And, as I was putting my laundry away last week, I suddenly had the urge to drag out the folded items from a small 2 foot, 4 shelf section of my closet--the clothes were getting a little out of control, tipping over and well, messy! With fall arriving, I knew there was some editing and rearranging to be done.
I just did ONE section (it’s all I had time for) and pulled out first the jeans and pants, then the tops and sweaters, edited, refolded and, I timed it, it took me 20 minutes. One bag for donation and an idea of what to buy to create a few, fun outfits--3 or 4 long sleeved T-shirts and a pair of jeans, if you must know :)
Consciously editing and consciously shopping is a tool that can be useful if you want your closet to “fit” you and your life. It might be an adjustment in your approach, and it might take some practice, but give it a try!
My friend, Christyn, said to me the other day, “ I went through my closet, Jane, I was so proud of myself...there is now a section of clothes that is ON PROBATION.”
HA! I love this idea! She was not quite ready to let them go, although in my experience the “maybe pile” usually ends up leaving the premises:) Instead of letting the editing process slow her down or getting stuck with a few items she wasn’t sure about, she put them on probation:
(I imagined it going something like this…)
“Ok, Clothes, you’ve got yourselves a 3 month probation...It I don’t choose you or find you off the hanger and on my body in that amount of time, you are going out into the world to charm someone else.”
Kelly (Organizing Specialist on our team) also says, “After I edited my clothes, it seemed like I had MORE to wear because I could see them all!”
Kelly also removed the “fat clothes” from under her bed--said she could just hear them taunting her. Why keep clothes that are too big? No one’s EVER hoping to grow back into the too big ones, am I right?
Lots of love