My Closet declutter: 1 Year later

So, this post was originally supposed to be 3 months after I decluttered but I never got round to writing up the notes I’d made or taking suitable photos. However, the fact that it has been a year has allowed me to really see lasting change.

Why I decluttered?

A little over a year ago I read L’art de la Simplicité by Dominique Loreau . One of my biggest takeaways from the book was the 4 words ‘Live more with less’.

After reading the book I became aware that I had so much more stuff than I needed and that a lot of what I had I didn’t even use. Even more importantly I realised that I didn’t feel good about a lot of the stuff that I owned.

Whether it was cheap high street dresses that didn’t quite fit right, books collecting dust or things I had managed to attach some form of sentimental value to.

The most obvious area where I had accumulated too much stuff was my closet which is why towards the end of 2019, I decided to declutter my whole closet.

If you want to read specifically about my full closet curation process check out my post on Finding your personal style and updating your closet.

I’ve had closet declutters in the past but last year was the strictest I had ever been. I got rid of things that didn’t fit well, things I hadn’t worn in ages and things I didn’t feel totally comfortable in.

That last point was probably the most significant of all as in the past I had a habit of trying to get out of my style comfort zone. But it almost always ended in me buying things I didn’t feel good in. And so when I went out into the world I’d feel self-conscious and wish I’d chosen to wear something else.

At the end of my declutter I’d gotten rid of almost half of my closet. It felt so freeing to not feel obligated to keep things just because I’d bought them. It felt good to let go of things that were taking up space and serving no purpose in my life.

My expectations

Moving forward I wanted to change the way I shopped. I only wanted to buy things that I needed rather than just adding clutter to my life. In order to help with that I made a shopping list of things I want to add to my closet.

However, old habits die hard and as someone that enjoys buying new things I knew there was a chance I’d still end up buying things that I didn’t need.

What actually happened

Overall, I’ve noticed that throughout the past year I’ve been shopping much less. On many occasions when I’ve ordered things online, I’ve ended up returning anything that didn’t fit well, I didn’t feel comfortable in or if it wasn’t on my shopping list.

In some cases that meant the whole order went back. That’s how I knew I was making real progress.

Also, I have a vision of my dream closet that I go back to every time I’m shopping for new things. If the item doesn’t align with that, I don’t buy it or I return it.

A couple of months ago I had a mini declutter where I ended up getting rid of more than I thought I would have which surprised me. However, a lot of it was things I’d not been able to part with when I originally decluttered.

I think the biggest thing I’ve noticed over the past year is the distinctive line between what I do and don’t wear.

For example: I do wear oversized t-shirts and I don’t wear anything bodycon.

Current thoughts

So that pretty much brings us up to present day. My end goal is to curate my dream closet of clothing that I can easily mix and match that is suitable for work and play.

Decluttering is an essential part in reaching that goal and it has taught me a lot about my shopping habits and my personal style.

As part of my journey to improve my shopping habits and curate my dream closet, I also want to get back into sharing more of my personal style. I think it’ll be good to keep a record of what I wear the most.

Plus, when I know I’ll be taking photos of my outfits it’ll forces me to play around and have more fun with what I’m wearing.

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