On Jan 13 I had shared how my family and I have consciously taken the decision of de-cluttering the house. Well, it has been a little far from a 2 months journey and let me tell you all, IT IS HARD! It is so hard to let go of things that do not serve any purpose. It is just like a bad romance!
My biggest and the most challenging target was to de-clutter my closet. I mean, what can I say; I love to dress up, experiment and create looks. I am not a trendy person but I do shop the latest to create looks with the older items. I thought I will take up the challenge much later and that I would start with smaller goals. Something told me it’s high time already……..
After 2 days and 2 closets full of at least 15 years of shop till you drop irrationality, I came to the conclusion that the clothes were still fine. I mean I have reasons for it. Not that I was not able to let it all go, but I am petite. I can still fit into my high school clothes which are going to be 2 decades old in a year (stop counting my age and keep on reading!) And I literally took care of my closet all these years. So there was not a question that I could simply throw away the clothes. Plus, it was such an embarrassing moment when I found out clothes with price tags on, in mint conditions and I completely forgot about them! Not exaggerating but it was definitely shameful.
So while I have my Rebecca Bloomwood moment (minus the part where she went bankrupt), here I have got a series of lost and found totally new clothes which are at least 6 years old. The one with the round collar is 9 years old.
In India thrifting do not exactly happen how it is done in the Western countries. Rather, the ungrateful fortunate ones like me donate our clothes to the various NGOs or even the Gypsies who trade utensils with such giveaways (I will write about them in a few days; the OG Gypsies). So after a week long donation work after my office, my closet is finally reduced to what you can refer to a closet that will keep me covered for; I’m guessing 5 years from now!
But apart from the cynicism and sarcasm attack on myself, it has been an eye opening 2 months of planning and a consistent push to keep things simple and purposeful. It was a huge step but now when I look back, I feel it is possible to create a better place for yourself to live. It is all in our control.