Living in a tiny Brooklyn apartment it is easy to feel like I am overwhelmed with stuff, aka crap. My 2 kids are constantly collecting things like birthday goody bags or random lovies or sticker books from family members.
A couple times a year i get so excited for the huge box of clothes my mother sends for my girls until i start to unpack it and realize i have absolute NO closet space left...or under the bed space...or inside the couch space (ikea couches rule). Since magically transporting a house with a yard into the middle of Park Slope isn’t really an option, i am going to have to do my best with the 900 sq ft. space i call home.
Twice a year I purge my closet space to make room for the new and fabulous seasonal clothing that i obviously will be purchasing. “Whoa, just wait a minute there. I love ALL of my clothes and i need them!” Do you? Do you actually wear all of the clothing you own or are you holding on to it for other reasons like: you are going to lose weight, or maybe you will gain weight, or i wore it on my honeymoon 15 yrs ago etc.
I realize that getting rid of some of our things is really hard and can even feel a bit traumatic for some of us but, when it is all over and you are staring into your de-cluttered, organized space you will feel like a new person ready to take on the world. You really will!
TO MAKE THE TRANSITION A LITTLE EASIER I HAVE PUT TOGETHER MY TOP 3 TIPS FOR PARTING WITH YOUR CLOTHES.
1. If you haven’t worn it in a year then it is time to let it go. In most states we will go through four seasons in a year and if you haven’t worn that item in every weather and situation in an entire year you probably won’t. ever.
2. If the item doesn’t fit properly (too small, too big) or it needs to be tailored but has been sitting in your closet with the tags still on it for the last 6 months because you “haven’t had time to take it in” then i have news for you. You don’t care about it enough to keep it. Make sure you try everything on!!! Nothing looks the same on the hanger as it does on you...unless you look like a hanger.
3. You want to keep it for sentimental reasons. This is a tough one. If the item falls into one of the categories above then it really should go, however; getting rid of something you are extremely attached to can do more damage emotionally than good. Some options are to take a photo of the item for prosperity and then part with it or keep the item in a small bin in storage or under the bed. The goal is to get it out of your closet and maybe one day you will be ready to part with it.
SO YOUV’E PARTED WITH SOME OF YOUR STUFF, NOW WHAT? WELL, FIRST OF ALL, CONGRATULATIONS! THE WORST PART IS OVER.
You should decide which organization you want to donate your clothing to. Some Salvation Army’s will pick up donated clothing. One of my go to organizations is Housing Works but you will need to fill your own bags and drop them off. Or if you have expensive high end items you can choose to consign them.
Have a designated place in your closet for everything. For example, i have a small shelving unit in my closet that houses all of my jeans/pants and sweaters. I put t-shirts, pajamas, shorts and undergarments in my dresser drawers. That leaves my hanging space for dresses and outerwear. My purses and bags are lined up on a shelf in my closet. All the out of season clothing i store in plastic bins (easier to see what is inside) under my bed.
Remember to utilize all of your space. Places like the Container Store or Ikea have some great storage solutions. And if you are one of those people that are completely overwhelmed by the thought of the purging process or figuring out what should go where, you could consider hiring a personal stylist or closet organizer to help you.
And last but not least, don’t try and do it all at once! I usually set an entire weekend away to tackle my children’s closet and another weekend to tackle my own. The goal is to feel less stressed out not more.
I do a lot of my work from home so, when the house isn’t clean it is almost impossible for me to think. I end up feeling anxious until i get out my vacuum and windex. Clutter or the lack of clutter effects both our physical and emotional self. When you wake up every morning and open your closet do you want to feel overwhelmed, full of anxiety and tempted to just crawl back in bed? Or would you rather feel calm, excited to rock your favorite outfit and ready to take on the day? That’s what i thought.