Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Should I stay or should I go now?

If I go there will be trouble, if I stay it will be double.  So come on and let me know, should I stay or should I go? 

If the stuff in my closet could sing, this would be its' song.  My closet is a mess and I am on a rampage.  At first glance, between the clothes on the racks, the two dressers and the boxes, I'm guesstimating that one-third to one-half of the contents have got to go. 

But how do I decide? 

Easy.  I scream at each piece:  JUSTIFY YOUR EXISTENCE! WHY ARE YOU TAKING UP SPACE IN MY CLOSET?

What can I say? Sometimes, I just have to get loud.

In the past, after I asked this question, my clothes would say, "Meh, we don't know. But we're fine here, so why don't you just close the door and let us get some rest?"  And I would quit on my closet makeover before it even started.

But no more.  Now, as I'm cleaning out my closet and screaming "JUSTIFY YOUR EXISTENCE!" I'm not even waiting for an answer--into the "get rid of" box they go.


However, should you decide that a calmer process would make things easier in your quest for closet zen, then here are some handy questions you can ask yourself as you ponder over each piece of clothing:

1. Do I love this item?
2. Does this item love me back?  By that, I mean: does it make me look good?
3. Do I already have something else just like it?
4. Is this item in good condition? If not, can it be easily and inexpensively fixed? Is it worth repairing?
5. How often do I wear this?

Each article of clothing you save should be something you really like, feels good to wear, makes you look good, and wearable within the next three weeks (seasonally appropriate, of course).  If a garment is ill-fitting, no longer your size or style or causes you pain to wear it, then by all means, get rid of it. 

Everyone deserves a wardrobe they are happy with and a great closet space.  By tossing/donating items that don't work for you, you allow great pieces to shine and do what they should be doing...making you feel (and look) your best. Plus, a cleaner closet will save you money in the long run, since you will be able to see what you already own and thus avoid buying duplicate items, and your clothes will have less wear and tear if they are hung/stored properly.  Clear out your closet now and reclaim your wardrobe!

1 comment:

Sunny simple life said...

Last year I literally got rid of any clothes I hadn't worn in the last year. It was scary but you know I am so happy I did. Content with what is left and I was wearing anyway. My closets are small but they still sort of bare looking. It feels good. Simple.