When I first arrived back in Australia in Nov 2013 after living and working abroad I decided to do a rather overwhelming clean out. I spent days sorting through clothes, books, papers and ended up with something that didn’t resemble anything like the minimalistic lifestyle I wished to be embarking on. I imagined that I would have a small but useful wardrobe. Books would be pared down to those I loved and wanted to keep, my paperwork would be a sleek, professional efficient system that I could find exactly what I needed in a second.
My mission failed!
Instead what I ended up with was a pared down wardrobe that didn’t have anything I wanted to wear and a box of paperwork tucked under my bed but certainly not organised! In fact if I am brutally honest I was behind in all my paperwork so I basically just hid from it. A year later my wardrobe was overrun and nothing was what I would call my style. I felt cluttered in my mind and in my world. My creativity was being crushed and I began to feel less like writing and doing anything that related to my creative side.
Note during this period I did train for and complete an Ironman triathlon but when it came to the rest of my personal life it was a little less than fantastic!
So what got me back on the declutter the mind mindset! Life Coaching! During the process of my coaching sessions I was able to see that because my space was cluttered my mind was cluttered. I couldn’t see a way forward for the hundreds of items blocking up the creative airways or to be frank, the floor of my bedroom.
Enter a book! Marie Kondo’s “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying”. Thanks to a recommendation of a friend after bleating on Facebook about feeling overwhelmed by my stuff I began reading Marie’s book with an intensity I hadn’t felt in years! The KonMari Method seemed so drastic yet also very simple. If something doesn’t bring you joy get rid of it! Such a simple message yet over the days that followed it became harder and harder to do!
I love this, oh that I brought in Nepal, this reminds me of a fabulous holiday with my mother and brother. So many reasons not to get rid of ‘things’ and I realised that was my old self cluttering up my airways before I had even finished. Slowly I worked through most of my stuff and as I did the creativity channels opened up. I ended up keeping a note book handy so I could jot down ideas as I continued to work though my belongings.
Has the processed finished? No!
Just as I was really getting into the swing of things I had to return to work. The process of decluttering had caused me to look at my entire world and this lead me to something else! I began considering capsule wardrobes. Having only a certain number of clothes that made up the framework of a stylish, French inspired wardrobe that would mean when I opened the cupboard I would instantly have clothes that I knew suited me and could be either dressed up or down.
Enter Caroline from Un-Fancy. Her wardrobe capsules are 37 pieces in which some are carried over from season to season and don’t include underwear, loungewear and fitness clothes (that is a very good thing for an endurance athlete because I literally have swim, bike, run and gym clothes for all seasons and weather conditions!). Her style is very much how I’d like to look albeit she actually pulls it off!
I was devouring her past blogs and realised this was the simplistic and minimalistic wardrobe I had been craving!
Just as I was fully immersing myself in creating a capsule fit for me, Caroline posted a blog that explained she would be taking time away from the blog. My heart stopped, like actually for a split second stopped and I was almost pissed off that I finally found something that appealed to my clothing persona and it was being taken away from me all too quickly. Thankfully she isn’t deleting her blog so I can go back and refer to different things and not being a fashionista I will need this access!
I’ve now returned home and the KonMari Method has ensured my room is still decluttered and my creative space is in full swing! The wardrobe still needs a little bit of work but I can clearly see my style is finally coming to life! It shall be interesting to see what comes next!
Tell me your decluttering tips!