Clothing, style, and how we look can be intimately tied to our identity.
Purging our wardrobes to keep only those clothes that we actually wear on a regular basis flies in the face of this idea. Letting go of pieces of clothing can feel like letting go of pieces of our self, our past, our loved ones. Yet, for a de-cluttering or other reducing project, we have to find a way to make peace with that idea.
Tackling a de-cluttering project can be wrought with physical and emotional challenges. That’s why it’s so important to put yourself front and center when you plan out your sorting and purging schedule – and to keep self-care in mind throughout the entire process.
Over the years I have carried around the baggage of my past, mementos, things I just couldn’t give up. Things that belonged to other people that I thought: someday, I’d be able to give them back…
If you are starting to de-clutter your life, getting rid of small things, sorting through boxes and bins packed long ago and hidden away from sight, be aware of what any box might contain. Be conscious. You could be caught by surprise. Feelings that you didn’t know you still had can be lurking in the dark corners of your psyche.