For most of us decluttering is an ongoing process. Most of us have accumulated so much stuff that it just cannot be excised in a flash. There is also a psychological and emotional element. Much as we want to let go it is hard, or at least it is at first. Believe me, it becomes much, much easier with time.
This is the latest wardrobe cull. Six months ago I could never have believed I would be getting rid of these items, but I have learned that I don’t wear them. I don’t wear them because I don’t know they are there, I don’t wear them because either they don’t feel right, or my lifestyle no longer needs them. And therefore I don’t need them either.
This afternoon I am going through the t-shirts and accessories and then tomorrow I will do a new inventory. It has not been all one way. I have bought clothes. The clothes I have bought have all been similar in style, cotton jersey/bamboo/linen and very relaxed and easy to wear. Easy mix and match and easy to layer. I have noticed a general trend towards similar colours and no patterns on my main items, using scarves and jewellery to add colour.
My next step is to start making my own clothes using ethically sourced natural fabrics. I have made up a few toiles and am waiting for the first fabrics to arrive. I’m no great seamstress, so it is fortunate I don’t need to wear a fully fitted suit every day. But fortunately I can make the kind of simple clothes I do like to wear, and like the food I make or grow myself I know where it has come from and how it was made.