Clearing space and getting organized is one of those top ten New Year’s resolutions that is often pushed aside by February. Why aren’t people successful at attaining this goal? The problem could be in their head. There are a few issues in there that need to be sorted out first. Once their headspace is clear, it makes clearing their physical space so much easier. Interested? Read on!
Part One: Think about what you’re holding on to
Most often, closets are filled with items that served us well sometime in the past but aren’t serving us now. Clothes from another job, marriage or decade can’t be expected to serve us the same way in present time. You’re not the same person you were a year, three years or five years ago. Imagine a closet filled with just the clothes that suit you and your lifestyle right now.
Closets can be placeholders for ill-fitting clothes in sizes that bear no resemblance to your current perfect fit. Imagine opening your closet and everything in there fits you this week. Accept yourself as you are. Once you do that, it makes it easier to get rid of clothes that don’t fit and flatter your body.
Many people hang on to things out of a sense of duty or obligation. Someone gave you a gift. It was well meaning but not suitable to you. A sister still insists on giving you her hand-me-downs even though your lifestyles are completely different. There are things you purchased yourself that were never right and you never wore them. It happens to everyone! Get it in your head that it’s okay to be surrounded by things that please you and to let other things go. Imagine living in 2014 with a closet full of clothes you love.
Part Two: Once you have a clear vision it’s time to take action
Now that you’re clear about what serves you, it’s time to tackle the clutter that’s taking up physical and emotional space in your closet. Remember, your new criteria is to have clothes in your closet that you love, that fit and flatter you, that are of your own choosing, and that you could wear next week if you wanted to. Everything else is going to go live somewhere else.
Give yourself time. If you can’t take a Saturday or a weekend to de-clutter, give yourself a few mornings or afternoons to complete this project over the course of a few short weeks. Tackle areas one-by-one, including:
- Coat closets
- Shoe storage areas
- Jewelry boxes, hooks, or drawers
- Drawers of sweaters
- Drawers of exercise clothing
- Your main closet, item-by-item (pants, tops, dresses, suits, etc.)
- Any additional closets
You can cut the workload by half if you concentrate on one season only. If you’re not going to wear something for four to six months, store those items out of sight or in an extra closet away from your main dressing area.
Quickly remove discarded items from your home. Pack them in large trash bags or boxes and plan to donate your items as soon as possible. Some charity groups even provide for pickup.
You’ll feel so much better when you open your closet and enjoy the experience of choosing clothes for the day.
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