I have an embarrassing confession to make—I have too many clothes. And too many bags and shoes and jewellery.
From pants to night wear, I have them all. But most of all, I have a tonne of casual clothes accumulated over the years. Some chic things I bought during my trip to Spain last year (bags, belts, makeup):
Sometime last year, I told myself I couldn’t really buy any new clothes because I had no space for them on my cupboard. So shopping became an issue. I came back empty-handed from almost every trip to the mall. I’m not really a shopaholic and I don’t buy on impulse, so that didn’t bother me much. But I wanted the cute skirt and the feminine blouse once in a while. And most importantly, I wanted to be up-to-date.
How can fashionista be dress trendy if I have don’t have new clothes to experiment with?
So late 2011, I decided it was time for drastic measures. I had to change my approach to my wardrobe, my shopping, my fashion, my style, and life in general. And the bottomline was:
I needed to get rid of my old clothes and my old life.
And so the cleanup began. I have taken a pledge that’s something like:
- I will purge my wardrobe of all the “bad” and unnecessary clothes
- I will adopt a minimal approach to fashion, styling and my life.
- I will complete this by June 30, 2012.
While typing this, I feel that this does seem a bit self-absorbed – doing a cleanup because I want to be trendy. But it’s now become more than that. It’s about freeing myself from the mess I see everyday and freeing my mind from the “too much” in my life.
Call it declutter, call it taking the Zen approach, call it what you will. It’s ultimately a thorough cleanse of my life and I’m determined to achieve it.
So here’s what I will be doing in the next few months:
- Throwing or giving away clothes I don’t want or need
- Shop as less as possible (been kinda successful with this so far)
- Discovering what and how much I really need in my wardrobe (do I really need 15 tshirts, for instance?)
- Adopting a “system” to make my life clutter-free and minimalistic
- Blogging about my experiences and findings!
All I ask, dear readers, is encouragement, support and your tips.
Let the chic (and crazy) cleanup begin!