It’s rare to find a Professional Organizer that doesn’t follow their own advice…
I’m always saying to clients: “When it comes to your closets, get rid of/donate the old to make room for the new.” I help people (mostly women) clear out torn and stained clothes, too-small clothes, clothes with bad memories attached to them to make room for clothes that make them look and feel fabulous.
But, yet another saying comes to mind: “The shoemaker’s son has no shoes.”
You see, although I dispense this advice, lately I have been the shoemaker–too busy to tackle my own closet. My closet has been a hodge-podge of what I wore before I got pregnant six years ago, what I wore between my first and second pregnancies, what ‘kinda’ fits me now and what I’ve bought even though I’m hoping to drop another five pounds. This closet even has some clothes that pre-date my wedding day eleven years ago!
A few weeks ago while the rest of my family was out, I took an hour to sort through and purge my closet. What did I do?
• I took out anything I hadn’t worn in years and yes–literally dusted the items off.
• I made four piles: donate, throw out, keep, laundry.
• I tried on items that I thought might not fit me anymore.
• Anything that I was keeping (that had pre-pregnancy dust on it) I threw in my laundry basket.
• I counted all the empty hangers and made an appointment with myself for a little shopping…
• I donated items that were tight, that I no longer liked or suited my lifestyle.
• I wrote down what items needed replacing (white blouse, green sweater set).
• I created a drawer I call ‘Another Five Pounds’ which means, try these on again in a few months to see if they fit (mostly pants).
I bagged up all purged items and took them to Goodwill.
And I’m not done. I need another hour when the kiddies aren’t home to keep purging. Those winter clothes that didn’t fit me last year will be tried on in the next few weeks and ruthless decisions will be made. I took a quick look in that closet last week. I have a feeling I’m going to have more empty hangers…