Do you often open your closet and stare at a closet full of clothes, yet you feel like you have nothing to wear? Then chances are good that you are looking at items that you don’t feel good wearing….. Maybe they don’t fit well anymore….. maybe they make you feel dumpy….maybe there is a button missing….
There is a better way to spend your energy in the morning. Instead of trying to mentally eliminate clothes from the ones that you do like to wear, you would be better off physically eliminating them. That way, you don’t feel frustrated every morning you chose something to wear.
Think about it. If you eliminate all the clothes you don’t like to wear, you will only see the clothes you do like to wear. Imagine opening your closet door and all you see are clothes that you love, clothes that make you feel confident. You like the way you feel about yourself when you wear these clothes. It takes very little effort to get dressed now.
If there is something missing from your wardrobe, it is so easy to identify it now. That favorite navy sweater needs to be replaced because it has holes or those beautiful but always uncomfortable heels that makes you cringe when you see them needs to be replaced with a comfortable pair. You’ll save so much time and money this way because you will actually buy what you NEED.
Don’t let your closet, or your house for that matter, be the net that catches all theflotsam and jetsam that finds its way to you. Allow what you don’t want float on to others. Allow things to be recycled, worn, and used by others. Doing so will bring happiness to others. That happiness will come back to you.
Top Ten Tips:
1. Only keep clothes, shoes and accessories that you love and that look good on you.
2. Use the rule of two: if you haven’t worn it in the last two years, then allow it to move on.
3. Notice what you like. Maybe you like the feel of knits and not of broadcloth. Now you know. In the future, only buy knits. If you like wearing certain colors and not others, only buy items in your favorite colors.
4. Your favorite colors are the ones that look best on you. For example, I do not own any green clothes because it makes me feel like Kermit the Frog.
5. The less clothes you have, the easier it is to keep them in good condition and to keep your closet organized. It takes a minute to hang up my clothes in the closet now because I am not pushing clothes aside with all my might.
6. Make sure that there are plenty of hangers available. This may happen automatically once you have cleared out unworn clothes. If not, buy some more so you don’t have to wait until you take clothes out of your closet to obtain hangers and space to hang up yesterday’s clothes.
7. Keep your laundry basket accessible. Dirty clothes should go in there, not on the floor or the back of a chair.
8. Places to give your clothes abound – consignment shops, thrift stores, clothing swaps, and your friends. If they are beyond repair, recycling the fiber or turn them into rags.
9. Using the same hangers, especially the slim ones covered in flock allow clothes to stay put and not fall on the floor. Buying them at a Costco or BJ’s or even online makes them more affordable than the store. These make organizing the closet easier.
10. Sort out the clothes first, THEN see what you need for organization. Don’t buy boxes and belt hangers and purse hooks until you know how many and what kind you need. It will save you a trip to the store.