I was always a bit rubbish at making decisions.
Or was I?
So difficult to decide 😉
I think I was probably overly fearful of doing the wrong thing and then not being able to rectify it.
But, as in so many other ways, minimalism has given me fresh insight.
When I was de-cluttering and then sorting my autumn capsule, I realised that I was doing in an hour and a half, what used to take me a whole day. I’m more familiar with the approach now, of course, but I also make decisions more speedily, which helps with the process.
I sometimes refer to having a ‘de-cluttering muscle’ and I think there must be a ‘decision-making muscle’ as well. The more you use it, the stronger it gets.
Making decisions about whether to keep or let go clothes sounds quite trivial. But clothes can have sentimental value, they can determine how you feel about yourself and they are part of your identity – maybe not so trivial, then.
I have rarely, if ever, regretted letting go of something. So that has taken a lot of the fear out of making clothing-related decisions. It then becomes easier to apply this in other aspects of my life.
I recently made a decision about a change of job. I found I was more clear-sighted than I would once have been. I didn’t dither as much. I didn’t take the decision lightly but neither did I angst too much about it.
I don’t know if it will work out. But I do know that it won’t be the end of the world if it doesn’t.
I found that fear of change was hindering me to the point of almost bringing me to a standstill. It seemed easier to stick with what I knew, the way it used to seem easier not to take the time and trouble to sort my wardrobe out.
The American educator and counsellor, Jessie Potter, is credited with the phrase: ‘If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got’. Well, I’ve decided to do something different – and clothes are only the start.
Have a great week 😊