De-clutter, de-stress and rejuvenate—how Azza Arif hits the restart button on life
Can I cleanse my life? I always ask myself this whenever I feel like I have just emerged from almost drowning in another one of life’s never ending toxic dramas. I want to experience more of life, and feel less distracted. I need to hit that restart button and start anew. ‘Cleanse your body, and you will feel rejuvenated’ they tell me. But here’s the thing: I never used to understand people who went on cleanses. The ones who paid exorbitant amounts of money to beauty brands and health institutions to be stretched and drained and starved, all in the name of some clear-eyed enlightenment that comes with ‘detoxifying your organs’.
Not me. Well, not anymore. I signed up with a lifestyle guru du jour who told me to fill my empty stomach with nothing but fresh-squeezed green juice and somersaults in the sun, but after two weeks of no meat, no dairy, no gluten, no caffeine and no sugar, I felt… nothing. So I resorted to changing my life through what I knew best—fashion. If I can’t change my entire life around entirely, I might as well change up my wardrobe and reinvent myself through my style. Aside from the cliché statement on how an outfit can empower you and determine how you feel throughout the day, decluttering your wardrobe is also a form of therapy to help you take those steps into letting go of the old you, and embracing the new. This worked pretty well for me, and here is why.
Your wardrobe is full of old clothes which translate to old memories and old associations. You need to accept that the person that used to wear those has evolved, moved on and an even more fabulous person exists in her place. Work out exactly who you are, and what you want the world to see, and an updated wardrobe can help you tremendously physically and emotionally. If you feel that certain pieces do not match the change you wish to see in your life then I believe it’s time to take those out of your wardrobe for good.
There will always be some memories latched onto some of your old clothing, but those memories aren’t going anywhere. And if they hold even a small tinge of pain, let go of it. “I was so much slimmer then. I wore this when I met him. I was happy then.” Wake up, woman! Stop dragging yourself down with the memories of the old, because you are gorgeous, resilient and amazing, and the new you is going to be even happier. So start dressing to create the dreams of the future. Get inspired, plan who you want to be, clean out your wardrobe, keep pieces that are relevant to the new you and donate the rest, and then shop for what’s missing. Life at its best is happening right in front of you.