A Tidy Mind

by Fluffleberry on December 8, 2010

I have been reading the book “The Happiness Project” by Gretchen Rubin and she writes that “outer order leads to inner calm”. I followed the instructions in the first chapter of her book and de-cluttered my home room by room.

In my own happiness project I have found that de-cluttering my wardrobe has led to the greatest sense of wellbeing. If you want to create happy fashion vibes in your life here are a few tips to get you clean and serene for 2011…

First be rigorously honest and be ruthless! There is little point in proceeding if you can’t.

Second remember what William Morris wrote “have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” This is a fantastic de-cluttering mantra however, in wardrobe terms this means GET RID OF IT IF YOU ARE NOT GOING TO WEAR IT, EXCEPT WHEN THE ITEM IS SO BEAUTIFUL AND VALUABLE THAT YOU INTEND TO KEEP IT AS A COLLECTIBLE.

Right let’s get to it. Throw open all your draws and cupboards and pull everything out, this will give you the opportunity to hoover and clean your storage space which is a great way to get rid of any dirt and moth eggs. Create one pile for your friend, one pile for the local charity shop and one pile for the bin (yes, even charity shops don’t want your old pants with the holes in them). Once you have been through everything you might be left with very little. Don’t let this freak you out, it is so much easier to have a wardrobe with a few fabulous pieces than one that is full of hoarded mediocrity. If you are struggling to throw things onto any of your piles you may be tired? I have found that my ability to be ruthless wains as I tire so it is sometimes a good idea to do this in stages.

The next port of call is the washing machine and your local dry cleaner (always read the label). It is important to lovingly take care of your things and keep your clothes in a clean condition as this will extend their life and kill any moths that are thinking of eating your clothes. For your collectible items ask your dry cleaner to pack and protect.

When you have done this put in some anti moth devices from total wardrobe care and chuck in some lovely lavender bags (Libertys?).  Now you are ready to place things back into your draws and cupboards neatly and in an order that you think will work for you personally. For example the clothes you use the most should be the most easily accessible. I tend to separate things out into categories, for example vests, t-shirts, long sleeved shirts but some women like to categorise by function for example in my sisters wardrobe she has a “work” section in which I have helped her to create a capsule work wardrobe for mornings when she hasn’t much time. Just because you are time poor does not mean you can’t put together a great look for the office!

Remember to apply the de-cluttering process to your accessories and shoes. Also, a good tip is to keep your shoes in their original boxes with the receipts as this will help them to retain their value and will keep them dust free and gorgeous.

Once you have finished you will feel so much happier, it will be easier to get dressed and you will have more room for new purchases (such as these lovely little Givenchy booties)!!! Yippee!!!

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