During my weekly phone conversation with my maternal grandmother, Mimi, she told me how great it felt to have her closet de-cluttered. My sister and aunt had just recently been over to help Mimi clean out her closet and she was thrilled! Mimi has taught me about a million lessons without ever lecturing, and this one came just as simply. She said that when she tries an outfit on in the morning and then takes it off (for whatever reason), instead of hanging the clothes back up in her closet, she simply places them in a trash bag under the rack. If she does not retrieve the outfit within a few months, off it goes to her town’s library garage sale. If our closets were as settled and comfortable as Mimi’s, I imagine it would be easier to get ready for the day–lacking the stress of trying on outfits that we know we don’t want to wear. Has that ever happened to you? You try on a dress and inevitably you place it back on the hanger, like you did three weeks ago when you bought it for a new date because you end up wearing the little black dress that looks phenomenal! Imagine placing that new-date-dress in a box in the back corner of your closet (we can’t all be strong enough not to buy it in the first place, hey, you really liked the guy, and we’re working on it), to be forgotten until it is remembered and worn or driven off to the local clothes donation center. Voila!
Last summer I cleaned out my closet hoping to feel lighter and brighter. I kept the obvious little-black-dress (okay, I kept two), and other wardrobe staples, but the general rule I kept was that if I hadn’t worn it in a few months, I threw it out (in a box of clothes for a clothing swap party, or to donation). Our culture seems hung up on keeping things, the more things you have the more well-to-do you are. Lately I’ve found that simplifying my life cultivates much more wellness than any material object ever could.
In my freeing up mind space and closet space, I’ve noticed that I can get ready in under ten minutes! If all the clothes that hang in my closet are pieces of outfits that I know and love and wear often (mixing and matching as I please), then I am not trying on ten different outfits before I finally feel comfortable.
Is your life cluttered with things you no longer use? How do you de-clutter your life/closet? Do you have many outfits that traverse the glitter and grit world?