Wow it’s been a long time since I’ve been motivated to write something on here. Between work, studying my masters, and seeing my mom off on a year long journey in New Zealand, I have become very distracted. My mind has been full and my mindfulness practice and other self care has often been neglected.
Things have calmed a bit in the last couple of weeks, and I have been able to think about my next chapter (another 5 months down the line yet, but time is going quickly). I’ve been thinking about what I want to carry forwards with me, both materially and emotionally.
I’m in a wave of letting go of things that don’t serve me and making more time and space for things that truly do. I decided to start with a major clear out of my closet! I now reckon there’s no point saving things for special occasions or making cheeky purchases on a whim of momentary pleasure without any real consideration for how/where/when I’ll wear it and if it goes with anything else I own. Not only is this a drain of my bank account but it quite honestly is a waste of my physical and emotional time and space.
I’m not brave enough to minimise in the form of a capsule wardrobe (at least not yet) but I’ve decided to be more clear with a colour pallet that I like to wear and with items that I know I can wear together. After a few passes at my wardrobe I now own approximately 100 pieces of clothing (this is excluding: undies, socks, bras, bathing suits, sleeping and exercise wear). This may still sound like a lot but if you look at it – it doesn’t look too excessive (I think!)
This feels so refreshing; simplifying my clothing choices to truly suit what I like and feel good in. I am also noticing and appreciating the fabrics and patterns on the items of clothing that I love. This may sound weird but it’s really grounding to acknowledge the true feel and look of an item that you are putting on your body.
This clear-out goes in line with my evolving commitment to be a more sustainable consumer. Often times this means spending more money on an item (that will last you longer), or shopping used. I’m fine with this because it’s a good challenge for myself to stop and consider items rather than almost mindlessly chomping up unsustainable pieces with no real connection to their origin (the image of pacman comes to mind).
This clear-out has been a nice opportunity for me to refocus on mindfulness and gratitude; practices that I’ve found to be an ultimate form of self care as they ground me in my humanness, in connection to the world and other people.
With that being said, if any of this resonates with you I recommend a clear out of material items and emotional drains! No point wasting any more time on things that don’t serve you. Start small if this seems a bit scary, a bit of research never hurt anyone. So…
Where can I get rid of the clothes I no longer want?
- Local Charity Shops – always up for donations!
- Donate nice dresses to organisations who will loan/give young women dresses for special occasions (e.g. prom) who would otherwise be unable to afford them. Such as: https://www.promally.co.uk (this is one example I found after a quick google. Look up similar organisations in your area!)
- Donate smart attire to organisations that help individuals unable to afford outfits for job interviews & work, such as: http://www.suitedbootedcentre.org.uk ; http://smartworks.org.uk
- Sell your clothes on eBay or Depop
If interested in learning more about capsule wardrobes you can read here : https://bemorewithless.com/goodcloset/ (or google for yourself!)