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My closets are full but I have nothing to wear. Have you ever felt like that? I have; yep, been there and done that. It was so frustrating until I found a way to make my closets work with me.
Divide and Conquer
The secret is to divide and conquer. Have clothes that don’t fit anymore? Take them out of your bedroom closet and put them in a closet down the hall. Or better yet, donate them to someone who can use them now, while they are still in fashion.
Do you have all of your pants, shirts and skirts mixed together? Separate them out to make it easier for your eyes to focus on what you’re looking for. And one of the greatest tips for making it easy to locate what you want is to organize by color. For example, put all your short sleeve shirts in order from lightest to darkest. Then put all of your sleeveless shirts in order from lightest to darkest. If your closet holds clothes for all seasons, either move the upcoming season to another closet, or keep them far to the left in your closet, out of sight and out of touch. You’ll be amazed at how much easier it is to find what you want instantly.
Moving soon? Place all the items you are going to donate to the far left of your closet (or in another closet) so you can grab them when you have the boxes and containers and are ready to fill your vehicle with the items or the pickup truck is on its way.
Many other great tips can be found in The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo, a Japanese home organizing and cleaning consultant, who helps people simplify, organize and store everything in their homes. She has a special chapter just on clothes which can be immensely helpful to those struggling with full closets.
If something in your closet doesn’t give you pleasure when you wear it, make you feel like your look your best, set it aside in another closet and see if you don’t ever wear it. When six months passes (okay, for you die-hards, one year) perhaps it’s time to realize you never wear it because you instinctively know this. Give it to someone who will shine in it; you will be making yourself and someone else happy at the same time.
Don’t Pay a Million
Contact Moving Forward if you wish one of our consultants to come to your home and help you divide and conquer, separate your wardrobe by color and season or declutter and organize any papers or area in your home. We’ll work alongside you and also share systems where you can do the project yourself. You are not committed to contract a set amount of time and can decide to take back the project whenever you decide.
Finally, a way to find something in your closet to wear which makes you feel like a million bucks . . . at a cost you can control and afford.