My whole life I’ve been messy. Years of trying to fight it and change my habits I eventually gave up and accepted that swimming through a pile of clean clothes was my destiny. That was until I was brought Marie Kondos book, the life changing magic of tidying up.
It only took me a few days to devour and has given me a new found love of conscious consumerism, simple living, minimalism and decluttering. I am planning on writing a full review of the book and my experience soon but for now, here’s how it transformed my wardrobe. If you are thinking you want to take control of your body covering stuff, it’s a good place to start.
Every single item of clothing from my rail, tall chest of drawers and hidden areas within my house transformed into Mount Everest on my bed. It really shows you how much you own, which was completely frightening assuming I haven’t had anything to wear since 2010. Marie asks you to pick up each and every item in your hand and ask yourself does it spark joy. Funnily enough about 80% of my wardrobe was taken to the charity shop. For Christmas I had to ask for socks and pants because 7 pieces of underwear isn’t ideal and I couldn’t believe how many pairs of pants I owned I hated, you know the ones.
Surprisingly it was not scary, giving away all of my clothes. It actually felt like I was being freed. Free from those size six jeans that reminded me I was no longer a size six and that top that I had to pull up every five minutes so not to offend my Nan. I’m now left with a skeleton wardrobe and I find it easy to get dressed in the morning. I know I need to replace and buy some things to make it work for me all year round and I’m now probably under consuming but with the wedding coming up, all of my money has been directed there. I’ve gone without clothes shopping which has caused me no stress, if anything a little bit less.
My jeans are starting to look like they could turn their back on me at any time and I still dream of the perfect white shirt but this time round, I’m going for quality over quantity. I can’t wait to be at the stage where I open my wardrobe just to admire it. I’m also hoping now I’m older I won’t spill so much food and makeup on nice things… a girl can dream.
Don’t underestimate the power of decluttering your wardrobe and letting go of things that don’t spark joy. It’s surprising how breaking up with an old top can feel like finally letting go of an old part of you.
Lots of love,