As much I love keeping my interior free of clutter, I’m having a very hard time doing the same with my closet. It’s been months since I decided I needed to clean out my closet and get rid of the piles of tees, jeans or sweaters that are sitting on my closet upper shelves and that I haven’t worn in ages. But every time I have a free moment, I find a good reason to do something else. Then, 2 weekends ago, I decided to tackle this challenge and I went for it.
Oh boy, it was a challenge. I realized I was close to incapable of letting go of some of my closet items, because I was fooling myself. Here are the top 5 myths/ lies I had been telling myself, and fought against while decluttering :
I don’t have time. I’ll do it later.
“I don’t have time because I don’t want to do it” is more like it. Let’s not kid ourselves. It is draining, emotionally painful, to let go of things. But the beauty is that when you do let go, you feel lighter. I promise. Plus, you rediscover actual good pieces that were buried under the outdated ones.
I might need it someday.
… As in ‘it may come back on trend next season’. You know it won’t. Fashion comes and goes and then comes back again, we know all about the cycles, but the grandma’ or mommy jeans you were wearing 7 years ago are not you anymore. You changed as a person, your body changed with pregnancies and hormones, and chances are your cherished pair of jeans or overalls from the 90s are never going to be your favorite again. Let go!
I keep this one for when I lose weight.
Ah, this one is my favorite. I have at least 4 pairs of jeans that are 2 sizes too small that I keep in the upper buy sildenafil online part of my closet storage, for when… I’ll be skinny again. Gone, basta, au revoir. If I ever happen to be back to a size 4 [yeah, right…], I’ll go buy myself a new pair of expensive jeans to celebrate my victory. Like a boss.
This reminds me of a happy memory.
A romantic trip, a lighter you, your corporate career, anything. I was keeping work suits from my corporate career, just in case. The problem is, I left the corporate world more than 7 years ago… And I don’t plan on going back anytime soon.
We are so good at keeping stuff for emotional reasons. My new rule is “if I haven’t worn it in more than a year, it’s time to let go.” You don’t have to let go of ALL your emotional items at once. Try to let go of things one at a time. It will be less painful.
This can be fixed, altered.
Yes it can, but if you haven’t fixed it in the last 2 years, chances are you never will. Time to say buh-bye.
Honestly, I felt much, much lighter after my closet purge. Like a huge weight came off my shoulders. A total of 4 bags went to charity, and I also felt good about the idea of recycling clothes that were gently used for someone else who needs them more than I do. Who knows, one my #ladyboss corporate suits may be helping someone lend their dream job today! Final bonus, I rediscovered cool pieces that I forgot I had in the piles, and it takes me half the time to figure out how to dress in the morning.
What lies do you tell yourself to avoid a closet diet? Are you good at purging regularly? How do you do it? Cheers, Si-
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