This is the time of year stores hold sidewalk sales. Who can resist a summer clearance sale? Everyone loves a bargain. But when is a bargain not a bargain? If you have clothes with price tags still attached – months later – you’ll know what I’m talking about.
Stop now, shop later.
Before you grab that ‘too good to pass up’ deal, consider the state of your closet. If it’s crammed with clothes, but you never seem to have anything to wear, perhaps decluttering your wardrobe will add more value to your life than going shopping. At least for now.
An organized closet gives you a sense of control.
Imagine how much smoother your life will run when you can open your closet and find what you need quickly and easily. What would it be like to know that every item in your wardrobe looks and feels great on you? Before you buy more clothing, let go of items that no longer serve you. Once you’ve edited your closet, you will be able to determine exactly what you need to ‘fill the holes’ in your wardrobe. Then, armed with that list, you can go shopping with confidence.
Make decisions easier:
Here are some questions you can ask yourself to help you make decisions about what to keep and what to toss:
- Do I look and feel great in it?
- Is it me?
- Is it current and stylish?
- Does it fit me well right now?
If you answer ‘no’ to any of these questions, it’s time to let the clothing go.
Don’t let common excuses keep you stuck.
Throughout the process of editing your closet, you’ll hear yourself making all kinds of excuses why you shouldn’t get rid of certain items. Since I can’t be there to hold your hand and encourage you to just let things go, I’ve compiled a list of the most popular excuses I’ve heard – and my response to them. I hope you’ll smile when you catch yourself using some of them, and that you’ll reconsider keeping clothes that no longer serve you.
Top 7 Excuses for holding on to clothing we don’t wear:
1. It will come back in style someday.
Yes, it probably will. But the fabric and cut will be slightly different and everyone will be able to tell you have been holding on to it since 1978!
2. It will fit once I lose weight.
You may lose weight in different places and it may still not fit. It may go out of style by the time you lose the weight. Reward yourself after weight loss by buying new clothes instead of holding on to your old things.
3. I paid a lot of money for it.
And it makes you feel guilty every time you look into your closet and see it hanging there, so let go of the reminder, and the shame.
4. I wore it on my first date, the day I got promoted, etc.
Don’t let sentimental items take up valuable space in your closet. That’s like allowing the past to take up space and crowd out the present. Take a picture and let it go or keep it and store it elsewhere.
5. My husband/mother/friend bought it for me.
They’ll never know, and even if they find out, they’ll understand. They would not be happy knowing their gift has become a burden to you.
6. It needs repairs.
Put a deadline on it and let it go if you miss it.
7. I need it just in case.
This is probably the top excuse I hear, and it is based on fear. Be brave – unless you can find a specific reason to hold on to something, find the courage to let it go.
So, are you ready to tackle your closet?
Clearing your closet clears your mind and sets you up for success. It’s an act of self-care and well worth the investment. Imagine how effortless and enjoyable it will be to get ready in the morning or for a special night out. It will be a breeze because you can see and easily pull out everything you own. You’ll be more relaxed and be able to enjoy yourself. You will feel like a weight has been lifted and your energy level will rise. Now, doesn’t that feel better than the short-lived gratification you get when you shop for bargains?