You know when an idea or concept gets lodged in your brain and the only thing you want to do is implement that idea?
That happened to me this week x2.
After last week’s post, I couldn’t get the concept of the capsule wardrobe out of my head. I am a huge fan of purging my closet and letting go of the things that no longer serve me. The problem is, I tend to refill the closet with other things to take their place.
I go shopping. I go to clothing swaps. I cram my closet full of new (to me) things.
I shop because I need a break.
I grab things because they’re a really good deal (or free, in the case of the clothing swap) and not because I need or want them.
I purge and replenish over and over again.
This time, I took a different approach.
I took an honest look at what’s in my closet and kept only the things that I absolutely love and feel great in.
I held my clothes and got a sense of what energy they left behind. I was surprised by the results. I had clothing that made me feel guilty, annoyed, and lackluster. And I had clothing that made me feel gorgeous and strong.
At the end of the assessment, I let go of about 3 large garbage bags worth of clothing, sleepwear, sweats, and accessories. I also took 3 pieces that I love but hadn’t been wearing to the tailor so that I could start wearing and enjoying them soon.
I ended up with about 50 pieces in my closet. With 5-10 pieces (sweaters and cords) in a bin for fall and winter, and a few jackets hanging up with my other coats.
Now when I look in my closet, I feel light and excited; I cannot wait to get in there and pick out an outfit for the day.
I also noticed a few things:
- I am totally crushing on turquoise.
- I really like patterns and am wearing more of them than ever before.
- I can seriously envision how every piece goes together.
- I seriously only wore 1/3 of the things in my closet.
My goal: to fight the urge to go shopping or replenish the closet so it feels full again.
I’ve already caught myself dreaming about shoes and jean shorts. Or even wishing that I kept a pair of jeans so that I could cut them up and repurpose them.
The truth is, I have more than enough.
I don’t need anything else.
There are no gaps to fill… in the closet.
Where in your life could you stand to purge a few garbage bags of stuff?
It could be physical like a cleaning out a closet or desk.
It could be electronic like unfollowing or hiding people on social media that bring you down. Or even cleaning out your inbox.
It could even be an emotional purge via journaling and forgiveness work (that’s a favorite of mine).
Let me know what you choose to do, and I’d be happy to help keep you accountable.
P.S.—That other thing that I just had to implement? A new blog design and logo. Turns out purging my closet freed up a lot of creativity energy and decision making ability.