HAVE YOU BEEN FEELING OVERWHELMED AFTER THE HOLIDAYS?
The most useful tool to get you from feeling overwhelmed to organized is a de-cluttering exercise!
Women who described their homes as “cluttered” or full of “unfinished projects” reported feeling depressed, fatigued and, had higher levels of the stress hormone cortisol than women who felt their homes were “restful” and “restorative,” according to a study in the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.
There is no better time than the New Moon (read more about lunar cycle in our article here) or better place than your closet to start de-cluttering! A thinned out closet saves us time, stress, money & energy.
Here's how you can start with five simple steps:
1. Start simple. Begin with removing items that are damaged (stains, tears, stretched out or shrunken & faded clothing). If it is no longer in wearable condition there is no room for it in your closet. (Note: damaged items CAN still be donated to your local charity).
2. Fit first. This is a hard area for a lot of my clients. Those who have not cleaned out their closets in a long time will be sure to have a number of items that do not fit right and, you will be shocked to know how much these items weigh you down mentally, emotionally & physically! Whether your size changes, your fit preferences have changed, or items have stretched or shrunk - these garments need to be removed. I make all of my clients try on at least 80% of their wardrobe for this reason.
3. Only keep things that “SPARK JOY”. The Marie Kondo method is an organizational & de-cluttering strategy I swear by in my everyday life and when working with clients. In one of her New York Times bestselling books, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, she asks the question,“does it spark joy?” to every item.
If you ask yourself this question when de-cluttering it will force you to only keep things that are important to you. Shedding all the negative energy of guilty purchases, ill-fitting items, past items that don’t reflect who you or who you want to be & items you are keeping out of guilt (i.e. “someone else gave this to me, so I should keep it”) is a refreshing way to bring new, clean energy into your daily life.
4. Categorize by season. Remove items from your closet that are not relevant to the current season (and move them to another closet). This is a great way to free up space allowing for your closet and mind to breathe. As an example, in the summer we tend to put our "winter coats" away as they do not need to be interfering with your sunny flow of energy at that time.
5. Jewelry. This is one hard piece of the puzzle, mostly because these items can hold sentimental value that can be hard to let go of. Often, we keep pieces but never wear them for many reasons, like the attachment to a memory, event or person. My advice? It's time to let go and make space so that new pieces, for new occasions can make their way into your life and, dedicate a special space for them. For Rocking Vibe jewelry, the intention pyramid is a great way to keep the jewelry safe and organized.
Once you have taken the time to de-clutter your wardrobe, you will have a better picture of what you really wear, what you really need and the potential gaps that you might want to fill. This practice makes room for you to create a fun seasonal shopping list of basics and fashion trends that makes your wardrobe creative, useful and fun season after season.
When ready, apply 'the de-clutter way' to your everyday life, you will soon realize that less is more!
Fashion Buyer turned Mom, Co-Owner of Online Resortwear Boutique FlyingFlamingos.com & Personal Shopper & Wardrobe Consultant.