SELF-CARE ACT#11

declutter my wardrobe – 1/2

CATEGORY

Psychological

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TIME

1-2 days

BUDGET

Zero

Ok. Let’s start with the end. This Self-Care Act collapsed after the first 30 minutes. Here is the whole story.

I decided to get rid of the excess clothes in my closets after watching a movie, “Minimalism: a documentary about the essential things”. Starring two friends who created a growing minimalist movement, it shows how owning very few items can improve your life. I’ve been wanting to do this for a long time and this documentary acted as a trigger.

Yes, it was high time I did something about that too many clothes in my closets…. Hence, Self-Care Act#11.

Before I started, there were two boxes full of clothes, one dresser and a closet. After I sorted things out….well, there are still two boxes, one dresser and a closet. And a small plastic bag with two pairs of socks, two belts, two sweaters….and other highly valuable items i decided to let go…

Why was this experience such a mess? Because I wasn’t properly prepared. I didn’t measure how hard it is to sort things out.

Before going back to my homework and reading about the topic (which I’ll share with you when I’m ready for attempt#2), I have a couple questions for you.

WHAT CAN I DO WITH THE FOLLOWING ITEMS:

1. New pieces of clothing I’ve never worn (or just once) and about which my opinion is not set yet (but I have the inner feeling that there not exactly my style…)
2. Clothes that belonged to my mom, God bless her soul, which I’m never going to wear but I just can’t let go
3. Fancy stuff that I wear once a year
4. Things that remind me of special and happy moments: the pajama I was wearing after my daughter’s birth, the jeans I used to put on when I went camping in my twenties and tons of other items.
5. Gifts from people I love and cherish but whose tastes are different from mine.

And there is one extra question for my Moroccan friends who live abroad, like me:
6. What do you do with your Moroccan Kaftans (traditional gowns)?

TIME TO SHOW YOUR SUPPORT MY FRIENDS and help me sort this question (and the content of my closets) out. Please share your knowledge with us. Love to all and thanks.

 

 

WHY IS IT SELF-CARE?             “If one’s life is simple, contentment has to come. Simplicity is extremely important for happiness. Having few desires, feeling satisfied with what you have, is very vital: satisfaction with just enough food, clothing, and shelter to protect yourself from the elements.”                The Dalai Lama

MORE ABOUT THIS

If you want this self-care act to be a success, you need to be prepared.

Before starting, know that getting rid of clothes is hard especially if, like me, you give them sentimental value. 

I’m still learning on the topic before trying the experiment again and so far, here are a couple websites I highly recommend:

theminimalists.com. Listen to their excellent podcast on clothing to get ready, #56 here

–  Project 333, AKA the capsule wardrobe. It’s the story of a woman who uses 33 clothing items for 3 months. Click here for more.

– The KonMari method, a very famous japanese method on how to declutter and organize your home and your life. Click here for more.

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