Clothing, clothing everywhere...and not a thing to wear.
Why IS that?
We often fall prey to our past, our imagined future or our simple desire to own everything that we like or that we think will fill a need.
Fill a need....
Let's think about that for a moment. We are so conditioned by peers, TV, magazines, etc. to "need" the latest...shoes, dress, style, sofa, lifestyle, etc. that we completely forget that our needs, if we are honest, are the basics that most of us have access to...clean drinking water, food, shelter.
In the modern day our needs have bloomed like mold into the most outrageous of things. Things that we can display to our family and friends as status symbols, but that oftentimes don't fill the real need; the need that has yet to be discovered or at least owned up to. We shop to fill time, to get a dose of being around other people just for the sake of being amongst our fellow human beings, to alleviate boredom. And every time we buy something, we are attempting to grasp the ephemeral promise that this thing will make our lives tangibly better. And sometimes it does. But more often than not we make purchases based on our immediate need to feel something at that moment. But that moment is fleeting, and you are left with items you really don't use as well as the credit card bill to show for it.
For most of us, we live by the 80/20 rule. 80% of the time we wear 20% of our items. What these items are changes over time, with jobs, lifestyle, activities and body shape. But still we hold onto things that are no longer relevant. Sometimes we buy things for chapters of our book that we have already finished, and others in the hopes that a new chapter we desire will be the next one we start.
Because of our tendency to purchase based on deeper psychological needs rather than on the actual need for a new shirt, fashion has become one of the most wasteful and environmentally harmful industries on the planet. If you ever get frustrated that you, as a small individual, cannot do anything to stem the rising tide of waste and pollution, take heart. By retraining yourself to understand the impulse to buy something might be simply the need to take a walk, or restyle what you already have, or get rid of a bunch of things that create mental clutter; you too can have a positive impact on the environment. Still need to scratch that consumerism itch that we have all been programmed to feel? Then alter your perceptions and try to only buy (with rare exceptions) items that have already been produced and used by someone else who now no longer has need for them. Or find ethical companies that are doing good with their business model and profits (Patagonia comes to mind).
It is amazing what can be found on the second hand market these days, and with relative ease. There are a multitude of sites and stores that give you the opportunity to shop in person or from the convenience of a computer or mobile device. You can furnish a home and stock a wardrobe for yourself and your family with a little bit of leg work. Something that I also find valuable in this mode of consumption is that, because there isn't 100 of everything, the search takes longer and the process becomes more deliberate. Since our purchases of new items are often more impulsive, it allows us the time and distance to ask "do I REALLY need that toaster/skirt/rug/etc?"
In order to accomplish this in your wardrobe, a closet edit can be a great way to start. Clearing out items that no longer serve you in your current chapter will allow you to see those areas that you actually need (or want) to fill. In addition to editing your closet, we will create a shopping list and a personal profile that you can either use yourself (if you like the hunt), or for me to shop on your behalf. You will be left with a selection of items that should be much easier to put together and that will all be relevant to the person you are today.
Please email me for more information and we can discuss what your individual needs are. Pricing is hourly but discounts may apply depending on the scope of the project.