De-cluttering to shop?

2017-11-26 Shop

I was talking to a friend during the week, who said she would spend this weekend getting her winter clothes down from the attic and packing all her lighter clothes up – de-cluttering as she went.

I was impressed she had lasted this long with only light clothes – but still!

She then said, her favourite part of de-cluttering was that it gave her ‘permission to shop’.

I’ve been there!

I’ve de-cluttered bags of stuff that didn’t fit or didn’t suit and then heard the siren song of the shops. It wasn’t even the desire to shop in itself – it was the feeling that now I had cleared space, I could at last find the perfect items. I could replace the disappointing clothes with ones that were flawless, thus finally achieving the ideal wardrobe to complement my fantasy life!

Spoiler alert: These clothes don’t exist!

Now, I’m not talking about reviewing your clothes and spotting gaps. That seems to me to be a mindful approach. But not eagerly filling up the empty spaces with more unsatisfactory, interim pieces – and so the cycle of de-clutter – shop – de-clutter – shop – continues.

However, this process has become easier for me now. I’m a lot fussier about what I buy. I thought having fewer pieces in my wardrobe would lead me to shop more but if I don’t find what I’m looking for, I have no anxiety about leaving empty-handed. That would have been unthinkable once. I would have felt I had wasted a day and would have purchased something, anything, to justify my time.

2017-11-25 HangerBut now, the wrong item is worse than no item.

An empty hanger is better than an item that causes me guilt, worry and buyer’s remorse.

Anyone else ever been tempted down the ‘de-cluttering to shop’ rabbit hole?

Have a great week 😊

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  6 comments for “De-cluttering to shop?

  1. November 26, 2017 at 1:28 pm

    Greetings my friend! Indeed we are all peering down the rabbit hole at times. When reading your post, I thought about my own shopping habits. I no longer declutter “to” shop, but rather approach my wardrobe with when I bring an item in, one must go out. This started with replacing items and has resonated with me because now that my closet is mostly full of items I like, it’s hard to give up one. Took awhile to get here, but this works for me. Another trick, long ago we both decided how many hangers we needed and the rule is not to buy any more. Great post as we enter a big buying season for holiday events and gift giving.-Laurel

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    • November 26, 2017 at 3:06 pm

      Hello lovely Laurel, I am also a fan of the ‘one in, one out’ approach but hadn’t thought about limiting the number of hangers available – that’s a very pragmatic approach and one that would be quite easy to adopt – definitely trying that tip!!! Lxxx

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  2. November 26, 2017 at 4:16 pm

    I sure have been tempted down that rabbit hole! Still am sometimes… But it is as you say, an empty hanger is bettet than a new piece that isn’t what you hoped it would be!

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    • November 26, 2017 at 4:18 pm

      So true, Ragnhild – but took me ages to realise that!!! Thanks for reading and commenting xxx

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  3. November 29, 2017 at 3:24 pm

    I loved this post because it is so true. It can be so hard to not want to replace one with one or say well now I have no winter clothes so I must go out and buy a while new wardrobe. That’s when it gets so expensive and unnecessary. This post really was inspiring. Loved it!

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    • November 29, 2017 at 4:37 pm

      Hi Jennifer, thanks so much for reading and commenting :-). I’m glad you were able to take something away from the post. Thanks for your own inspiring posts and videos, Lxx

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