Clearing space and getting organized is often one of those top 10 New Year’s resolutions that get abandoned by February, especially where our wardrobe is concerned. Why aren’t people successful at attaining this goal? The problem could be in their head. There are a few issues that need to be sorted out first that will make clearing the physical space so much easier! Interested? Read on!
Part 1: Clear the Mind
Closets are often filled with items that served us well in the past but aren’t serving us now. Clothes from another job, marriage, or decade can’t be expected serve us the same way in present time. You are not the same person you were a year, two years or five years ago. Imagine a closet filled with just the clothes that suit you and your lifestyle right now!
Think about what you are holding on to. Closets can be placeholders for ill-fitting clothes in sizes that bear no resemblance to your current perfect fit. Accept yourself as you are. Once you do that, it makes it easier to get rid of clothes that don’t fit or flatter your body.
Don’t hang on to things out of a sense of duty or obligation. Whether it’s an ill-chosen gift, a poor purchase, or a hand-me-down that doesn’t suit you – if it’s not worn, it’s taking up valuable real estate in your closet. Let it go, Elsa.
Part 2: Clear the Closet
It’s time to tackle the clutter that’s taking up physical and emotional space in your closet. Your new criteria is to have clothes in your closet you love, that fit and flatter you, that are of your own choosing and that you could wear next week if you wanted to.
Give yourself time do the project over a day, a weekend or a few mornings or afternoons in a week. Tackle areas one-by-one, including:
• Coat closets
• Shoe storage areas
• Jewelry and accessories
• Your main closet, item-by-item (pants, tops, dresses, jackets, etc.)
• Any additional closets
You can cut the workload in half by concentrating on one season only. If you’re not going to wear something for four to six months, store those items out of sight away from your main dressing area.
You’ll feel so much better when you can open your closet and enjoy the experience of choosing clothes for the day. Can this be hard to achieve? Certainly, but let me suggest 2 resources: Both of my illustrated books, Simply Stylish and Out the Door in 15 Minutes, have chapters outlining just how to achieve a perfect closet. Or better yet, I’ll help you personally clarify, sort, organize, and arrange your closet so it serves you perfectly – I’m just a phone call or email away! (And I can do this online too.)