Recently I watched a documentary that reshaped the way I looked at material objects and money. I wrote about Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things in a past post [view here] and discussed what minimalism means to me and how I want to implement it in my own life. The first thing I thought appropriate to do was purge my closet and dresser of all the unnecessary crap I had stored in them for a hypothetic day in the future when I’ll finally shove myself in that mustard crop top or into those way too tight green pants that never felt comfortable but looked great.
I first started with pants as I am very picky about the bottoms I wear. Usually, it’s black denim, but occasionally there are a few blues and a pop of burgundy. Then the sweaters (which I had way too many of, even for Canada’s weather). Then the shirts and tanks that I thought necessary for wearing as layers or for dressier office days. And then finally the bras and underwear that I had been hoarding like I’d never be able to by another set again. Most of the underwear I owned I never wore, especially anything lacy. As I sifted through my drawers that I had jam packed with unnecessary things and rifled through my closet with dresses I had barely worn, I knew that a change needed to be made, if only for my own sanity.
It felt like I was drowning in objects that I felt too bad to get rid of or held too much sentimental value. But as the documentary had taught me, objects are not what hold sentimental value, it’s the memories attached to them. So, now I have two giant bags full of clothes and accessories I will be donating and my wardrobe has felt a release like when you unbutton your pants after too much food at Christmas. It’s bizarre how empty it looks now, but I undoubtedly feel better and know that everything I’ve kept are things I actually enjoy having, not what I think I should have to attain a style I don’t feel comfortable in.
If you are trying to justify purging your closet just as I was, then I’ve outlined a few points below of what finally convinced me to do it. Of course, it takes a bit of will power to say goodbye to nice pieces, but your life will feel less cluttered and more purposeful when you are finally surrounded by things that give you value rather than things meant to fill empty space.
1) I felt overwhelmed by “stuff” rather than belongings. The “stuff” just became a burden rather than an enhancement to my life.
2) Even thought I liked the clothes and products I owned, I wasn’t really using most of it. It just sat decoratively in my closet or on my dresser as a ‘someday’ product. Someday it will come in handy. Someday.
3) I had many things that I genuinely did not like, yet kept anyway. I felt bad getting rid of them, but I felt worse every time I wore them.
4) I wanted to make more space both in my closet and dresser as well as my life. My mind felt cloudy looking at what I owned and not really knowing what was there. When did I buy that? Why would I buy that?
5) A lot of the makeup I had sitting pretty on my dresser was expired because I had barely used it. I knew that a clean out was needed to weed out what products I truly liked and which ones I bought based on hype.