You probably already know what I’m talking about, otherwise the term is new to you. Either way, I’m sure you know the drill, because it’s all about tidying your closet. And the moment you should decide to take action is now. Why? Because I wish you to be happy, and I do so for myself as well. Do you believe that the clothes and items we so carefully stacked, that without wearing or using them, make us endlessly stressed? Marie Kondo, the author of the bestselling The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, is right: We have to get rid of excess and we all know that we, women, can be like hamsters, who keep putting things away “just in case”, unfortunately to our own disadvantage. Here is some advice for you about how to get started, and winter is the perfect season for it, because it gets dark outside fast, so you have time, of course you do, and the will as well, don’t you? I know how it is, you rather wouldn’t, but it has to be done. I am with you and I’m starting as well.
This is the key to decluttering, you have to start fresh, which means that first you have to get rid of everything (yes, everything) that is not linked to an emotion and leaves you indifferent. There will be a lot, a vast amount, really, so give clothing and items away, throw them out, get rid of them one way or another; the important thing is that you no longer have it in your home and you can start living again.
Less is more
It’s obvious, we have too many things we don’t use and have no need for. Keep that in mind the next time you go shopping, remember space is limited, and only buy the things that excite you and make sense in your life. When you make room in your closet, you’ve made room in your head, which makes you feel freer and happier. Roll up your sleeves and get started!
Throw it out all at once
The most difficult thing is to pluck up the courage, it really is. Don’t look back, take and throw out or recycle without a guilty conscience. Get your things circling again. It’s a matter of energy, which someone else can use, because you don’t need it anymore. Tidy up in categories, not rooms, so for example take all the books, pile them up and make the selection, whether you do it in the living room, bedroom or bathroom. Stay focused on the here and now, because oftentimes we give up simply because we start thinking about our next step too early, resulting in a mistake.
Prepare yourself mentally
Picture it in your mind: First you’ll get rid of the lingerie, followed by shoes, dresses, books, all the things you have no use for, old pans, plates, baby things. Prepare yourself to say goodbye, because you need this to happen. When you step in front of a closet, pick a point to pile up all the clothes you don’t need: First the pile, then the selection. Follow your instinct: Yes to this, no to that, no hesitation, no thinking over. What do you still wear? Which are the items you haven’t worn in years? You don’t need the latter, it’s old news. If you grab a piece that doesn’t excite you anymore, it’s time to let it go its own way.
A sore subject, I have a hundred lipsticks myself and I’m pretty sure I need all of them, even if I only use three, which is saying a lot. Why do I keep buying them? Probably, because they make me feel better and I feel happy at least for an hour…I know you feel the same. There are always wrong or unneccessary purchases and remember, makeup has a best before date, which I’m sure has long passed. Throw it out. When it’s time to travel and you’re packing your suitcase, everything will be faster, easier and more sensible, so trust me, you need to declutter now, because spring is around the corner and you will finally be able to breathe again. Even in your heart.
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