Ask yourself these questions:
- Have you ever felt like you have nothing to wear but your closet is filled with clothes?
- Do you have clothing that you continue to wear despite holes and stains?
- Have you ever bought a shirt that you’ve hung up in your closet and never worn?
If you answered yes to all, two, or just one of the above, you’re in the same boat as me and, most likely, in need of a closet makeover.
Too Many Options
Today, I made the brave decision to try to conquer the disaster that is my closet. It literally was busting through my closet doors and then my bed looked like this (pictured right). This is when I realized something significant:
All of my options were overwhelming and I needed to downsize.
So I decided to limit my options without getting rid of half of my closet for good. Here are the five things I did that made all the difference:
- I packed away all my summer clothes. Even though I live in Las Vegas and it still isn’t quite fall yet, it is time to transition into fall and winter colors. Everything that is strictly spring and summer wear found its way into a plastic bin.
- The clothes with holes and stains that I have, for an irrational reason, been unable to let go of… well, I let them go. They went into a bag for recycling or under the sink to be future dust rags.
- The things I have bought but have NEVER worn were either sorted into “I will try to wear this” or “I should just donate this now.” Surprisingly, most of the clothes I kept in an effort to challenge myself to stop wearing the same four outfits over and over again.
- My ten, yes ten, “Fifth Grade Rocks” shirts (I am a former fifth grade teacher) have collected dust for the past four months. There are a lot of memories stitched into the fabric of these simple t-shirts and so I’ve decided to make a t-shirt quilt like this one here I found on Pinterest.
- DONATION TIME! The things that I don’t like, won’t wear, and don’t fit ended up in a garbage bag to deliver to one of my favorite secondhand stores, Savers.
Freedom from Clutter
Now I am not afraid to open my closet, my guest bedroom is clean, and my clothes are collecting cat hair on the floor anymore. I decided to hang up my clothes by category: Dresses, skirts, pants, t-shirts, long sleeves, and jackets. I’m considering changing it up and grouping items together by color. Has anyone tried this or both? Which do you like better? Comment below or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.