I’VE NEVER BEEN VERY GOOD

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at de­clut­ter­ing. When it comes to my home, es­pe­cially my wardrobe, I’ve al­ways been more of a “cel­lar it, and see” type of girl. “You never know when ca­nary yel­low silk might come back into fash­ion,” I tell my mother-in-law earnestly. She is an ab­so­lute rock star at de­clut­ter­ing and is al­ways on hand when­ever I need help with a ma­jor purge.

A couple of years back, I had a brief fling with the Marie Kondo ap­proach. For the unini­ti­ated, it’s all about let­ting go of things that no longer spark joy. I went Kondo crazy, do­nat­ing at least 50 per cent of the con­tents of our house to The Cat Pro­tec­tion So­ci­ety.

For a few months, it was heaven. Cup­boards closed obe­di­ently, doors slid shut smoothly and my pantry was so sparse, I could al­most rent it as a room on Airbnb. But then I started go­ing look­ing for my stuff. Things I’d al­ways loved, things I wanted to bring back into cir­cu­la­tion. Much to my dis­may, they were gone for good. Why am I telling you all this? Be­cause it was my im­mi­nent Jan­uary closet clear-out that in­spired our wardrobe spe­cial (p103). If only I had an amaz­ing walk-in wardrobe, then I wouldn’t have to cull at all!

For now, it’s a pipe dream. So this month I’m go­ing to try a new ap­proach to culling. This time, I’m go­ing to move more slowly, and be a lit­tle more mind­ful about why I bought the things in the “chuck” pile in the first place. Be­cause as cleans­ing as a fever­ish cull can be, surely the real les­son is in recog­nis­ing what you never re­ally needed in the first place.

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