Wardrobe - Is detox anything different from a hype-like craze?
Organization is not half the battle - but wasted time!
That's why we have to be done with “simplify your life” and endless “how-to” guides!
There's hardly any other topic the fashion bubble concerns itself with as much as it does with the matter of clearing out wardrobes: freeing yourself from inherited waste that no-one needs and that takes up the space for beautiful creations. Knowing what really matters instead of harbouring vast amounts of unnecessary things, while adding more on a monthly rate. “Wardrobe Detox” that's what this newfangled trend is called and thanks to Marie Kondo, who took it to hype-like proportions everybody seems to have caught the wardrobe detoxing bug.
Just like “googling”, there is already a fixed term: "to kondo." to clean up your life! No! Clearing out is crap, at least for the most part!
I have my doubts about whether this trend is a really good idea. A Nobel laureate in chemistry once said that women have a tendency to waste their time on trivialities. She observed this with her students. I'm afraid most of Maria Kondo's books are sold to women.
I also increasingly find that tidiness leads to a bad mood. It is constantly endangered, because it is a lot of work to contain it and that's not fun. Which is why we shouldn't spend half of our life on it.
Some minimalists I met over 10 years ago were design and industrial design students, Zen inspired, they actually had shared rooms with little more than a futon and a shelf made of glass plates and bricks .... and parents, from whose loft or barn they could get clothes or items if they needed anything.
Clearing out and tidying up are one of those tasks that can only be motivated by the prospect of the aftermath.
I am reluctant to reduce my personal belongings depending on the benefit I get from them, to check whether my possessions are still worthwhile or cause good feelings. The idea of efficiency spreads like a virus, in every niche the economic principle has to apply. How about a new trend? Defend life against this kind of “useful” thinking.
Property, means something to me. My belongings are near and dear to me because I have not had the luxury of just spending and buying what I want for a long time. You won't "tidy out" anything if you don't know whether you will have the money to get these things back or not.
The last "Simplify" wave was around 2004. It probably comes every 15 years and leaves again - hopefully!