Decluttering is a word that is dear to my heart. Several months ago I read a book on organizing that changed my life…no kidding. Nothing gives me the satisfaction of seeing a well organized closet. I have done it for years with the same results. A few months later, it is time to do it again. But this time was different.
Here are the steps I used to gain control of my massive clothes collection.STEP ONE
(This is a crucial step that you can not skip)
Take all of your clothes out of the closet and put them on the bed. Every piece must come out. Leave no clothes hanging or anything on the floor.
Try on every piece of clothes (my daughter didn't want to do this step but was glad she did).
Evaluate every top, skirt, pant, coat, dress, etc.
Is there anything wrong with the piece you tried on. Is there a button missing, a pucker that drives you crazy, too short, just plain ugly? If you don't love it, donate it or sell it on ebay.
If you have clothes you love but they need altering, gather them all and take to your seamstress, but make sure they are worth the money to have altered.
Everything you put back in your closet will be clothes you love, and that fit you like a glove. You will be surprised at the combinations you can come up with once you streamline your closet.
Remember when you had nothing to wear but had a closet full of clothes? Now you have less but better choices. Everything you grab should be something that works for you.
Now is the time to shop for basics and to replace important pieces that you could no longer use.
Make a list of needs and stick to it. You will not believe how different you will shop once you do this exercise. You will be much more selective about every piece of clothing you buy.
I can't believe how much this changed my shopping habits. I don't waste money on clothes that just hang in my closet. If I buy it, it's going to be something I absolutely love.
I love to shop Goodwill and when I go now I don't come out with huge bags of clothes just because they are cheap. I come out with clothes that have been well thought out. I use my color note app on my smartphone to list clothes I'm looking for at Goodwill. It keeps me from impulse buying.
Please leave a comment to let me know how this system worked for you.