Deep down majority of us have hoarding tendencies no matter how big or small. Even after what feels like a big clear out or ‘Spring Clean’ there can still be old bits of junk hanging around because there is a memory attached to the item. Of course it’s nice to remember the memories that made us happy but is it really necessary to have unused and old things filling up shelves collecting dust, and in drawers taking up the space we need?
It’s easy to sit here and list off the reasons you’ve heard a million and one times about how a clear out means more room, less piles of things, and empty drawers. But why should I bore you? After all, the concept of spring cleaning was coined way before our Great Grandparents were Grandparents and before our Grandparents were parents. So by now it’s obvious what it means to us, but are we aware of what it can do for us? We recognise that there is often a certain level of attachment and nostalgia that we have towards our childhood teddies, favourite old trainers or tangled necklaces that tarnished years ago after only being worn 3 times. However, negative thoughts, feelings, and memories can also linger around our belongings.
When I finally stopped to have a long, hard look around at everything I owned I realised it wasn’t a case of rearranging things neatly into drawers and throwing out scruffy t-shirt and old pencils. It was time to clean up and clear out everything. That’s when I realised I was holding onto/keeping items that were having a negative impact on my mood every time I saw them. These things that were regularly surrounding me were ultimately beginning to define me. So considering I was keeping old and over worn shoes and clothes stuffed into drawers I had a burning feeling that nothing I owned was good enough to wear or display.
Turns out it’s better to have less things than lots of crappy things. So if you don’t love it, why would you keep it? And if you don’t want to wear a garment because it looks old, unclean, or unflattering then remove it from your space. Shoes that have worn down heels or soles need to go too. As do unused handbags that haven’t worn nicely, coats and jackets that are bobbling and collecting dust, books that were never finished because the storyline didn’t draw you in, and anything else that no longer serves you, grows you, or makes you happy. You should love or need everything you own.
WHERE TO START?
Drawers: If it doesn’t fit, don’t force it. There’s nothing worse that a drawer so full that it won’t close properly and there isn’t a bigger recipe for lost things that being at the bottom of the pile in said drawer. Keep it tidy with neatly folded pieces that are easily accessible. It is also a good idea to organise the drawer with either types of garment e.g. t-shirts, jeans, pyjamas, or by colour.
Shoes: Anything that has been over worn or is past it’s best, like mentioned above, heels that have been worn down from walking and flat shoes with worn out soles. Also any shoes that won’t be worn again due to a change in personal style can be donated. I think it’s important to feel comfortable in the shoes we wear because they determine whether we an walk for hours or only stand for a few minutes. Always assess if you would be happy to wear the shoes all day, to what occasion, and can you really walk in a heel that high?!
Wardrobe/Clothes Rail: Displaying your favourite things on a visible rail can really help with reminding you what you have that’s new, that you love, and that will keep you inspired with your outfits and fashion on a day to day basis. When you can see the pieces you have around you then you’re less likely to keep those things that are better off elsewhere. You can just pick out something you feel like wearing and base the whole outfit around that specific piece which can make styling easier, for example if you have a statement jacket you can just throw on a basic t-shirt and jeans and still look fancy and vice-versa with other statement pieces. Or mix prints and textures together because why the heck now?! Use your wardrobe as a place to really get to organising with garment types, colours, basic pieces, work wear and going out attire and organise your wardrobe so that the accessible items are seasonally appropriate.
Shelves: Do you really want to display these things on a shelf or did you just run out of cupboard space? If you just ran out of storage space and your shelves are full of clutter that is collecting dust then reassess your arrangements. Take down anything that doesn’t suit your taste any more like those old embarrassing pictures and maybe take a minimalist approach. A plant, a print, a candle, and a picture; the four basics.
Books: Nothing gathers dust like a bookshelf. They can look very classic and brilliant when organised neatly but over time can become over crowded and cluttered. I would suggest stocking your book shelf with the most aesthetically appealing books that suit the rest of the the rooms interior and store the others away in a cupboard. Or just donate the books that you didn’t enjoy and know you will not read again.
Extra Products: Including make-up, skincare, hair products, hair tools etc. This part is simple and just involves throwing away everything that is out of date, not up to expectation, or just not being used. Therefore leaving room for your most beloved and most used products and giving space to try new things out as well.