Neat freaks who comb through their wardrobe and declutter on a consistent basis probably think that this is the easiest challenge. I decided to tackle clothes for my Day 2, because my Virgo friend suggested a method for my doing so.
I listened intently as I noticed my stomach was churning with discomfort at the thought of taking an item of clothing and asking, “Does this bring me joy?” And if the answer was no (hesitant or doubtful)–well, it got the axe. I don’t have that many clothes to begin with. I’m not much of a shopper (not for clothing anyway), so the thought of ridding myself of the little inventory I have (27 items!!!!) was in a word: discomfitting.
Declutter Lesson learned: I wear my psychological baggage
So, I ignored my friend’s sage advice, because it would have meant that I’d throw away my whole wardrobe. Instead, I decided to do a triage. I went easy on myself. I started with my sock and underwear drawer.
Spoiler Alert: EMBARRASSING! Have you ever watched those romantic comedies where one of those characters makes a comment about how the leading girl-next-door doesn’t wear those sexy panties that she used to wear when they first met? Yeah. Let me just say, that I found one of those sexy numbers (with matching bra, of course!) with the tag still on! I think I bought that set about 5 years ago. Wore the bra, maybe twice, and…
As for the other wearables, it was not as difficult. Okay. I’m lying. In fact, I noticed that those items of clothing I had the hardest time parting with, were those that I wore frequently (even those T-shirts for comfort that look like they’ve been run over by a fleet of 18-wheelers) or those that I received as a gift. I have a lot of stuff that I’ve received from friends, family and other people who probably were regifting.
I’m carrying around a lot of psychological baggage. I wear it every day. No wonder I can feel my creative mojo suffer as the year(s) wears on.
Once that realization hit, I flew through the rest of today’s challenge. Tossed in a couple of purses (one purse was of real Springbock hyde made by AIDS victims in South Africa, which my husband frequently refers to as “ratsmere” because it looks pretty ratty by now. I wore that one to death.) But, of course, I stopped myself right at 27 items!
Join the Declutter Challenge! Just use #Declutter2015 when you Tweet. Or Instagram proof of your 27 items.
Or go ahead and post a link to your blog (with picture) to comments below! You learn a lot about yourself when you begin to purge… (The agony.)