When was the last time you took a good hard look through your closet, your shoe rack and all those drawers that you cramthings into? Is your closet full of clothes you no longer wear? Is looking for something to wear giving you anxiety? Maybe it’s time to de-clutter!
Regardless of where you start, I believe the most important step is to decide if you’re strong enough to do this on your own and if not, find a friend to be your conscience or hire a professional.
From here, it’s not complicated; you’re going to create three piles:
1. Things to Keep
2. Things to Throw Away
3. Things to Donate/Recycle
As you work your way through the items to keep ask yourself the following questions:
1. Do I love it?
2. Do I wear it?
3. Does it project the best image of myself?
4. Do they pinch my toes; are they the heels to high?
When it comes to items to throw away, this is as simple as taking a good close look for stains, discoloration, etc. and knowing it’s no longer suitable for anyone to wear.
Items to donate are the items that are still worthy of being worn again – just not by you!
Admittedly, I think our closet is a tough task. We become so attached to clothes that either remind us of amazing moments when we’ve worn them or it’s that piece of clothing that no longer fits us but somehow we hold onto to the idea of fitting into it again which could happen and thinking we’ll feel amazing in it again. Unfortunately here’s what I’ve learned, regardless of what I paid for it, how amazing it felt when I wore it, if I haven’t worn it in a long time, I generally can’t recapture that original feeling. I feel like I’ve put something old on and can’t get past this feeling. When that’s the feeling you get, you know it’s time to get rid of it. The classic pieces that are timeless are keepers as long as when you put it on you still feel amazing in it; remember it’s about the way you feel. I know when my closet is filled with the things that I love to wear even if there are fewer pieces, this is were less is more, I feel amazing, pretty and authentic. I am the best expression of myself!
The most important and last piece of advice is don’t have any regrets. Once it’s gone, don’t look back and think you wish you hadn’t done so. Ultimately, all the stuff that we collect and surround ourselves with is just stuff, don’t get me wrong I love my stuff but I like the idea of keeping only the things that make be feel beautiful not only on the outside but also on the inside. After all, too much stuff is just too much!