Inspired by my friend *Wollmaus*, I recently started to reevaluate my life. Not just every aspect, but the materialistic parts. I know for a long time that possesions can weigh you down. Of course it is nice to have stuff at hand when you need it. Of course I like to dress a different dress every now and then. But on the other hand, clutter can take over your life. Your flat. Your stash.
I'm a bit torn between hording lovely fabrics and notions and keeping my room cleand and spacey enoguh to work and live there. Between sewing great robes to wear (not only at WGT, but our closeby disco Matrix also allows for decent overdressing) and having no place to store them. Between dressing gothy on weekends and "normal" during the working week, which requires more or less separate wardrobes which take up space in your closet, or reducing stuff down to one wardrobe...
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But again, certain items will be collected. I love my extensive book collection and with a bibliophile boyfriend we have 4 big Billy shelves. And it might already be time for another one... In this area I will not reduce stash. I put some bad books into the open book shelf (my city has one in front of the theatre were everyone is free to bring and take books as they like), but the ones I love and might re-read will stay. I'm no fan of electronic books, I like the feel and smell of real books.
What about my wardrobe? I roam through it every once in a while (every 3-4 months, actually) and pare down on stuff I don't wear anymore or never wore. *Wollmaus* said that she puts out everything that she didn't wear for another six month after her last stash reduction. Which is not feasible for me when it comes to gothic clothes. Sometimes I fall in love with a skirt I haven't worn for years...
|cleaned out two of these, despite the thoughts above...|
And what about stuff like the steampunk coat or my regency outfit? I doubt I will re-wear them anytime soon. I will try to utilise the room under my bed (which is not big since the kitchen floor takes up half of it and there is also a suitcase full of fabrics). I already started sewing bags for the clothes from leftover fabrics and will store them in hope I will not forget about them.
Any other suggestions?