Declutter + Minimize Your Wardrobe with Afiya Francisco
As you may imagine, given my job as an on-air style expert, a lot of clothes come into my home. Like a lot. But like many people living in the city, space is at a premium so I routinely need to edit my closet to ensure that I’m not one day crushed by a mountain of falling shoe boxes.
A couple of years ago, I read the Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo and its main takeaway – that every item in your home should spark joy – really resonated with me. I diligently followed her advice and donated or sold everything that no longer met that simple (but not easy) criteria – even if it was beautiful or barely worn, if I didn’t love it, I gave it to someone who did. I also believe that a cluttered space = cluttered mind, so it felt like one big exhale to free up so much space, especially combined with the perk of earning some extra cash from the items I was able to sell.
In addition to the space issue, I have also been trying to balance my love of clothes with my love for the earth – being environmentally conscious is important to me and my role in over-consumption (especially in the fashion industry) is something that I think about a lot. Especially since reading the book, I try to buy less and buy better to slow down the revolving door that is my closet.
And yet, if I’m honest, I love to shop and I love clothes.
That’s why I’m thrilled to have found the second-hand economy. It allows me to pass on amazing pieces that no longer work for me, over to someone else, and make a little extra cash for some special new pieces that do truly spark joy for me, as well as indulge in other second-hand finds.
We’ve all been there, staring at a full closet, frustrated that you have nothing to wear, or living in a space that doesn’t really reflect your personal style. But when there’s order, it’s so much easier and more fun to get dressed and take care of your home. It also helps to make more informed decisions while shopping to ensure that a new (or new-to-you) item’s destiny isn’t to live a life forgotten in a crammed closet.
For example, I already have a solid amount of casual basics, yet I inevitably pick up a basic t-shirt every time I come across a good one. I used to justify the purchase because – hello! – the right tee is perfection but really, how many does one person need? Knowing this, I now resist the urge to bring home yet another version of basically the same thing that I already have multiples of and instead focus on what gaps in my wardrobe need to be filled.
For me, some of those gaps are spring statement shoes – this is how I’ll be looking to have fun with pattern and colours and will work with the basics that I already have.
Spring is a natural time for a closet overhaul and I’m filtering through mine again to set myself up for the season ahead – I already have my eye on a couple key pieces and want to make space for them by selling some of the stylish pieces that still have a lot of life left in them – just in someone else’s closet.
Learn How to Get Involved in the Second-Hand Economy!
If you’ve bought or sold used items, swapped, or donated, you’re already an active contributor!