The Curated Wardrobe Challenge - Introduction
Updated: Oct 31, 2020
Hello lovely ladies,
Did you know that "getting organised" is right up next to "getting fit" when it comes to the most popular changes we want to make in our lives?
One thing that has a huge impact on my state of mind is the state of my house and my to-do list. Organising stuff, people, events, etc. has always been my passion, but most recently it has become my therapy. I realised that by curating (de-cluttering) my mind and my home, by letting go of stuff, people, commitments and expectations, I am becoming a calmer, happier person, a better mum and wife.
Curating our minds and our homes goes hand in hand and one doesn't work without the other.
With the change of season and this new adventure of mine called The Life Curator, I thought it would be a great thing for me to share how I curate my wardrobe and prepare it for winter, being notoriously strict about what I keep and what I say NO to.
My goal is to:
- reduce the overall amount of clothes and accessories I own, by selecting only the pieces I love and feel good in
- neatly organise what is left to create a calm and beautiful space in my house that will bring joy (rather than anxiety) every morning when I dress up
To help you get started on this journey, I invite you to watch this great TEDx talk -
How Many Towels Do You Need? | Rose Lounsbury
She says: "Physical state of our homes mirrors the mental state of our heads."
Although she speaks a lot about minimalism, for now, I would just like us to focus on clearing out the excess in our wardrobes, put away the summer clothes and feel good about what we are left with, no matter how much that is.
The Curated Wardrobe Challenge will be spread across three weeks in September, I will be posting the main content on Thursdays to give you ladies some inspiration in time for the weekend. I have intentionally decided to do it in chunks as tackling an entire wardrobe at once can be an extremely overwhelming task and could easily put you off the whole thing. Besides, who has a whole weekend to devote just to de-cluttering?? The key is to achieve "marginal gains". I learned this term from Sir Dave Brailsford a cycling coach who attended an event I organised at Jaguar and shared his strategy for Team Sky cycling team just months before their first Tour de France win. He said: "We should think small, not big, and adopt a philosophy of continuous improvement through the aggregation of marginal gains. Forget about perfection; focus on progression, and compound the improvements."
We will be tackling one category at a time, for example, scarves, bags or socks, starting with the ones that are easiest and least sentimental for most. By the end of the four weeks we will have put away the summer clothes, donated what we don't need (you can also choose to sell some items) and be left with the best of what you have. After that you can happily go and replace an item like a coat or new jeans, but please note that we are not doing this to create a reason to go shopping the next day and fill it up all over again :)
Look out for Week 1 content on Thursday 5th September!
Let's do this, are you with me???