I had the privilege of meeting Sandi this week, who was one of the lucky ladies who won a wardrobe cleansing experience with me. We had a blast and we both walked away from the experience with fresh perspective, wisdom and a new found friendship.
We briefly spoke over the phone the previous week, and in her words, not mine she admitted that her wardrobe was a mess and that she was happy to have me help her clear out the clutter.
We began by removing all the clothes from her cupboard and sorting them into different piles- those that were to stay, and those she felt could be donated to charity and the rest that were ready to meet the BIN!
* I like to sort everything into piles to make sense of where everything should go and WHY.*
Here are five of the lessons that I took away from Monday’s experience:
Everything has a story
It was interesting to discover that each item had a story, we all have stories about how certain things end up in our spaces, some stories are deeper and more profound than others, but there’s a story to them and that’s why I believe it’s hard to let go of some of the things that we have because many of them are attached to fond memories of who we were and what we had at past moments in our lives. We often want to cling to the clutter that doesn’t even make sense to keep!
These have been patched up far tooo many times.
Make space for the new and for the better
Sandi is on the brink of embarking on a new adventure in life, and with every new adventure presents new and better things that we’ve never had or experienced. I believe that this was the perfect opportunity to clear the space for the new blessings that are coming her way, and while doing so, she was also preparing a blessing for someone else.
You attract more of who you are and what you have
We all have colours that we are consciously and sub-consciously drawn to. I’m guilty of owning far too many black items, I guess it’s because I believe it’s safe and I can build anything around it which explains why I’m immediately drawn to black garments when I’m shopping. Sandi’s colours are red, brown, purple, black and hints of colour here and there. It got me to thinking that all cupboards have mini trends of their own.
It gets easier
She said, “Wow, it actually gets easier as you go”.
It does get easier to gain perspective when there’s less clutter. It gets easier to give when you realise how much you already have, it gets easier to find your way through a neater space… I promise you with time, it get easier to let things go.
It is fun
Laugh out loud about all the embarrassing holey clothing in your cupboard, there’s nothing to be ashamed of- we all have things that we would rather hide from others, but releasing them all brings freedom. #noshame
I thank Sandisiwe Shongwe for this experience; I absolutely loved every minute of it.
The black bag on the left has all the clothing that she will be donating to the charity of her choice.
The bag on the right is going to the BIN!!! BYE