them!
In the weeks that have passed since then, I have found it much easier to ‘work’ my wardrobe. I have come up with new combinations for outfits which I hadn’t considered before, and I feel like my own sense of style is more crystallised as all of the items I have left are ones which I love wearing (instead of just like a bit!).
And my wardrobe is much tidier too!
I have to admit, the freedom of getting rid of a load of stuff has been uplifting.!
In my next blog piece, I will write a bit more about how to achieve this for yourself, so keep your eyes open for the next post, and get ready to conquer your wardrobe!