Is your closet bulging with clothes that you no longer wear, clothes that you might wear given a different life, clothes that no longer fit, clothes that have seen better days, clothes that have lost their appeal or just bring a frown to your face?
If you answered, "Yes," then I understand because I have been where you stand...just outside the closet door, dreading it even though it holds an abundance of beautiful things. Why? Because they are crowded by the other "stuff," the stuff that needs a new and grateful home.
Spring is just around the corner and wouldn't it be nice to open the door to your closet and love what you see? How much time would you save having just what you need to get dressed quickly and in a style that suits you? Wouldn't it be refreshing to have room in your closet for that something new that makes your heart sing?!
If you have been following me on Facebook, then you know that I have been exploring closet organization strategies. My reason for doing this was two-fold.
First of all, a personal closet review was long overdue. Second of all, several people have asked my thoughts regarding Marie Kondo's Konmari Method.
So, I began there, utilizing "The Magic Art of Tidying Up," by Marie Kondo. How convenient that she asks that you begin your "tidying up" journey by sorting and purging your clothing.
I admit that I was tentative at first which only served to slow down the entire process. But, once I embraced her "pull-it-all-out-and-only-keep-what-sparks-joy" methodology, it worked. I honestly love everything in my closet, well almost everything. There are still a few pieces that I am holding in reserve.
That said, less is definitely better! But what to do with it all?!
My mother will tell you that she loves my style. But, she has to say that though 'cuz she's my mom. I LOVE styling others. As for myself, I struggle a little bit unless I adhere to my must-have trifecta: Cut, Color, and Comfort.
Enter my second closet strategy: reading and studying the content in "The Curated Closet," by Anuschka Rees. Such a useful book filled with beautiful visuals and practical ideas regarding building a wardrobe that reflects what you need for the life that you lead.
I spent an entire weekend reviewing my pared down closet, studying colors and shapes and patterns, thinking about where and how I spend my time, and remembering what I love about clothing. I know, I can hear you laughing or scolding now, wondering how you are going to find an entire weekend to devote to your clothing and closet overhaul. Sadly, or as luck would have it, I had a nasty virus and needed something to keep my cabin fever at bay.
As they say, when the student is ready, the teacher will come. I was a captive audience.
So here is my take away from my weekend of closet review, reflection, and revision:
1. There is no shame in having nice things in your closet. After all, we cannot run around naked. Feeling good in your clothing allows you to get on with your day in a confident manner.
2. Less IS more. It takes less time to put outfits together when everything you own suits your style and your life.
3. Play with outfitting and take notes and photos for later. Really!
4. Keep a few go-to outfits ready for those times that you are rushing or are over-scheduled (who me?!). You will thank yourself later, trust me!
5. Sharing feels good. Let go of the garments that you no longer wear, need, or love while someone else can still benefit from them.
6. My three personal criteria for clothing must be met or I am throwing money away. If a garment is not comfortable, not a good cut for my body, or not a color that I feel confident wearing, then I say, "No!"
7. I am clear on what I like and on what I need , but am in no hurry to add to my wardrobe unless I LOVE it.
8. I have a good foundational, neutral wardrobe. Adding pops of color is where I will focus my efforts next! I see shades of red, raspberry, and greens in my future.
9. Strategic placement of my garments has streamlined the time it takes to choose an outfit. As I returned garments to my closet, I considered how and where I would be wearing them. Work clothes are together, clothing for outings are separate from what I wear when I do heavy organizing jobs. You get the idea.
10. Time spent planning and organizing saves you time in the long run!
My advice to you as I close this chapter is this: Take time to review, reflect, and revise what you already have in your closet before adding anything new. Be honest with yourself and let go of what is just getting in your way. You may find that you already have what you need. If not, you will definitely have a clearer picture of what is missing to make getting dressed easier.
Cheers to finding less stress and more joy in your closet.