Recently I wondered if I had too much clothing and footwear and I felt guilt over having more than I need, way more than I need. I felt guilt at filling up a whole closet all by myself, something I have never done in my life before. I wondered if minimalism was the way I wanted to go and I got the purging bug. Thankfully I am now cured. I did purge. And I did indeed ponder minimalism for a couple of hours. I learned that what I wanted to purge, what felt like extra were items that really didn't suit my personal style. They didn't feel like me so they felt like a burden. I learned that there is no such thing as too much of the things I love. Guilt Schmilt. As John Cleese's Insulting Frenchman would say, "I fart in your general direction". That's the general direction of guilt, not of you dear reader.
Oops we got a bit Pythony there. Back to the regularly scheduled programme.
Just in case, and in order to be thorough as I like to be, I went to an internet site which gave instructions on how to be a minimalist with one's wardrobe. It suggested utterly preposterous ideas like having only one pair of shoes and one pair of boots! No, I am not cut out to be a minimalist if that is what is required. After that I sorted through my closet and applied the boho test. It's a very simple test. You pull out a piece of clothing and ask, is this or can this be boho? If the answer is yes, it gets hung up again. This test is applied only after the closet contents are already winnowed in order to contain only items which fit and flatter. I now have a full closet of things I love and look forward to wearing. My new rule for shopping is that I must love it or it must be really unique and special. No more 'hmm maybe this will work' items and no more 'well it's an XL and I wear M but maybe I could alter it' because, no I won't alter it and even if I did it still might not work for me. Also no more 'I would really love a chair upholstered in this so surely I would also like to wear it.'
Okay, then that's all sorted and from now on I will take the advice of my wise blogging friends who tell me to go ahead and wear the things I am afraid to wear. I will take that advice because I WANT to wear those things. I will even let my shoulders show, or at least one of them. And as usual, I will also forget to put on my colourful wooden beads BEFORE I take the photo.