The idea of choosing items that bring joy has been rattling around in my head since reading an article about home organizer Marie Kondo in the New York Times. My first reaction was that there are plenty of things in my apartment that don't bring me joy, but that I need to keep around for practical reasons, like a step ladder so I can change a light bulb. But clothes are something that we can and should expect to get joy from. There are so many options that it seems silly to spend money on pieces that you don't like.
I recently got a wonderfully warm and absolutely gorgeous scarf (that is big enough to double as a blanket) from Boden and I definitely feel a sense of joy when I put it on. The bright colors make the dreary January days feel a little less glum, the wool keeps my neck nice and toasty in the Chicago wind, and its large size makes it more versatile. A scarf, which is a need in the Midwest in winter, has become something that adds value to my day by improving my mood.
But how many pieces do I have in my closet that aren't needs and don't bring me joy? Probably too many