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Minimalism – Decluttering Wardrobe

I’m someone who is very, very sentimental toward my belongings. I even find it difficult to get rid of my nasty, cheap, old, stained, discoloured, holey T-shirt that does not fit me anymore, isn’t my style and that definitely does not make me feel confident when I wear it! Why? Because maybe I’ll find myself neglecting doing my laundry for a couple of weeks and find myself in need of an emergency back-up T-shirt. I mean, it’s not THAT nasty, and it’s still a functional T-shirt at the end of the day. Surely getting rid of that T-shirt would bring me sadness, regret and worry, right?

Do you relate to any degree… (Or is this just me?!?)

Well, consider yourself mind-blown, because getting rid of that T-shirt / (insert sentimental unneeded item here) will not make you sad. It will lighten a load off of your mind, and  make you feel a WHOLE lot better.

Why?

 

When you remove the crappy pieces from your wardrobe, you allow your amazing items to shine and in turn, allow yourself to shine. You deserve to always be wearing clothes that make you feel confident.

I’ve decided to practice what I preach, and take my first step to decluttering. I find that out of everything I own, old clothing items bring me the most stress and take away the most from my overall happiness, confidence and peace of mind – so I’ll be decluttering my clothes first. This will be an EXTREMELY difficult, stressful and time-consuming mission. I’ve hoarded so many clothing items just in case. But, you know what? I’m going to feel much more amazing, happy and peaceful afterwards, I just know it 🙂


5 STEPS TO DECLUTTER WARDROBE:

1. Begin by getting all clothing items and putting them in a pile. I just included items I’d try on in a changing room for this step, and will go through my jackets/shoes etc another time. I also have a lot of clothes in my dirty laundry pile, hanging up outside, some in the washing machine, new clothes bagged up that I haven’t blogged about yet etc that I have not included in this pile .

2. Next, separate everthing by its function. (E.g. bottoms, bras, swimming bottoms, dresses/playsuits, tops etc.)

3. Tackle each pile, one at a time. Sort each pile into 2 further piles – things you want / things you don’t want. If you’re having difficulty letting go, ask yourself “How does this item make me unhappy?” Doing that helped me to realize that a lot of my clothes cause me stress! Put all the “want” piles back in your closet.

4. Combine your ‘don’t want’ piles together – or you’ll end up with about 20 different piles! Sort your new ‘don’t want’ pile into clothes to chuck, clothes to sell and clothes to take to your local charity shop. If you have a textiles recycling bank nearby, replace your ‘clothes to chuck’ pile with a ‘clothes to recycle’ pile.

5. Bin anything that isn’t in good enough condition to take to the charity shop (or bag up to take to a textiles recycling bank.) Bag the stuff to be taken to the charity shop and be sure to take everything down there in the morning. Set the ‘clothes to be sold’ to the side so that they can be listed on ebay for people to purchase in the morning, when photos can be taken with natural daylight!


I personally have 52 items in my ‘clothes to be sold’ pile after decluttering!:

– 8 bras (1 sports bra, 2 bikini tops 5 bras)
– 1 swimwear bottoms (swimming trunks)
– 13 one-pieces (12 dresses, one playsuit)
– 12 tops (2 sweatshirts, 1 pajama top, 2 button-ups, 3 crop tops, 1 T-shirt, 3 tank tops)
– 18 bottoms (5 shorts, 1 skirt, 5 jeans, 4 leggings, 2 trousers, 1 dungaree shorts)

I know a lot of this stuff is more suitable to be sold during the summer but honestly, I just want them gone. If they don’t sell then I’ll keep relisting them at lower prices until they do!

Here’s how much I’d make from these items if sold for an average of…:

– £1 per item = £52
– £2 per item = £104
– £3 per item = £156
– £4 per item= £208
– £5 per item = £260

Not bad for just getting rid of some clutter if you ask me! I think I’ll probably try to sell everything on ebay as one bundle, and list it as ‘Collection Only’. Anyway, that’s to be done tomorrow!

I already feel a bit less stressed now from going through my clothes, and I’m sure after I’ve taken some bits to the charity shop and have listed everything on ebay tomorrow I’ll feel even happier 🙂


Are you in need of decluttering or have you decluttered recently? Feel free to leave any tips you have for hoarders like myself below! 

– Storm 

 

 

 

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Seven lessons I’ve learned this year – October blogging challenge #7

Okay, so I saw Lise’s post for this blogging challenge and decided to just do this challenge because it sounds fun. So, here it is!


Seven Lessons I’ve Learned This Year:

 

  1. I’ve learnt that your mental health comes first, always. When you have mental health problems, the times when you feel okay are unfortunately likely to just be a temporary spike in feeling positive, and it is still extremely important to keep your mental health in check by talking to a professional. It’s easy to feel like “I feel great right now, so there’s no point in me booking an appointment to see my doctor!” Don’t fall into this trap! Your mental health determines your perspective of literally EVERYTHING in your life. Taking control is priority.
  2. Cherish the people you love in your life, all good things must come to an end. If you have a partner, truly appreciate the amazing moments when you get to snuggle against his/her chest. If your parents are still around, appreciate that they are! If you have ANY friends, respect them and realise how lucky you are to have people that are there for you when you need them the most.
  3. BLOGGING helps encourage positive mental health, in my experience. When you’re feeling down, write a blog post to cheer yourself up! When you’re feeling like being productive but don’t have the energy to tackle any housework, write some blog posts! When you’re excited about something in your life and feel like you have nobody who would care enough to want you to share it with them, write a blog post about it and share it with your followers! You can literally blog about whatever you want to at the time, and it has definitely helped me out this year 🙂
  4. PERSISTENCE WORKS. I had to fly to a different country by myself when I was 19 years old in order to pursue an education. Four years later, and I am FINALLY studying on a bachelor degree in Astrophysics at my chosen University, which is all I wanted in the first place! It has taken me 4 years to get to this point and if it wasn’t for my persistence, I wouldn’t have come this far.
  5. It is actually important to try to do something eventful and memorable in your life as often as possible.. You know when you feel like “Where has the year gone…?” Yeah, well our perception of how long the day/week/month/year/life has been depends on how many milestones and eventful occasions we have experienced. So, somebody who makes sure to do something eventful and memorable everyday for a year would perceive that year as being longer than somebody who only did a handful of eventful things in that year. TRY to make everyday memorable – in any way possible!
  6. Start the day well – even on weekends. If you don’t get up early and full of energy, and if you don’t start your day with eating a good breakfast whilst checking your emails, a shower, getting dressed and throwing a load of laundry in the washing machine, you’ll just end up feeling sluggish all day and everything will feel 10x more difficult to get done. What you achieve in the first hour or two of your day really does make ALL the difference!
  7. Things don’t change all that much. If something about a person is bothering you, then they will still do that thing that bothers you 3 years on. If you have mental health problems, they don’t just disappear. They can calm down, but many of the symptoms will likely still be with you 3 years on. Working is difficult, studying is difficult, and it DOESN’T get easier with time. Accept the fact that many problems in life aren’t going to change much with time, and find ways to manage your problems rather than hoping they’ll just magically disappear.

– Storm

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