Why I Chose To Downsize My Wardrobe + How You Can Do It Too

Why I Chose To Downsize My Wardrobe + How You Can Do It Too

Most people have much more clothes than they need or even use and this summer I had enough! I don’t know about you, but what’s inside my wardrobe is nothing short of unnecessary. It’s mostly a mess of clothes that get rarely worn, but saved nonetheless. Because maybe one day I’ll have a hot date to a gala in the Maldives where that l sexy white dress or feathered (and sequined) green dress that’s still hanging up.

I’m guessing that, while you might not have a feathered and sequined green dress like mine, your closet is full of similar stories. So let’s commit right now to sorting through it once and for all. This project can be kind of a doozy, so you can take the weekend if you need to.

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How Decluttering My Closet Reduced My Anxiety

Hello lovely,

Let's have an open and honest chat about anxiety, shall we? Since last year, a lot has happened and I feel like I'm just playing catch-up. I've been taking time off periodically just to clear my head but nothing seemed to be working. I was falling behind at work, in my professional life outside of work and I was just always tired. The thought of doing anything creative or remotely productive left me crippled with anxiety and I just couldn't progress. It wasn't until a recent tweet made me realise at least one of the sources of my anxiety.

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So while I was home sick with the flu, I took a really long look at my closet. Over the span of several days I completed the most intense purge of my life. Anything that I hadn't worn in months, anything that couldn't fit and never would again went into the bag. I went strictly on impulse. If I got a bad feeling when I touched it, I got rid of it. Sure there were some pieces I really liked, but I couldn't tell you the last time I wore them or when I'd ever wear them again. I knew I had to toss them. And as I did, with each piece, I slowly felt a weight lift off me. Slowly I was able to find the energy (and the space) to put away my clean laundry instead of leaving it on the couch for a week until the new laundry came and that laundry just got tossed on the chair in my room (everyone has that chair; get rid of it). It was a vicious cycle.

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And even worse, I can't even tell you what's in these bags. This was the most cleansing purge ever! I think it was symbolic of all of the toxic things I've gotten rid of in my life over the past year and a few things I still wish I could get rid of. It's also symbolic of my growth emotionally and professionally. My personal style hasn't changed drastically, rather subtly. Don't worry I still have a closet FULL of clothes and options so I don't miss these clothes at all.

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I now feel better about doing laundry and putting them away immediately. My room is still relatively clean with a few more things that can be moved into storage but I'm still working on it. How are you spring cleaning this year? What are you looking forward to getting rid of and how are you getting organised?

7 Types of Clothing You Should Get Rid of Immediately

7 Types of Clothing You Should Get Rid of Immediately

With this ruthless closet edit, you'll learn the elements of your personal style - something you probably had difficulty articulating before. And, armed with your trusty triggers list, you should be able to stop yourself from making the same shopping mistakes that forced you to embark on this epic closet cleanse in the first place. Oh, the money you'll save and the stress you'll avoid. It's gonna be smooth sailing from here on out.

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