Are you one of the many who made a New Year's resolution this year? Out with the old and in with the new? Have you started a cleanse, a new exercise program, organized your home, been more productive, kinder etc?? Diet and exercise have topped resolution lists for as long as I can remember but interestingly "de-cluttering" whether it be one's home or one's wardrobe and has become quite a hot topic as of late. I'm sure by now you have heard about and maybe even read "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up" by Marie Kondo. The simple premise : a detailed guide for determining which items in your home "spark joy" and which do not, tossing out the ones that don't. When we reduce what we own it has a "detox" effect on our bodies and our souls. Sounds like a great way to start the new year, although I will say I had to take some of Kondo's advise with a grain of salt. (The idea of dumping all of my belongings into the center of each room and sort through was a bit overwhelming.) This aside, I was intrigued by the chapter on wardrobe and wardrobe editing and would like to share a few thoughts… Get some garbage bags ready...
"Being around things that spark joy makes you happy"
Yes - but sometimes it's all in the mix and how you style something. Finding new ways to wear something that you were about to discard is definitely joyful!
"Learning that you can do without"
Agreed - Most of us are guilty of having way too much. We don't even know what we have. I like to sort clothes by category to get the true sense of volume of what I own. Discard everything that looks dated and doesn't fit or flatter.
"Downgrading something to loungwear is taboo"
Yes and No - We all have downtime - especially now that the weather is so frigid. I will admit that last year when I did a makeover on my husband Alan, I kept one of his cashmere sweater discards and wear it all the time in my cold house. Not that you need a closet full of blah- just a few pieces.
"Eliminate the need to store off-season clothes"
Nah - disagree. It's not a big deal to move seasonal things to another part of your house if you have the room to do so,
however, before you store for the season, purge.
"Unpack and detag new clothes immediately"
Disagree - Changing your mind is OK :)
"Empty your handbag every day"
Not sure about this one either. No explanation needed...
There are a lot of chapters in the book devoted to folding, storage etc… to become neater and tidier - all good information, but for me a little too unrealistic to put into practice.
What I did take away -A wardrobe that consists of things that spark joy does make you feel good. Getting rid of the rest feels good too. How simple is that?
Happy New Year and Happy Tidying,