#Month 9: Quitting fast fashion - a 12 month challenge
I have been clearing out boxes from storage and deciding what to keep (and therefor find space for) and what can be given or thrown away. It's been hard and incredibly frustrating. I only manage to do an hour or so at one time before I feel in desperate need of a break. Although the items themselves aren't very special or expensive, I am prone to attaching meaning to objects that in turn become impossible to part with. I feel indebted to things that comforted me at any point or loyal to things that have been with me for a long time. With things that I haven't used at all, I feel guilty that I never gave them their opportunity to be brilliant.
This is madness and it must end. They don't have feelings and if they did, they would be really cross with me for locking them up in a storage unit instead of giving them to a charity shop. To help me declutter, I have been inspired by Marie Kondo (thanks Pips). She is a Japanese tidying zen master who has made a living from helping people declutter their homes. She says you should hold each item and feel whether it "sparks joy" or not. I like her because she also connects emotionally to her things but is firm and honest with them. She touches her stuff and holds them to her and if they don't spark any joy, she thanks them and ceremoniously sends them to a better life elsewhere. The items that do spark joy should then be stored in a way that means everything is visible at a glance. Stacking things on top of each other is decidedly unkind to items at the bottom.
See my newly arranged jumpers drawer. Each jumper is now equal.
In March I bought stuff... I admit it. However, it wasn't clothes or "fast fashion" but some much needed shoes, underwear and swimwear. I also granted myself a new dress which I bought for a wedding in May. These are technically all allowed in my rulebook which I wrote in Month 1 so I don't feel bad about it and the challenge is definitely still on. My personal challenge was with buying large quantities of fast fashion clothes from the high street without having a need for any of them. What I have done this month is choose "items" that will last, that are not fashionable and that I love.
To conclude this monthly update, I am pleased to report that March has been a breeze compared to the last few March's. Historically, this has always been my most difficult month for all sorts of reasons from exams to weather to work. This year, the cycle has been broken and I had a great time. I have enjoyed seeing all the May blossoms come out and the smell of magnolias on London's residential streets are just lovely. WELCOME SPRINGTIME!