Let’s talk minimalism | A big fucking purge

purge

I did it. I finally did it. I downsized from 3 closets to one. I still have a lot of clothing in storage, but I can only get access to them at the end of the year. But, I finally purged my clothes.

And let me tell you, what a scary, sad, embarrassing and exciting experience.

I followed the Konmari method by the book. And though I was sceptic at first, it really works. And I strongly recommend it for all the ladies that has the same problem I had.

I’ve purged clothes over the past few months, and got rid of bags and bags full of clothing, donating it, giving it to my friends, and or just leaving it outside for people to take, but my closets stayed full, there wasn’t space for anything. It was crazy, absolutely crazy.

So it was clear to me that I had a problem, I had obsessively bought way too much clothing, and I didn’t need it all. For months I’ve been taking photos of the outfits I wear daily, and looking back I only wear about 10% of the clothes in my closet. Insane.

So here’s what I did:

Prepping to do a real Konmari purge is extremely important, equally important as doing it all at once, not a little at a time. If you chuck one item a day, you will never get it done. Also, sort by category, not location. So don’t tackle your bedroom, and sort it, choose clothing, or electronics, etc. And focus on it.

I watched a butt-load of Konmari videos on YouTube to motivate me. I asked myself why did I want to do this? Why was it important to me to have less stuff? I did a self analysis, defining my personal style, and what I wanted my closet to look like. I created a mood board on Pinterest to define it better.

I created a colour pallet to base my closet on: Black, white, nudes, light pinks and grey.

THEN:

I took ALL of my clothing, every single item I owned (apart from storage) and put it in one place, this included jackets, pants, tops, swimwear, scarfs, pyjamas, etc.

This shocked my systems as it didn’t fit on my bed, so I had to move to the living room.

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Fucking embarrassing, I know.

Then, I started sorting it into piles: Pants, Jackets, Blouses, Hoodies, PJs, Scarfs, Gym clothes, Dresses, Tops, Tights.

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It looks like a mess, but there was piles. I promise 😀

And one pile at a time I picked up the item and asked myself: “Does this make me feel like a million bucks?” “Does it look like good quality?” “Does it suit my colour pallet?” “Does it spark joy?” “Does it add to my personal style?” “Do I have a double of this?” “Is it still in a good condition?”

If I answered no to any of those questions, I chucked it on the pile of things I threw out. The pile grew quickly, and after a few hours, it was way bigger than my ‘keep’ pile.

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The good-bye pile – midway

I asked my Mom to sit with me while I did this, so I wouldn’t cheat. Because it becomes easy to keep things, because no one is checking on you to make sure you are getting rid of stuff you really want to keep.

The hardest part was getting rid of things I used love, but wasn’t in a great condition anymore, or expensive things that still had tags on, that I wasn’t wearing, as well as clothing I wore on special days, like the top I wore when I got engaged, or the t-shirt I wore the day of my wedding etc. It was hard to get rid of big stuff, like jackets and boots. It was also difficult to get rid of stuff I really like, but that didn’t suit my personal style anymore, like bright coloured tops etc.

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He was loving it!

The next step was to hang the clothing back, so I took all my white hangers, and started hanging the clothing, one item on a hanger. You’re supposed to put them in a certain order in your closet, but I’m moving in a weeks time so I just put them back neatly, without sorting by color etc.

I had close to a 100 hangers left after the purge. And all of them had clothing, hung doubled on them before. I got rid of storage and I can now slide through the hangers, without everything being wedged in.

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I went quite fast, and it took me 4 hours. I know of people that took 8 hours. Bagged and ready to go!

What I’ve learned:

I owned a lot of clothing I didn’t even notice anymore.

I shouldn’t buy bright colours anymore.

I should try clothing on before buying it! A lot of stuff was thrown out because it was too big or too small.

We really don’t need so much clothes.

This morning when I got dressed, I was initially shocked to have such an empty cupboard, but when I was looking for something to wear, it was so exhilarating to know that I absolutely adored every single thing there. And it made me excited.

I feel relieved, and happy, and even though I felt sad and nostalgic when I purged, it doesn’t match this free feeling I feel now.

I’ll post a photo of the end result next week after we’ve moved in, because then I’ll sort it properly and hang it by color etc.

I’m excited to embark on this minimalist journey and live a happier life. It’s shocking to see how much stuff we accumulate for no particular reason. Especially women, especially clothing.

So I am selling my clothes I threw out. Please check Facebook to see the time and venue, and come have a look. You can also bring anything you threw out and sell it too! The rest I will donate to our local hospice.


 

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