Have you ever pondered about the mentality of hoarders? Or why most ladies shop a lot, but have nothing to wear? Today, against the festive backdrop of spring cleaning, I will briefly blog about why YOU find it difficult to throw/donate clothes away.
There are several possible reasons:
- You have barely worn the piece of clothing, and it is expensive. Therefore you keep it in your closet.
- You think you will slim down and look good in that piece of clothing.
- That piece of clothing holds fond memories.
- You don’t want to waste resources, so you do not want to throw that piece of clothing away.
Multiply this logic by 30+ pieces of clothing that you rarely wear, and you will become a hoarder.
Now, hoarding is bad because it causes stress and mental/physical clutter. It’s not like hoarders don’t know this–they do. But they STILL find it difficult to throw clothes away/ donate.
The logic is actually very simple: Clothes are more than just material. They separate your naked body from the world outside. Therefore, your chosen form of clothing is a form of self-protection from the world outside, too. In addition, clothes also represent a type of ideal in your head at that very point in time you aspire towards.
How could you ever reject any form of self-protection or personal ideal? This is why throwing any piece of clothing you have purchased or received as a gift can actually be a considerable struggle.
How then, can you stop being a hoarder?
The answer comes from Marie Kondo–the cleaning guru. She basically told her readers to thank her clothes before them away. Try it! It works!
Say–“Thank you dear dress, for being a part of my teenager life and accompanying me on dates. Unfortunately I am not a teenager now and my closet would appreciate space for new dresses on my new adult journey, so you have to go. But I appreciate your presence in my life.”
Heehee, I know this works because I tried it. Let me know if it works for you too!