Uncluttering your closet is not just about clothes. You are also clearing out years of internal clutter embedded in the discards. Gone are inner battles that infuse the start of each day. Gone is the guilt over buying expensive, unworn mistakes. And gone are the negative body image messages woven into clothes that no longer fit. From Unclutter Your Life by Katherine Gibson
- Avoid storage bins and organizers. If your closets and drawers are overflowing, you have too much stuff and it’s time to unclutter. Get a clutter buddy, or, for the price of a good pair of shoes, hire a wardrobe consultant or a professional organizer. Clothing stores can recommend a specialist.
- Take a realistic look at your life. Events such as a new job or a move to a new community will influence what we wear and what stagnates in the closet. Consider how you spend your leisure time. Does your job require you to meet the public? Do you work at home? Have you retired or become a parent? Let your closet reflect your current lifestyle.
- Make a date with your closet.
- Take everything out, one piece at a time.
- Place orphaned, out-of-date, and poor-fitting clothes into boxes for charity or consignment or to give away.
- Put keepers in a separate pile. These are clothes that are current and make you feel terrific.
- Analyze the keepers. Are there pieces that don’t coordinate with others? If so, chances are that they are rarely, if ever, worn. These are candidates for consignment.
- Separate, clean, and store out-of-season clothes in breathable containers away from those in current use.
- Set aside pieces that need cleaning or repair for immediate attention.
- Discard scuffed and outdated shoes. Experts say we often reach for the same two or three comfortable pairs.
- Two purses are often enough.
- We often discover non-clothes items in the closet. Put them where they belong.
- Consider creative uses for sentimental clothing. Recycle material from wedding dresses into christening gowns. Floor-length dresses can be shortened. Clothes made from beautiful material can be recast as pillow covers or place mats for special occasions.
- Install hooks in your closet for belts, scarves, and purses.
- Remember to unclutter your drawers with the same criteria as for your closet. Be ruthless with underwear and socks.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Katherine Gibson, M.Ed., the author of Unclutter Your Life: Transforming Your Physical, Mental, And Emotional Space (Copyright © 2004 by Katherine Gibson), is in demand as a speaker and workshop presenter, inspiring her audiences to choose clarity and purpose in their personal and professional lives. She has shared her wisdom with thousands on national radio and television shows, and has been featured in magazines and newspapers throughout North America. She currently lives in Victoria, B.C.
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