De-Cluttering Clothes + the Creative Impact

IMG_3584.jpg

In the New Year, I decided 2015 was largely going to be about simplifying, de-cluttering and community - in fact I wrote about it here.

For He... is not a God of confusion and disorder but of peace and order.

- 1 Corinthians 14:33.

For a long, long time I've wanted to reassess my clothes - twice a year I normally 'tidy' but this year I decided it called for drastic measures (yes, see below)!

Eliminate physical clutter.  More importantly, eliminate spiritual clutter.

- D H Mondfleur. (Taken from 100 Ways to Simplify your Life - Joyce Meyer).

decluttering

After having gone through all items, I've realised that I don't need the majority of it and it's going to feel really good letting a lot of it go.  All that stuck energy is dissipating and freeing me up in so many ways including from a creative perspective.

Fact: The average person wears only 20% of their wardrobe contents over and over again. 

decluttering

What you see above is all my stuff having been pulled out of my wardrobes, chest of drawers etc. and then the long (still happening) process of figuring out what to do with said belongings.

decluttering

I already feel lighter though because only the stuff that I need and want is now in my wardrobes and so I can actually see (quite novel) what I have at a glance instead of having a fight with the contents.

As I was sorting, I put things into piles and from there, was able to 'eye ball' each category ie. cardigans, sweaters, socks, bras etc. and it's been quite shocking.

So, I want to hear from you - has clutter been a problem for you and if so, do you have any tips to pass on?  Also, as a creative person, do you think it is particularly challenging to keep up with regular decluttering?  Or, do you feel it can be a positive by being a messy creative?

One last tip, I've recently become a fan of The Time Warp Wife and came across her housekeeping schedule - well worth a peruse.

Jane xo