Cleanse your wardrobe. Cleanse your wellbeing

Cleanse your wardrobe. Cleanse your wellbeing

The state of your well-being is linked to the state of your wardrobe. Think about it, when things get busy and out of control, the chaos makes its way into the spaces you live in. Work has been nonstop busy, you haven’t exercised in weeks, you’re using that old shampoo that makes your hair limp because you just haven’t had time to go to the salon. The products in your bathroom are suddenly without lids. Your shoes are tossed into the bottom of your cupboard, laces still tied. You can’t find your favourite grey jersey although you’re sure you’ve looked everywhere. It could be at the bottom of the laundry basket, you guess. Notice how chaos spills over from area into another? Take a breath.

We’re going to help you untangle the chaos that has made its way into your wardrobe. And by focus, we mean address. With 6 simple but life changing tips to cleanse your wardrobe, from none other than the Japanese organising consultant Marie Kondo’s, who wrote the best selling little turquoise book: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing.

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Tip 1. Break the chaos down into smaller, more manageable tasks.

Rather than setting out to re-organise your entire wardrobe which sounds like a massive overwhelming task that anyone would want to put off, set out to re-organise one category at a time. For example, your underwear drawer. Now that’s manageable. And when you’re done with your underwear drawer, you can move onto your socks. Breaking down one daunting task into many smaller tasks really does make light work.

Tip 2. Don’t let nostalgia take you down with it.

Think of nostalgia as the devil on your shoulder that doesn’t want the best for you. Except this devil is dressed in beautiful soft focus memories like the flashback scenes from Days of our Lives. DO NOT fall for nostalgia’s tricks. You do NOT need to hold onto your old ballet shoes. Old ballet shoes are just old ballet shoes. The memory can live on without them.

Tip 3. Joy is the acid test.

If the item doesn’t give you joy, it goes. That simple.

Tip 4. Containers, containers, containers.

For smaller items like underwear, socks, handbags and belts, a container is an absolute must. It is these items that generally kick off the chaos in your cupboard when grabbed in a hurry. By keeping them in a box, you contain the chaos. Literally.  Please note that you do NOT need to purchase expensive wardrobe separating containers, an old shoe box will do just fine. In fact, it’s perfect.

Tip 5. Fall in love with dressing again.

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Once you’ve organised your wardrobe, dressing in the morning will be a ritual you look forward to. Rather than a task that kicks your day off to a bad start, dressing will become a bit of play in your morning, as you visually pair the items that are now visible to the eye. The knock-on effect this has on your day, will amaze you.

Tip 6. Identify the gaps.

Now that you’ve gotten rid of all the cupboard filler you don’t wear, you can easily and clearly identify the gaps in your wardrobe. “Hmmm, I don’t own a quality black jersey.” This makes your trips to the mall, intentional and fulfilling. Because rather than fulfilling your need to buy something new just because you “haven’t bought anything in ages”, you’re fulfilling a real need in your wardrobe.

Next category? All the unused and expired products in your bathroom! Same approach, different room or drawer! Good luck!

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