- If doesn’t fit get rid of it. Dress for the size you are now.
- If you don’t love it, use it or it doesn’t serve you on any level get rid of it.
- If there are rips, tears, missing buttons, broken zippers get rid of it.
- If it’s uncomfortable, itchy get rid of it. This goes for shoes too.
- If it was a gift and you don’t like it get rid of it! It was given to you. You get to decide what to do with the gift. It has nothing to do with the giver.
- Lastly how does it make you feel when you have it on? Do you feel special? Does it make you want to go out and have a good time? If the answer is no, get rid of it!
- One more thing don’t attach a dollar amount to the item. Just let it go.
I am all for blogs, short articles, pictures and descriptions on how to make your closet more functional, manageable, pretty, perfect. I always think that I will garner another little nugget to use with a client; or try in my own closet. But I have one gripe with the majority of the information out there…..the one problem is most closets aren’t going to look like the pictures.
The pictures show perfectly color coordinated clothing, spaced with 1/2 inch in between each piece (who has that little clothing!), with brand new shoes, clothing and shoes are perfectly coordinated, cute baskets, newly painted walls, etc, etc. you get the idea.
The reason why I don’t like the perfect pictures is they portray a false reality. They set you up for disappointment. Most people are lucky if they get the clothing out sorted, donated, and back in the closet. Let alone the perfectly staged dream closet. It isn’t realistic and I sometimes think this could be discouraging to those of you trying to do it on your own. Please please please remember most closets will not end up looking like the picture. Unless you have a generous budget allowing you to go out and hire someone to redesign your closet and get brand new fixtures, paint, containers, etc., your
closet will look mostly the same.
With that being said I don’t want you to be discouraged, just realistic. Not everyone has the funds to do the complete remodel of the closet. But we can make the space become manageable and functional so you can see all of your pretty things and make your mornings more efficient.
The point is to make the space work for you. There is always something to throw out, re-gift, donate, recycle. Not everything you have is wearable, usable, or attractive to you as it used to be.
By keeping in mind the bullet points above your closet won’t necessarily look picture perfect, but it will serve you better. You just may find thing you forgot about or thought you lost.
Put on some good music and take a weekend to make your closet as pretty as only you can make it. More importantly have fun while doing it.