One place we go to on a regular basis is our closets. Some closets are well organized and other are, well let’s just say, a mess. Some have a minimal amount of clothes in them and others have enough clothes to dress a room full of people. Having been in both camps and now rather enjoying the more organized minimal approach. Perhaps it’s time to confidentially chat about what’s in your closet.
Admitting You’re A Clothes Hoarder.
One of the first steps in moving forward is admitting that maybe you just have a few too many clothes in the closet for one person. Maybe that old shirt from ten years ago might be just a little bit worn out and tired. Perhaps those slacks just don’t fit you like they did back in the day and more importantly are probably out of fashion no matter what you tell yourself. Believe it or not, that Hawaiian shirt is just, well, awful. One of the things you can do to help thin out your closet is to pull everything out and start making piles. One pile for things you want, one pile to donate, and one pile for rags or to throw out.
Asking Your Friends.
If you’re honest with yourself you might find it helpful to bring a friend over to help you. Friends will be brutal. When asking my friends while wearing a garment they would say it looks great but when they know that there is a pile of clothes going to good will they are quick to add that same garment to that pile. It can be hard to get rid of the things that you have had for centuries even if you never wear them. Nevertheless, the fact is those clothes are just cluttering up your life and making it hard to choose what to wear on a daily basis. Once you have your save these clothes pile you will want to try each garment on while your friend is still there with you to help you evaluate if they are a keeper or to get rid of item. Many times what you may think looks good on you may actually look terrible for one reason or another. There are areas that you can’t see as well, like your backside, that are not complementary to you or you’re body type. Maybe those jeans are just not as complementary as when you first bought them. My closet was filled with nice jeans but all of them where too large and boxy looking. There was even a pair of jeans with the tag on them that fit fine but the style was gone a long time ago, those do to the donate pile.
Rethinking Your Style.
Perhaps you will have the opportunity ask one of your friends that, you think is an esthetically great dresser to help you find clothes that fit your body correctly and that are going to be in style for more than a week. Consider shopping at a well know department store and buying one or two garments that will last due to the quality rather than buying a bunch of clothes at the outlet mall because they were cheap. If you do that, you are going to be right back where you started. Good quality clothes are going to be more expensive but you are going to look a lot better, the clothes are going to last longer, and you’re not going to have a huge pile of clothes in your closet.
Now that your closet has been cleaned out it’s time to organize. The best way to do this is to get a closet organizer from your local retail store. Consider getting new hangers, not those plastic kind, so that your closet looks good. You are going to go to your closet everyday ones or twice a day so you want to design your closet space to be attractive to visit. Take pride in organizing your clothes by size, color, indoor clothes or outdoor. Suites with suites, jackets with jackets, slacks with slacks and so on. This makes it much easier to find your clothes and it just looks nice. The next thing you can do is to have your shoes in boxes or in your shoes organizer so you can see them paired up. Also keeping things like ties or scarfs so they are easy to find for those times when you need them. Also keeping your jewelry organized can be extremely helpful when it comes time to matching them to your clothes and making sure your earrings or cufflinks are matched up.
Time To Celebrate
Taking these steps can be challenging and if you are able to get through the chore of organizing your closet space, I guarantee it will make you feel a lot better. You should be proud of yourself and take some time to celebrate your new closet as a way to have a new outlook on how you dress and how you shop.