I try to keep a spick and span home – which is SO much easier now that I have oddles more space, in both square meters as well as storage space. That being said, I know one day we might live in a smaller place, so I’m always critically reviewing what we have. Here’s what I parted with on Friday:
As I took the day off on Friday (I only ‘earn’ one a month now, rather than one a fortnight), I spent most of the day shopping or window shopping. I bought a canvas print I’d admired in the thrift shop the week before. I also dropped some items off in the thrift store (and tossed some in the garbage – no one needs worn out clothing or grotty bathmats). What else did I buy? A box for bras to ‘sit’ on my ottoman, where they tend to linger. And a basket for a 40th gift 😉 And two running tops… and a headband for running. Oh yes! I was on a role.
In light of my consumerist moments, I came home and really weeded through my wardrobe. I drafted the most boring post listing all the tops I had, all the jackets etc etc. And then, looking at it, I started culling.
The upshot was 20 items for decluttering. Two will be copied and reinvented. Some will go to the trash. Some will go to the op shop. None are worth money, so I won’t try to sell anything. This is in addition to about 10 items of clothing I’ve given away this year. And there’s two pairs of running tights/leggings that are showing signs of their last legs.
In counter balance, I’ve bought 13 items in 2014, so that’s a nice counter balance. Although, I don’t track my other stuff as carefully, though there is a spreadsheet for that of course.
I’m pretty sure the decluttering is partly for me to mentally justify any further purchases this year. I really would like a teal top or two. One outbound teal top has been replaced by a more casual teal and navy stripe top. The incredibly thing is how many pieces of have given that I wear a uniform. Though it’s starting to seem like those days are numbered, so perhaps my ‘re’ cluttering will be expensive work wear.
Do you declutter to feel ok about buying more clothing, or do you truly believe you need less? How do you know when is ‘enough’ for work clothes, or basics (for example, I had 16 long sleeved t shirts for wearing under wooly/itchy stuff)?