Recently I spent most of a weekend sorting out my wardrobe. For years, I have only kept my in-season clothes, footwear and accessories within easy reach. Every April and October I schlep to the garage to retrieve the coming season’s wardrobe and relegate the past season’s, hanging on to a few cross-over items to tide me over as the weather turns.
The Englishman is forever warning me of the cold or hot snap that will inevitably come, but I always ignore him and then have to accept my culpability when the cold or hot spell eventuates, meaning off I go to the garage again to find something suitable to wear.
Having devoured Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up I considered for the first time that with careful culling and storage I might be able to store all of my clothing in plain sight year round. According to the author, if done correctly I would only need to go through this process once. It took me much of a Saturday and a chunk of Sunday but the job was finally done.
As I stood gazing at my beautifully arranged wardrobe and tidy drawers I realised I had plenty – I was, in fact, wardrobe abundant. I felt cleansed. I also felt a little tremor of fear. What would I do with all this newfound freedom? No need to shop, no need to sort, no need to think or research!
If I applied this approach to the rest of my possessions I’d have to ask myself some pretty tough questions about what I was going to do now. On reflection I could see why Ms Kondo had given her book the title she had.
Three months on and the clothes are not exactly in the places they were. Some have moved back and some have taken up residence in the garage so I can better see what is in my drawers. There have been a few more additions and the odd deletion. I’ve moved back towards a slightly more laissez-faire approach to what I’m wearing – albeit tends to be the same old 20%.
I’m on the verge of doing a bit of a tidy-up, although on a smaller scale.
What I still have, however, is a sense of abundance that makes me feel very blessed every time I start thinking about what to wear.
And some of my newfound freedom has been channeled into writing and contributed to the launching of The Ripenists 🙂
How abundant do you feel when you feast upon your wardrobe?
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