Hi, I’m Kandja (like ganja with a K). And I used to be a shopaholic… As a result, 18 months later, I STILL have crap I’ve hardly ever worn. Is most of it amazing, designer, bejewelled crap you ask? Not even. But if there’s something I’ve learned to do well from all of this clutter, it’s declutter. Do yourself a favour and declutter your closet at least once a year. It’s a great way to feel fresh and get rid of any hoarding guilt!
We all have that sweater we never wear, or pair of jeans that don’t fit, that we never get rid of because someday, SOMEDAY, we may just need them again. The general rule of thumb is, if it didn’t get used in the last year, it’s time to say goodbye. You will thank yourself for the purge (and no, not the Donald Trump kind of purge). Here are just a few reasons why you should declutter your closet sooner than later:
1. Avoid stuffocation!
Having less stuff is actually proven to be healthy. 42% of north americans experience anxiety when their houses are unorganized and cluttered (survey by Rubbermaid). Don’t get suffocated by your stuff!
2. Donating is a social responsibility.
Giving away your well maintained clothing items to those in need is a responsibility we all share. Why keep perfectly useful goods hoarded away while others go without?
3. Get a fresh style slate.
Going through your clothing allows you to curate pieces collectively. Out with the old brings room for the new. After you declutter your closet, add to your wardrobe with intention. This way your personal style will have a narrative and seamlessly pull together.
4. You’ll have a good time!
Laughing at some of your old purchases will be a bonding moment with a good girlfriend! If I could go back in time and save all the money I spent on 40$ jeans and juicy sweatpants, I would grab that opportunity in a heartbeat. At least sharing a good laugh about my bad decisions always helps them sting less…
5. Pieces you love but forgot about come back into play.
The sweater I wore during this shoot had not seen the light of day in over 8 months! Sometimes things hide at the ends of our closets and never make it back out alive. Luckily for my decluttering habits, this baby survived a total exile.
6. Clean out the dust.
Your closets collect dust, dead skin cells, dander and other unmentionables over time. We’re talking the kind of stuff you probably don’t want in your home for years on end. Get rid of the dust by wiping down your surfaces and cleaning your pieces at least once a year.
Take the decluttering challenge a step further than clothing and tackle your cleaning and storage areas too! Being mindful of what you own and how you use things will change your life. Hopefully, as the years go by, it’ll take less effort to declutter your closet, and more effort to be frivolous. Now, I save money when it comes to my wardrobe… and waste it on food like God intended.
Photography By Caroline Ross