Today I’ve got a great blog post from a real inspiration – Amy Corbin has just set up a new blog AmyCorbin.com and has thoughtfully shared her advice on having a stress free wardrobe.
I don’t know about you but I’m guilty of having way too many clothes, moving house in the next couple of weeks is going to kick me in to action of getting rid so this post comes at the right time!
Anyway, over to Amy…
I don’t know if it’s a girl thing, or if it’s just my thing…but I used to be literally obsessed with having loads of clothes.
The thought of not having lots of different outfit options was a scary one.
I know, it sounds ridiculous – right! But this obsession was making my life very complicated; I would spend about 2 days packing for a holiday, I would have to buy extra storage boxes to keep a winter wardrobe under my bed and it would take up to 2hrs and 4 outfit changes before I decided on what to wear before a night out, and yet I still didn’t feel good.
Then I considered what it would be like to own fewer clothes…
1. You would have more disposable income.
2. You would have more time to live your life.
3. Getting ready would be easy and stress-free.
4. You would be able to see everything you owned.
5. Packing for trips would be piece of cake.
6. Laundry days – you’d be wining!
So I decided to give this a go, and boy do I not regret it. I realised that I was buying into the lie that more is better, and every season I was accumulating more and more clothes.
I was convinced that new clothes would bring joy, happiness and confidence. This may last for 1-2 days, but what happens when you’ve worn that new top a few times?? Yup, you go back out there a buy another one, and so the cycle continues.
So here is my challenge for you…Why not try a different a route with your life. Try owning fewer clothes, you will be surprised how much joy and freedom it brings.
Here are some steps you can take to living a clutter free wardrobe.
1. Admit you own too many clothes. This is the biggest step of them all.
2. Wear fewer clothes. Most of us already have a favourite colour that compliments our skin tone best, why not only own clothes that make you look a million dollars.
3. Embrace the idea 5. 5 dresses, 5 jeans, 5 tops, 5 skirts – trust me this is more than enough for you to mix and match your perfect wardrobe. I now only own 40 items, that’s 330 items less than I use to own.
4. Remove your clothes. You need to get the clothes out of your house; donate, sell, discard, whatever you need to do just get them out. This is a tough one, my rule was if I hadn’t worn something in the last 5 months it was a goner.
5. Get over your shopping habit. For most of us, shopping is an addiction or habit. To begin breaking the cycle of shopping you need to go cold turkey for a while, I recommend 90 days of keeping that credit card in your wallet.
6. Set yourself a limit. You need to set yourself a monthly spending limit, pick a low number and stick to it.
7. Buy quality over quantity. Only buy clothes that are good quality, they’ll make you feel better than buying 50 £7 Primark dresses.
8. AVOID SALES! The are just plain dangerous.
Impress people with your character, not your clothes.
REMEMBER: “People won’t notice old clothes if you wear a big smile”
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