Not so long ago I wrote a longer post about keeping wardrobes tidy and it wasn’t a coincidence. Few weeks ago something has started and it’s on the go since then. I’m not sure why but I have this urge to sell everything what I don’t use/wear so much, even though I still like it and few weeks ago I wouldn’t think about getting rid of it.
The question – which sounds like this: How much clothes (and shoes, bags, etc.) we really need? – struck once again. No, it wasn’t my experience…
Interestingly enough I like moving. Let me rephrase that. I happen to think moving can be useful. Why? Yes, sometimes it’s just a big pain in the a.s, but think about this: you have the perfect occasion to account your material life. There are a lot of things which we keep sinking in the back of the drawer, saying they might be useful someday. Of course after a week or two you don’t even remember this happened and the back of the drawer is getting full with garbage.
Moving out from Hungary to Ireland. My Clothes waiting for assorting. And the boxes – which we was moving with – full with stuff.
I can say we moved a lot so far, every two years or so and packing is always my duty so I’m kind of an expert in assorting and selling stuff. But there was time when I had to cheat. Before we moved abroad the first time, over a year ago, we had had an almost complete life with everything what we needed and more. It was clear that we couldn’t bring everything with us, moreover, we had to cut the list as short as it was possible. So we sold a lot of stuff but there was a lot more which we couldn’t bring with us so we left it with our parents with the intention that some day we’ll bring it or toss it.
Our apartment back in Budapest. You can see the grey travel bag which I moved out with.
It was the same case like filling up the drawer, except we couldn’t feel the back of the drawer is full. As I said before I kept more or less in mind how many clothes I have. But I never ever calculated with those clothes in Hungary. Until this February when we travelled home to take care of some business. I brought most of my clothes back (our suitcase got full of them) and in the beginning I was happy I have more ‘new’ things than maybe ever. But this feeling faded quickly and I had to realize that if I left those things back once, I don’t really need them anymore.
Moving out from Ireland to the UK. Mushu was helping me to assort and pack. We arrived to London with a bigger suitcase and two smaller travel bags.
But there are other things too. At this moment I can feel myself strong enough to give away everything what I didn’t use us much as I wanted or as I thought I would. Because clearly, I don’t need/use 8 pairs of boots (especially in summer) and 6 pairs of sneakers, and I know myself, I know next fall I’ll buy new things (probably boots) too.
Decluttering few weeks ago and now. I sold some of the things already but I have many more.
So decluttering had stared all over again and I’ll upload a lot of stuff again. And it feels good. Not just because of the money but because it feels I have the control and this somehow makes me free.Will I buy more clothes after this? Yes, definitely. Why? Because I like experimenting and I hate the feeling when I miss something because I was hesitating too much. And of course the balance will stay for a while, maybe until next fall (I love fall :)), when it’ll start over again.
Do you declutter all the time? Or just occasionally or not at at all?
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