It’s the beginning of a new year and the time we reflect on making improvements. We’re either resolving to lose weight, go to the gym, quit smoking, set a strict budget, or perhaps reduce clutter and get organized.
Since my background is in project management, I tend to focus on reducing clutter and organizing my “stuff”. In fact, today I’m putting away the Christmas decorations and cleaning. Well, at least I’ll continue the cleaning after I finish this post!
For us ladies, our wardrobe can be our biggest nightmare when it comes to clutter. Every day of our lives we get up and get dressed. Our closet is usually brimming full of clothes yet, some days, we stand in front of it and swear we have nothing to wear! This is not how we want to start our day – by the time we leave the house, some women can be left feeling physically and mentally drained. They may end up putting on an outfit they don’t love and then they’re starting their day in a negative mood. I have had some women tell me they don’t even want to go to work because they can’t find any outfit that makes them feel good!
If this is a situation you are facing, it doesn’t need to be that difficult. This scenario can be easily avoided simply by creating a wardrobe that works for you rather than you working for your wardrobe!
So, what can you do about this? Here’s my advice – follow this 3 step process.
- Purchase wisely
Get rid of any clothing that no longer fits you or your lifestyle. Clothes are like food – they all have “use by” dates!
Hang or store your clothes in an organized way. This is the secret to making the most of your wardrobe. Have you heard of the “Rule of Stuff” – when you can’t find something you go out and buy it again. I have to be truthful – I have followed this rule way too many times!
Every time you make a purchase it must pass the “Working Wardrobe” test: does it suit your body shape? does it have the “feel good factor?”, do you have everything else you need to wear with it? and a few other key criteria.
Three steps may sound simple but it may not be that easy for you. First of all, it is hard to let go. You haven’t worn that sweater in two years but you just can’t get rid of it because it was a special birthday present from your best friend. You paid a lot of money for that jacket that doesn’t fit but it surely will fit once you lose those 10 lbs you’ve been trying to lose forever. I admit – letting go is a difficult process.
If you find yourself in this situation just give me a call. I am experienced in coaching women through the difficult process of purging and then organizing their wardrobes. I’ll also coach you on how to purchase wisely so you end up with a Wonderful Working Wardrobe.
Many women feel energized when they see their clothes neatly organized in a clean and tidy space. They often say it frees them and they feel ready to have a fresh new image!
Is this how you’d like to feel? Need some help?