We can detox from so many different things, including but not limited to: jobs, relationships, food, self care products. You get the gist.
We can also detox our closets. And, while I basically lived out of my pajama drawer all winter and throughout chemo, about a week after my last treatment, I decided to do just that.
As a teenager, cleaning out my closet was part of my regular routine. I practically did it monthly. But, as I became an adult, the task became more and more daunting. Perhaps I was more invested in its contents because I was buying them with money that now also needed to be allocated toward rent! For whatever reason, I hated doing it.
Since I rarely cleaned out my closet, I lost sight of what I had. I would wear clothes that were comfortable, especially the more they were worn, and would keep them front and center. I’d gravitate toward those comfy clothes over and over instead of venturing further into the depths of my closet or to the store to buy new ones. I also had a thing about wearing stuff that wasn’t worn yet. Things that make you go, “Hmm?”.
On the flip side, there are those pieces we buy because we imagine ourselves in them, but then cannot bring ourselves to actually wear out in public. For example, the cold shoulder top that cannot be worn without a special bra, or the pants that cut off your circulation after five minutes, or the skirt that’s a bit too short for the office, but too long for a girls’ night out.
These are the things we hold onto with the optimism that—someday—we will pull the trigger.
Well, my friends, now was the time for me to let those things go.
I am, by no means, the authority on cleaning out closets, and I’m definitely not here to lecture you on how to do so. I just want to share my experience—and the joy it elicited—once I finally committed to getting it done.
To call it liberating would be an understatement. Not only does clearing out make room for some cool new stuff (stuff that we might actually wear), but it also gives us a chance to take inventory of what we already have enough of and what we could use more of. Further, it’s an opportunity to put new outfits together and donate the stuff we no longer want or need, but that isn’t too warn or outdated. And charity makes us feel good!
Since my closet detox, I’ve worn a different outfit every day, and have even made use of hats, scarves, and other accessories that—for a long time—had been lost in a pile of chaos and clutter. I like to consider them hidden treasures.
What you see in the photos took twelve hours to complete. And I’ve done about another twelve straight hours of shopping since—ha!
In fact, my husband be like, “Stop shopping already!”
But this closet detox has undoubtedly been a big part of the healing process. This is an exciting time in my life—a rebirth—and I’m ready to display that excitement in every way possible.
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I’d love to hear about your detox experience in comments below. How does it feel to let go of those things that no longer bring us joy and make room for new?
Until next time, cheers to clean closets and lots of hidden treasures!