Isobel Rose


Time to banish the 'just in case' sentiment from my wardrobe


I've always been a *tiny* bit of a hoarder; not so bad as to be featured on one of those TLC shows where they find dead cats buried under a shoulder-height pile of knitting magazines, but I'm definitely one to keep things 'just in case'. Luckily, moving around a lot means that I have had to be that bit more selective with my possessions, but as many of us know too well, you'll fill as much space as you have. 

Although I have my moments, I have gotten better at being more cutthroat with my knick knacks and paddy whacks (a fun saying for you there!) but it wasn't until the other day that I connected the dots and realised that I do exactly the same with my wardrobe. I've always known that I often keep clothes for the wrong reasons, and again, I have gotten better as the years have gone on, but I've never really connected it to the 'just in case attitude' I have in other areas of my life. IT ALL MAKES SO MUCH SENSE!

It’s worth mentioning that I am not switching to a full-blown capsule wardrobe because that just isn't for me. I think it's incredible that people can live happily with so few pieces, and although I respect their choice to do so, I know that I wouldn't be happy with the lack of options. I'm aiming to cut down - not work miracles

I found that compiling a little checklist or rules or aims (either in your head or written down) before had really helped me not to get overwhelmed when making those tougher decisions. Hopefully this will help you to make some cuts when you're having your next spring clean:

  • Try not to have too many duplicates of items you wear a lot - 2 or 3 is plenty.

  • If you haven't worn it in the last year, it needs to go.

  • If it doesn't fit, it needs to go.

  • If it has any holes in it, it needs to go.

  • If you can't think of at least 3 outfits that it would work in, it needs to go.

  • If you really can't decide, put it into a 'use or lose' pile that you have a month to decide about.

  • If you still can't decide then ask yourself why you want to keep the item. Is it sentimental? Have you not worn it as much as you should've? Identifying this might help you to make a final decision, whether it be to throw it away or store it elsewhere for memory's sake.

I like to then place all of the rejects (apart from the broken items) into a bag ready to go to the charity shop so that others can get use out of my less-than-loved items in the hopes of keeping them out of the landfill. 

I know that this is going to be an ongoing process that I'll have to work on when switching between seasonal wardrobes and just generally when I'm acquiring new pieces, but I'm glad I've started as I mean to go on and I shall hopefully be able to live a slightly more minimalistic life.

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