Some months ago, I heard an ominous grinding noise coming from the wardrobe. The central rail which I had noticed was coming loose but cheerfully ignored, had slipped down on one side.
This was the final nail in the coffin. The wood in the wardrobe had become warped, the doors no longer closed properly, one of the hinges was loose and now the rail had slipped. Time to replace it.
I loved this wardrobe and my friend Laurel at Little Black Domicile is always kind enough to compliment me on it whenever I include a photo of it. But it was time to let it go.
So last week the replacement finally arrived. To get ready for it, I removed every item of clothing I had, as well as the contents of the room. (We thought we’d take the opportunity of refreshing the paintwork as well – it seemed like such a good idea at the time!). It was so annoying being in the midst of clutter for a week!
Even the cat felt he had to hide from the mess!
The resulting heap of clothes looked like the beginning of a KonMari clear-out. Even though I’ve streamlined quite a lot, there is nothing like putting all your clothes together in the one place to see exactly how much you have.
As the new wardrobe has a different configuration to the old one, I needed to put clothes in differently – which made me think differently about them! I think swapping over capsules from one season to the other has limited my vision a bit, as it’s become familiar.
So this process has led to some reflections:
- Marie Kondo’s method really is genius – it’s only when you see the entirety of your wardrobe in the one place that you can see what you have.
- This removes the fear of not being left with enough!
- Contrary to any expectations, Mr. Minimal-Lol seemed to get inspired. I was always careful not to eulogise, evangelise, or (heaven forbid!) nag about the convenience of a capsule wardrobe. He too seemed a bit overcome when all his clothes were piled up together on the bed – and later on, I noticed him de-cluttering armfuls, no sackfuls of clothes!
- I thought I had my capsule mindset fairly well managed. But moving the clothes around gave me a bit of a shake-up. Having done the major de-clutter a couple of years ago, I don’t think it would have occurred to me to do it again, on this scale. But moving the clothes to a different wardrobe compelled me to think differently.
Next week, I’ll dive a little deeper into what changes I’ve made. Until then, have a great week 😊