This Monday was a public holiday here in Perth, and we had plans to take in Kings Park and the wildflowers and go for a leisurely walk around Lake Claremont, relaxing and generally enjoying the extra free time.
Until, on Sunday night, my boyfriend pulled a bag out of the wardrobe. “Do you think this is mould?”, he asked, showing me some white marks. Hmm, it did look like mould. We pulled a few more things out. More mould. The further we looked, the more we found. Arghh.
And so it was, we were able to make the most of the glorious weather that is so long overdue… by putting on load after load of washing, and drying it all thoroughly in the sun. The rest of the day we spent indoors, scrubbing everything with vinegar and tea tree oil. We must have washed at least 10 loads. I was already well aware that I have far too many clothes, but having to wash every single item certainly brought it to the forefront of my attention. Prior to the disaster, we thought we needed more hangers. Having washed EVERY SINGLE ONE I can now report that we have far too many hangers, and actually need less clothes to solve the problem. We have 91 hangers – I just counted. That is too many.
I love the idea of minimalism, and especially after devoting three days to washing and cleaning I’ve never been more sure that I need less. The problem lies in how I actually get there.
So I ‘d like to introduce you to my wardrobe. Well, our shared wardrobe. This is the post-washing-and-culling-of-some-really-old-stuff wardrobe. Believe it or not, prior to this I had actually had a bit of a clearout and sold a few bits and pieces on eBay. My mind seems convinced that by listing three things on eBay my wardrobe contents will half. Unsurprisingly, it stubbornly remains in its fully packed glory.
I’ve already committed to the “buy nothing new” commandment. In fact this year I’ve only purchased three or four items. The problem isn’t stopping stuff coming in. It’s what to do with the stuff I already have.
The hoarder in me just wants to buy nothing new for the next three years and gradually wear everything out. The minimalist in me wants the wardrobe contents halved. The housework-despiser in me does not EVER want to do 10 loads of washing back to back ever again.
I’ve heard tips like turning all the hangers backwards, and then once you wear something turn the hanger back round, and at the end of 6 months ditch the things that weren’t worn. I could try this, but I actually like everything in there, and I’m stubborn enough to wear everything once. At least I think I am. Maybe this would be a good experiment.
I’d love it if anyone wants to share with me their thoughts. How does my wardrobe compare with yours? Is there anything glaringly obvious that I’m missing? How much stuff is a reasonable amount to have without feeling restricted? If you’d like to give me advice, talk some sense into me, give me any tips or inspiration, all will be greatly received. I’m not sure I can do this alone!
I patiently await your collective wisdom : )