“I don’t have a thing to wear!”
You know you’ve said it. Standing there at your closet (probably in underwear or a towel), looking at hanger upon hanger of clothes.
This is The Granddaddy of all the lies that lurk in your closet. The truth is you have LOTS to wear. Your closet is filled. But that’s the problem, too. It may be so packed that you can’t even see what you have, what goes together, or find what you want when you need it.
Applying the 80/20 Rule to your closet means, on a regular basis, you wear only about 20% of the clothes you own. Shocker!
By the way, don’t let organization fool you. You may have everything organized by type and color, but there can still be too much to handle in a useful way.
So, with Spring in the air, let’s think lean and clean. It’s a great time to thin out your closet so you can actually see what to wear, and wear what you have. Maybe even try out combinations that you’ve never thought of before because you couldn’t see or remember what’s there.
And, remember, having a lean and clean closet saves you time because you can find things easily. And it saves you money because you’re not re-buying things you already own but have forgotten about or simply can’t find. You’ll know what you have, and you’ll know what you have works for you.
To tackle your closet effectively, however, you must confront the THREE LIES that hinder the whole process:
“I’m saving this for when I lose weight.”
Reality Check: Even if you lose weight, you will likely still not fit in that item because you won’t be the same shape you were when you bought it. Depending on how long it’s been hanging there, waiting for you to get down to that size, time has marched on. In fact, it’s marched right over your body, and the truth is you will never be the same shape even if you return to a certain weight. Your body has changed. Things have shifted! And that outfit you adored will not reflect in the mirror as it once did. It’s time to let it go.
“I forgot I even had this! Didn’t wear it this season, but next year I’ll wear it.”
Reality Check: If you forgot you had it this year, there’s a subconscious reason there. It’s a tell-tale sign that you just really aren’t that wild about it. It could be because you’re not that fond of the color even though it was THE color of the season. Or you’re not comfortable in it. Or you just don’t feel your best confident self. Whatever the reason, chances are you’ll forget it next year, too. Don’t let it take up space from something you’ll enjoy wearing. Pass it along.
“I just need to get the right earrings/shoes/belt/ top/skirt/pants/whatever to go with this, and then I’ll wear it.”
Reality Check: If it’s been in your closet all season and you haven’t yet bought the perfect “whatever” to make it wearable, chances are slim that you’ll find what you want now, due to seasonal changes in stores and the lack of incentive on your part now that the season to wear it has passed. Give it up.
Why not do some good with those clothes that are doing you no good. Donate to help those in need. In the Los Angeles area, a great charity offering free pick ups is Hope of the Valley. Call them at (818) 392-0020 to schedule.
When you face up to the lies in your closet and purge out the things you aren’t even wearing, you’ll feel refreshed, ready for Spring, and able to make the most of what you’ve got in your closet. And that will make you feel and look great!
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