Christmas Cleanse

"Here lies Elvira....she was swamped by clothing"

"Here lies Elvira....she was swamped by clothing"

The end of the year is fast approaching and so I've decided to have a bit of a clearout of my wardrobe, an activity I dread doing as I'm a bit of a hoarder when it comes to clothes. My problem isn't so much that I buy lots of stuff anymore; as I've gotten older I've become more selective about shopping, asking myself "do I need it, does it suit my body shape and is it my style" rather than being so seduced by the current trends. This wasn't always the case and as such I've accumulated soooo much stuff! Like, all my clothes do not fit into my drawers! I find piles all over my flat. My problem is that I jusr can't get rid...I always think I might wear this outfit in the future (regardless of the fact that I haven't worn it in like 4 years) or I feel attached to pieces that someone bought for me or I wore during a certain period in my life (I swear I still have clothes from when I was 14). I also never want to get rid of items I've never worn, items I've bought on a spontaneous whim when trying to change up my style which never happened. I just feel it's money down the drain if I get rid so I simply continue to hoard. 

But the thing is, it all stresses me out! I really wish I could live a minimalist life but I just hold on to so much stuff! And of course I love clothes and have always envisaged myself having a Mariah Carey-esque walk-in wardrobe! Some of my housemates at uni never filled out their wardrobes and I remember being so shocked seeing that, comparing it to my room where my wardrobe was bursting at the seams. As such I've decided to have a cull and have come up with a handy way of getting rid of stuff. My new rule is that if I haven't worn it in a year, it goes!!! It's quite good actually because it covers all seasons and so all clothing. Now I've tried this technique in the past and haven't been so strict with myself so this time I tried a little experiment....just putting everything I haven't worn in a year on the bed and seeing the extent of the damage. I was amazed at little I actually wear!! And then from there I was able to get rid of most, while obviously making compromises for some (c'mon, a fashion blogger has to have stuff otherwise this might be a very boring fashion blog!!).

I'm so much happier now as I've gotten rid of 3 bin bags worth of clothes and everything (nearly) fits in my wardrobe. There is still a lot more stuff I can get rid of but we shall take baby steps! And I get to give all the stuff to charity, some of it is quite nice so I'm hoping someone else will get a Christmas present they'll actually use instead of it just taking up unncessary space in my cupboard and mind. See, spirit of giving right there people! I encourage you all to do the same...clearer wardrobe, clearer mind and ready for the new year! Plus, more space means newer things can go in ;) xo