The decluttering lifestyle is trending, but what are we clearing up so much space for? As Marie Kondo, #1 New York Times best-selling author mentioned in her book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up,
"The question of what you want to own is actually the question of how you want to live your life."
And we agree. It makes sense that a clutter-free space has a domino effect on personal well-being. Item by item, it is slowly but surely allowing you to see clearer and feel better. Literally, and figuratively. We begin with the wardrobe.
Maybe you love denim, and denim on denim, but when you have eight similar pieces hanging in your wardrobe, that's just too many. Chances are there's going to be one or two that you wear more often. Keep those; lose the rest. And invest in timeless, versatile pieces that can be worn in different ways.
If it’s been sitting in your wardrobe for months and you haven’t worn it, you probably never will. Give your BNWT (brand-new-with-tag) clothes a chance to be loved by someone else. H&M's 'Bring It' campaign encourages customers to drop their unwanted garments into recycling receptacles - head over to ION Orchard and Tampines Mall with your loot.
And the 100-day rule applies not just to your clothes. It can be any piece of ornament that has been in your home for purely sentimental reasons, totally overstaying its welcome. Perhaps it's time to move on.
Hanging on to clothes too big because they make good sleepwear, or clothes too small because “maybe one day I’ll be able to wear them again” doesn’t cut it. So lose them. What you want are clothes that fit and flatter you, here and now. A well-tailored outfit can take you from the office to an evening out - these are the pieces you should invest in.
Start looking into the fabric. Organic cotton is softer on your skin and silkier, it usually gives you a better piece of garment. Understand the care label and learn how to make your key pieces last longer. Lay your sweaters out to dry flat and sun your jeans in between wears, wash them only once every few months.
Distressed jeans are great for that effortless look. Misshapen tees, stretched collars and stained clothes? Not so great. You’ve loved them to death, now let them rest.
With your wardrobe purged, it's time for stage two - everything else. Marie Kondo's popular decluttering method includes a checklist to help you along, download apps like KonMari and start keeping only things that spark joy.