Eureka Moments (and the trauma of having a clear out) June 19, 2009Posted by Lauren Cooke in Inspiration, Life, Chatter & Politics.
Tags: clean outs, Fashion, Houses, mortgages, property market, tidying
Lots of stuff is going on in the life of Lauren this week. Amongst other things, we mightbe buying a house (Read: Flat!) in a local village. Daunting, terrifying, and very exciting. At the moment it is a bit of a blur of viewings, getting the parents up to have a look, searching for the best mortgages and more. It’s great. Of course, Ben’s car seem to be dying which is putting a bit of a downer on it, but let’s just hope it all works out.
If nothing else, it shows that first time buyers can still get on the market!
On other topics, I sat down and had a little tidy up this week. I dragged out my drawers, and found myself staring at a collection of buckling drawer bottoms, added to by a pile of jeans, an extra box of tops, a large pile of jumpers, and a few odd little bags full of pretty much everything else. I didn’t know what to do!
There, in front of me, was a collection of most of the items I have bought in the past 5 years, cringeworthy mistakes and unwearable items included. They all spilt out at me, overflowing and busting at the seams. My little tidy immediately evolved into a full blown fashion clean out.
The result? I ended up with one bin bag full of rubbish (why I kept those torn tops etc for so long, I will never know!), and two bags choc-a-bloc with donations for the local charity shops. Quite successful, you would agree?
So how did I decide what to get rid of? I followed a few simple steps (all based around utter, cold-hearted ruthlessness!).
If you are anything like me, your drawers will be a mess. Every time you have a clean up they will become tidy again, but then the overflowing will begin and there is no looking back. I removed everything from my piles and sorted. For the tops drawer, for instance, I had a pile for sporty, dressy, work, strappy, and misc. I also had a pile for significant tops that were all wrapped up in memories. No way to get rid of these, but they also didn’t need to be kept like I would actually wear them again!
Not the easiest thing to do, this was the most important step. I looked at my collection – anything torn, worn, ugly or misshapen? Bin it!!For the rest, I used a three step process – 1. Had I worn it recently? 2. Did I still like it? 3. Did I plan to wear it again, ever? Anything with two no’s went straight away. Anything with one no was a judgement call! I did make sure to keep all decent strappy tos – they can be clothing gold!
If it doesn’t fit, I made myself bin/donate it. I told myself that I was helping the world, and that whilst one day I might fit back into them (ever hopeful), it was ruining my clothe-owning vibe to constantly be reminded of my size! It made me feel a failure for no reason. So I got rid of some beloved clothes, in a brash Eureka moment of ultra-realism. I am soo happy now I have done it.