We’ve all been there, not knowing whether to let go or hold on and hope for greener pastures. I know better than most how hard it is to let go of something that you have loved deeply and truly for so long, or something you had such high hopes for. You have memories, stories and adventures together, and there are so many things you know you’ll miss. Other things might leave you wondering the perpetual, or always wondering the perpetual, “what if”. But after you’ve tried everything you can think of to fix it and it’s still not what it should be, it’s over. It is not an easy journey, but I’m here to help you recognise the signs that let you know when it’s time to let go.
You know it, I know it and the whole universe knows that you will not fix the zipper on that dress that’s been sitting broken in your wardrobe from two seasons ago. That goes for the shoes with the broken buckle, and the jacket with two missing buttons on it too. If it’s been broken for more than a month, it’s time to live and let live.
The Ugly Duckling
Sure, maybe it’s not the prettiest thing in your wardrobe, it’s been around for a few seasons too long and it’s been loved — maybe a little too much. But it’s got sentimental value so it needs to stay, right? Wrong. If you wouldn’t pick it out in a store today, it needs to go, so you can make more room in your wardrobe for the things you really like.
Not What You Bargained For
We all know the one. The expensive silk shirt you scored on sale for half price, or the leather bag you scooped up at a warehouse sale. They were great bargains, but there’s just one teeny tiny problem: they’re fugly. Sure, they seemed like a great deal in the heat of the moment, but then you got them home and realised what you’d bought. For the sake of your bank account, you tried to make it work to no avail, and it’s been sitting in your wardrobe ever since. It’s time to bite the bullet and re-home, or donate.
So there it is, when to know how to let go. Yes, maybe there won’t be anything quite like that old faithful you’ve been holding on to for so long, but there is always something better on the other side of the fashion-break up — it is for the better that you learn to let things go, so that greater clothes can fall in to place.
Written by Jessica Alves