I live in Colorado where I have basically 2 sets of clothes – winter and summer.
Winter is rich with silkies, woolies and layers to help me weather my commitment to going outside even on the coldest of days.
But summer is when I come alive. Most people complain about how hot the Colorado summers are but I thrive in warmer weather. My body feels better, my energy increases and July is my best month of the year. And…I am committed to not having so many clothes that everything falls out when I open my closet doors. I love the simplicity of having a selection of clothes for each season that fit me best and feel great on my body. It’s all about fabric, color and fit for me.
I have found that some brands fit me better and feel better – I love everything organic including what hemp feels like on my skin. I look for the brands I love on sale and in thrift stores and it is amazing what I can manifest. Plus I will buy something new as in investment each season to add to my favorite clothing collection.
- What feels best on my body ? Let go of anything that does not fit perfectly or you don’t feel 100% comfortable in. Do a pajama comfort test on your clothes (I made it up; it means – does this feel like I’m at home in my pj’s? If so, I want to wear it to town.)
- Color – what colors look best on me and reflect my style of how I want to be seen when I walk in a room?
- Does this give me energy and allow me to feel terrific?
- Does this fit the season I am in and the heat/cold factor so that I can be outside and comfortable?
Clearing out clothes is a way to live without clutter and day to day extra work organizing what’s in the closet. As you evaluate your summer clothes, make a pile and let go of what you don’t need. Here’s are questions to guide you:
- Does this fit? Get rid of everything that does not fit. Let go of ” I’ll save it for when I lose 10 lbs someday” thinking. There is only today. If it does not fit, send it to the goodwill or give to a girlfriend. There are always more clothes
- Do I need 4 black skirts? 5 white shirts? Decide on what you like best and reduce your numbers to a true wearable selection.
- You don’t have to wear the same things all the time; this is the great joy of purchasing used clothing and paying only a few dollars for a blouse. Wear it for a season and then send it back to the donation station. That’s affordable when you pay $3 for it.
Shoes are about self care. “Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet.” ― Thích Nhất Hạnh
Nothing invites one to evaluate their love of self more than the shoes they wear. How we treat our feet is how we live our lives. If you love having many shoes to choose from, fine,but now may be a perfect time to go through and see what you hardly ever wear or does not feel great and send them away.
If your feet hurt you or you have any foot problems consider seeing a pedorthist first to evalute what is happening with your feet and make corrections before you have serious problems. Different than a podiatrist, a pedorthist will look toward more healthy shoes changes rather than surgery, to correct plantar fasciitis.
- Who do my clothes say I am ?
- What can I release today from my closet to make space for something new?
“Discovering the truth of who you are is the only way to love and care for yourself.” ― Vironika Tugaleva
HeleneVan Manen /www.retreatcoaches.com
I support women to feel great in their clothes and lives!