For the shortest month, February sure does seem to last forever. It’s when it rains a lot here, and alternates between very cold and warmer every couple of days of so; I was frozen all weekend, and now am thawed out a bit.
I washed these Ichi Antiquities pants and took them upstairs to slowre HQ to photograph and get ready to sell this week. But I have decided to keep them instead. I am trying to be a lot more thoughtful now about what I get rid of because of my changing body. I can’t say that these spark joy really, but they don’t NOT spark joy, and they have useful pockets along with an accommodating waistband. I’ve always found the very wide legs sort of overwhelming on me and hard to style, but I care less about that right now.
I tend to gravitate towards holding on to things that I find useful, even if they don’t quite “spark joy”. As the famous William Morris quote I have hanging in my office bathroom says:
Have nothing in your houses that you do know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.
I don’t think there’s any one way to determine what to keep and what to move on from, I just sometimes know it when I see it.
Items that don’t necessarily spark joy can be “good enough,” which sometimes is…enough. Everything in your closet doesn’t have to be something that makes your heart skip a beat; I don’t think that’s practical. I do think that most items you keep and/or add to your wardrobe SHOULD bring a degree of joy and pleasure to your life, but it is also incredibly satisfying having items that are very good and serve a practical purpose.
It’s all about balance isn’t it? Finding what works for us through trial and error and implementing that to the best of our abilities.