Who says you can’t have too much of a good thing?!
When I was doing my first major clothing de-clutter, I found I had a lot of duplicates. For example, I actually had …
Readers of a nervous disposition, please turn away now!
5 pairs of black trousers!!
Now, if you had asked me, I would have said that they were all quite different – different styles, fabrics, details and therefore each one was essential. I found this viewpoint especially true when it came to denim.
In reality, I reached for one pair repeatedly, a fancier pair if I was going out and the others rarely.
The thing is, the one I reached for was obviously my favourite. So why not clear away the nonsense and the clutter and just wear that pair? I was already wearing them over and over again – but somehow I felt a comfort or a type of satisfaction when I opened my wardrobe and could see another 4 pairs hanging there. Why????
The other thing about duplicates is that they ‘split your wears’. You end up wearing them only half as much, if you have two items, quarter as much if you have four items – you get the idea. So, in essence, with five pairs of black trousers and only really wearing one, I was paying five times as much for that pair. Or at least, that’s how it felt after the purge, when the horror had set in at the sight of the de-cluttered pile.
I used to love that piece of advice that went along the lines of …. If you see something you like, buy it in a few different colours! What’s that now? No! Just no!
I try to avoid duplicates now because:
- I don’t want to split my wears
- I don’t want to waste my money
- It’s fuelled by fear-of-missing-out, not true necessity.
- I would rather invest in one good quality item, than many lesser quality items
- With a limited number of pieces in my capsule, variety is important and there’s no place for quantities of the same item.
- I begrudge giving up valuable wardrobe space to clothes I won’t wear often.
Anyone else ever fall foul of the dreaded duplicate scenario? Have a great week 🙂