4 Surprising Benefits Of Keeping Your Wardrobe Light
The clutter in your house may just be causing clutter in your mind. Clean out your wardrobe, and feel the difference.I opened my cupboard, hunting for my yellow shorts. I knew they were in there somewhere. After rummaging in 3 different cupboards, I spotted them, sticking out from under my pink dress. Just as I thought I’d successfully pulled the shorts out, the entire pile (yes, pile) tumbled onto my head, and into my arms. Embarrassed, I looked around my room and sighed. I knew I couldn’t postpone organising my cupboard any longer.
As I looked at the huge pile of clothes on my bedroom floor, I remembered an interview I’d read recently. Marie Kondo, a Japanese organising consultant, has written a book called ‘The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing’. It is referred to as the KonMari method of decluttering. As per Marie, if something excites you and brings you joy, keep it; if it doesn’t, then it’s time to get rid of it. And that’s what I decided to do.
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Tips to keep your wardrobe light:
1. Make a pile of everything you own –
When you see what you’ve actually been hoarding in your wardrobe, you’ll be shocked. Those tight jeans from 7 years ago, which were pushed to the back of the wardrobe, need to go. So does the dress that hugs you in all the wrong places, a little too snugly. Get rid of clothes that are tight, or make you uncomfortable. I know you kept them in the hope that you would soon lose those extra kilos! But do yourself a favour, and give them away. When you do lose the weight, reward yourself with a better fitted outfit.
2. Don’t get nostalgic –
As you go through your pile of clothes, you may find some article of clothing which you kept, because it reminded you of that hot date with the sexy hunk in college, or worse, of a bad break-up. You were holding on to them for old times’ sake, but it’s time to let go of the past. Avoid going down that rabbit hole of nostalgia. Getting rid of those ‘memories’ is actually quite cathartic.
3. Just because it still has a tag –
You probably bought a few things on sale, and thought they would look good on you. And now every time you pull it out of your closet and try it on, you think it just doesn’t feel right for the occasion. It’s promptly put back into the wardrobe, to be worn later. Keeping things in your wardrobe, just because they still have a tag on, is not a good enough reason to clutter your wardrobe. Gift it to someone, or better still, donate it to someone and make their day.
4. Organise –
Organising your clothes in categories will help cut down the time you spend in front of your wardrobe. Put your office shirts together, and keep your work pants and skirts close, so it’s easier to coordinate the outfits. Hang your dresses up, so you know what you have, at a glance. Put the piles of folded clothes in the closet in a manner that you can see everything when you stand in front of your wardrobe.
I tried the KonMari method to organise my wardrobe and declutter. Soon, I had a pretty small pile of clothes I loved, 1 pile which I knew I had definitely outgrown and would never wear, 1 pile for donation, and 1 pile of clothes that were totally worn out. I felt sheer joy when I put the clothes that made the cut, back in my wardrobe. I could see right through to the back. I had done it! I quickly put the clothes I didn’t want into boxes, labelled them, and moved them out of my room, before I got tempted to keep something – just because.
As per Feng Shui, the act of decluttering generates fresh energy, and creates mental and physical space for more clarity. It also allows you to release some of those negative vibes that you have been holding on to. I have to say, there was a sense of peace and freedom that came over me after I did this. I would definitely recommend decluttering your wardrobe to find your inner peace, and for a more organised way of life.