Okay, team, it’s time for the monthly Zone Defense check-in. If you showed up for practice a couple weeks ago, you know that this month’s play was to tackle, er, that is, clean up and organize your personal space.
This zone is vast, even if your personal space is theoretically small. Consider these areas that are part of your personal domain:
- your bedroom
- your bathroom
- your clothes closet
- your purse
- your car
- your office or desk, if you have one
- your health
- your physical appearance
I had big goals earlier in the month to totally reorganize/clean my office, my closet, and my purse, as well as get a new ‘do. Unfortunately, five kids and I came down with a really nasty cold that lasted about ten days. Monday was the first day I wasn’t ready to hack up a lung. I returned to the gym yesterday.
That said, I did not do all that I set out to do this month. I got my hair cut, but I don’t like it, so it doesn’t count as a tremendous play. My office is still a nightmare, and my purse, well, it needs help.
But, I did clean out my closet!
In fact, it took several hours to go through my closet. I decided to purge mercilessly. That meant trying on clothes that I was unsure about. I learned that shopping — whether in your closet or the store — shopping that produces clothes you will truly wear takes time.
I had two guiding philosophies for this procedure:
- dress like who you want to be: in this case, not frumpy
- only keep what you love
Here’s how I “thinned the herd”, as FishPapa would say:
1. I pulled the things that I don’t like. Gone are the bright green cords, the PURPLE stuff, the button down shirts that don’t fit my wide shoulders, and the embroidered blue jacket that has no pockets!
2. I pulled the things that were stained. This was hard to do. Those items were either things that I like and wear a lot or things that were new. Bummer. I didn’t completely ditch them; I’ve saved them as “playclothes”, days when I know I might be doing something messy but I still want to be comfortable and not totally slovenly.
3. I tried on those things that I’ve been waiting to wear for some special occasion. This meant ditching two brand new dresses that I never wore. Double bummer. Neither was flattering, especially since my shape has changed in the last couple years. Thankfully, I bought them both on clearance, but still that was money down the drain.
4. I ditched the things that fit, that I wear, that aren’t stained, but which make me look or feel frumpy. This was also hard. I didn’t want let go of perfectly good clothing, but I also want to dress like who I want to be. And frumpy is not it.
Now, I’ve got a big bag of clothes to donate as well as a couple pairs of shoes.
Even in the short time since doing this I’ve noticed that though I have fewer items of clothing than I did before, I’m taking better care of the ones I have. This makes sense. If I only have one jacket, then I won’t leave four in the car to get stepped on by the kids.
My theory is that if you have fewer items, but those that you truly love, you’ll enjoy them more, you’ll take better care of them, and you’ll surround yourself with beauty.
I think that a bag of discards that I don’t care about is a pretty small price to pay in exchange for such a better situation.
How ’bout you?
How are things in YOUR personal space?
Tell us in the comments and feel free to leave a link if you’ve blogged, facebooked, or instagrammed your progress. Hashtag #zonedefense if you like.
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