Archive | March 30, 2013

The Great Wardrobe Diet continues

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Three months ago I set my New Year’s resolutions (See here.) The resolutions included decluttering one item a day and not buying any clothes. Both of which I have achieved.

So a big pat on the back. Three months in and I haven’t bought any clothes, underwear, jewellery, shoes, accessories.

Dieting means less in and more out. So as well as not buying clothes, I have been decluttering and getting clothes out as part of the one thing decluttered each day.

The result means my clothes are more organised, they hang more nicely, and thus will crease less and have less chance of being ruined from rubbing and catching on clips and zippers. I can also see what I have, allowing me to wear clothes I like (and embarrassingly remember what I own). (And I am getting quite pleased at how my wardrobes are beginning to look. I keep glancing at one. The clothes are actually hanging!!!)

I have also been “shopping my wardrobe”. This is looking at what I have and combining clothes for new outfits and wearing clothes that haven’t been worn for many a year. It means dealing with the feeling of wanting the new, the novel. I still get comments, indeed when wearing things that haven’t been worn for years, some people have said, “I thought you weren’t buying this year.” Showing that what’s not new to me, is new to others.

Today’s decluttered item = a shirt. Nothing wrong with this shirt. It is a very nice shirt. Good material, good cut. It does the job a shirt should do. But I don’t wear it. It is just not me. And I have one in pink. So if I might wear this style, I still have one. So I don’t need two taking up valuable real estate in my wardrobe.

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Still on track

Just dropping in to say I am doing well – both in tracking my sleep and not falling asleep in the lounge.

When the week is up, ie on Monday morning, I will post my sleep diary. Two sleeps to go but I have to say I’m quite chuffed with myself. I think I have achieved my March goal.

Today’s decluttered item = craft scissors. I know I decluttered 7 items on my last post to last me the week, but I just decluttered these. I gave them to my niece who is still at primary school, so hopefully they will be of some use or fun. Remember, while decluttering I am trying to avoid adding to landfill.

I read a good piece of info somewhere (can’t remember where, sorry). It said to start decluttering with your storage areas, because if they are cluttered, you will have nowhere to put your “stuff”. I have already posted about how my clothes used to fall out of my cupboards onto me when I was trying to find a particular item. I also have a “junk room” with piles of stuff (most of it Mr Sans I might add). There is no where to put this stuff because we are the reverse of Mrs Hubbard; our cupboards are over full.

Start decluttering the stuff in your cupboards, wardrobes and drawers, so you can find the right place for other stuff, stuff you want to keep. Don’t just leave things in storage with a case of out of sight, out of mind. These scissors have been in the filing cabinet drawer with other stationery for over 6 years, used maybe once or twice in this time. These are the type of thing you forget you own and reason that as they take up so little room, they may as well stay. After all, look at all the stuff on the floor. Mmmm! But as I clear space in my storage areas, I will have space to organise and pack away the things on the floor I want to keep.

My goal of an organised life cannot be achieved if I have over-full, cluttered, disorganised storage areas. One thing a day will get me to my goal.

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