Thursday, January 9, 2014

NYNS: Decluttering Closets

Happy New Years Everyone! As cliche as it is I just have to say it, 2013 passed by SO quickly, it was such a big year of changes with a lot of highs and lows, if you knew me in real life you would really understand why I'm so happy for this fresh new year. Anyways, I wrote earlier about my own personal resolutions, and thought it would be fun to put together a few posts to inspire others to maybe pick up a new habit, or make new goals for themselves this year. As I explained before I've never been all about strict resolutions because I am a glutton for punishing myself when I don't follow through and it just always ends up a disaster, so instead I'm going to put forth some potential lifestyle changes that I believe everyone should think about and partake in. So this new series "New Years New Self" is all about opening up to new ideas to live your life differently.

First up is embracing the idea of decluttering your life, more specifically I have closets in mind, or just wardrobes in general. One big source of anxiety in my life really has to be clothes. From picking out an outfit everyday, to just staring at the pileup of clothing articles that just litter my room I've come up with a few suggestions to help ameliorate this situation.

  • DON'T separate your winter and summer wardrobes. This is especially beneficial for those with limited closet space. When you find yourself packing away clothes for the season that frees up a ton of space in your closet and then you easily justify shopping sprees because there is space.
  • Challenge yourself each week by pulling out seven pieces of clothing you haven't worn in awhile and incorporating one piece each day into your outfit. At the end of the week if there was something you didn't wear, toss it into a donation bin.
  • Pull pieces from your closet that you haven't worn in the last six months (that wasn't due to weather) and place it in a bag or bin out of sight. If after another six months you haven't found yourself thinking about or reaching for a particular item in there, it's time to donate it. Chances are if you haven't worn it in a year, you aren't going to wear it anytime soon (if ever).
  • Organize your closet by color. This may seem silly, but it's a great way to hunt out duplicates and understand your color preferences better. This is also a great tip to help with shopping, it helps you visualize your closet better and prevent reaching for the same things over and over.
  • Remember that memories aren't belongings. I definitely find myself a victim of this. I have an entire drawer dedicated to clothing from my sorority that I have been reluctant to give up. A lot of times memories are attached to items which are hard to part with, so my solution to this is to re-purpose them! A clothing quilt is a great way to turn those t-shirts into a functional throw where you can keep remembering and not take up a whole drawer. 
  • DO sort through your clothing and great rid of all of those "one day" items. Those jeans that you will one day fit into again? They aren't doing anything but gathering dust and making you feel guilty everytime you stumble across them.
  • Put it away as soon as you take it off. Whether it is back into your closet, or into the laundry basket, the second an article of clothing leaves your body put it where it belongs. Not only does it cut down the mess in your room, but again you aren't fooled by empty hangers to go out and buy more.
What are some of your favorite tips for cleaning up your closets and managing your wardrobe?

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