This topic may be frivolous on some level, a bit tongue in cheek (considering I just wrote my 2018 Wishlist!) and certainly is a First World problem, but I think it’s worth sharing.
Before I delve into it, let’s define ‘overwhelming’, per the Dictionary:
Bury or drown beneath a huge mass.
Oooh, that’s a good one!
I’m happy to admit that I LOVE fashion…bags, shoes, clothes, accessories, makeup, skincare, haircare…you know the drill.
Like many women, I enjoy acquiring and using, all of these things. It’s fun and creates an opportunity to express individual style.
However, buried, is exactly how I feel when I look at bundles of clothes and shoes in my closet and a graveyard of beauty products in my vanity drawers!
So Now What?
If it costs you your peace, it’s too expensive
Well, first of all, I manifested all these things, and feelings, through my choices about where I put my time, money and attention.
- Ordered lots online, all the packages turned up the same day and there’s now a mountain of empty packaging to dispose of
- Went on a shopping sprees and then realized I bought too much, as I emptied the car
- Watched lots of my fave YouTubers ‘hauls’ and ‘monthly favorites’ videos [without judgement about them, each to their own]I mentally could imagine the stuff piling up in my closet
It takes a lot of time, energy and money to acquire ‘stuff’ and even more to sell or donate it, too.
I already did a clear out only a few months ago and since then, more has creeped in to my closet, than gone out.
Less Is More
One of my best friends in Scotland is extremely disciplined about how she keeps her closet tidy.
She has a strict rule, one thing in, one thing out. Must say I admire her commitment and diligence to this, and she definitely sticks to it.
There’s a gift in everything. Following my friend’s practice and paying heed to Ms. Vivienne Westwood’s quote, I’m going to:
- Clean out my closet, again
- Take an inventory of my basics, favorites and color pallette
- Stop buying dupes and multiples
- Stick to quality vs quantity for my purchases
Not just ready for the ‘one thing in, one thing out’ closet commitment just yet, but I’m getting there. Shoes would be my biggest challenge, for sure. Toiletries and makeup, I can easily do.
Anyhoo, my goal is to feel “overwhelmed with joy” when I walk in my closet and open my vanity drawers. It’s all up to me.
Are you with me on this? Would love to hear what you think and feel about closet overwhelm.
Glow with the flow,