Wardrobe Detox

Updated: May 22

How much time do you spend daily on figuring out what to wear, especially when you have kids around you all the time? Do you feel overwhelmed by the many items in your wardrobe? Do you often (a.k.a. always) think that you have nothing proper to wear (even though your closet is full of clothes)?

If you answered with yes to at least one question, it's time for you to declutter your wardrobe. You know that too much clutter intoxicates your life, right? So why do this to yourself?

Experts call this phenomena "decision fatigue" and it describes that a persons ability to make decisions is finite and it gets worse after making many decisions, because their brain will get more tired. It is also know as ego depletion.

We have to make decisions from the time we wake up in the morning, so why waste your number of decisions in a day on things like what to wear, a skirt or a dress, red T-shirt or blue T-shirt with jeans, and so on...

In order to reduce the stress level caused by decision fatigue, many successful people are favoring a minimalist wardrobe to a cluttered one. Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook CEO, for example, said that “I really want to clear my life to make it so that I have to make as few decisions as possible about anything except how to best serve this community.”

I bet you want to look stylish, polished but you want your clothes to mix and style easily and effortlessly one with another and to be also practical, so that you can smoothly run around and after your little ones, in the park or in a shopping center, for example. You can achieve that with a lot less fashion items than you own right now, so why not simply declutter your wardrobe and like this detox your life. Less stress in your life means more time to be happy and enjoy what really matters for you.

Let's take the example of the writer Alice Gregory, who is mastering the art of simple wardrobe:

“When the weather permits—and it does in New York from September to May—I wear a black cotton turtleneck, skinny blue jeans that (crucially) are not tight and a pair of black boots. My hair, I have decided, is my main accessory. If it’s cold and dry, I wear a camel coat. If it’s cold and wet, I wear a black down rain jacket. It is the most comfortable, flattering and inoffensive outfit I’ve been able to come up with. It’s almost never inappropriate, and it has the magical quality of taking on the connotations of its surroundings. In a bookstore, I look bookish. At an art gallery, I look arty. On the subway, I am invisible. I can look young or old, rich or poor, cool or humble. In my uniform, people see me as they want to.”

The point here is, that is order to achieve this simple wardrobe life, you need to get rid of all those clothes that you haven't been wearing for a long time; the ones that you don't fit into anymore, but now they are just taking up the space in your house; the ones that you bought on an impulse, but don't match anything in your closet; the ones that you bought but never ever wore, and the list can continue.

Of course, you don't have to do this, only if you want to. You need to prepare yourself mentally for this, because it's like new beginnings. Are you ready for a whole new way of living, with less stress in your life?