FASHION FORWARD: Unclutter Your Life…and Closet

By on January 1, 2013
January Fashion Forward

“Organizing is what you do before you do something,
so that when you do it, it is not all mixed up.”
- A.A. Milne, creator of Winnie-the-Pooh

Simplify! Make a strategic move to remove the clutter from your life.  Some of us have work to do from the inside out when we think about how to simplify our lives; others have to address the surroundings in which we live. Inside our homes can be the most stimulating or draining of environments.
 
On Physical Clutter: Are you hoarding something in your home? Did you know some people are born hoarders? They’re not lazy or stubbornly attached to their possessions; they may actually be genetically pre-disposed to live the life of a pack rat. The impact of possessions on someone’s ability to live comfortably plays a large role in differentiating hoarders from collectors. It’s not the number of possessions, or the possessions themselves that differentiates hoarders from collectors but three cognitive and behavioral attributes – perception of value, ability to maintain functionality in living spaces, and expression of pride in one’s possessions.
 
Revamp Your Closet: Get rid of anything you haven’t worn in three years. The purging of clothing can be one of the most difficult but one of the most rewarding processes to experience. I make it a rule that when I invest in new items for my wardrobe that the same number of unworn items need to be removed from my closet. Consign, donate and re-purpose will make the process more rewarding.
 
Our collection of clothing and the components of our wardrobe can become staggering if we don’t keep it in control. Our style, lifestyle and size changes can create a collection of garments that hold some positive and perhaps negative memories. The time is now to touch those pieces that will never fit again, purge the negative energy from your wardrobe, make dressing each day an exciting experience not frustrating. 
 
On Emotional Clutter: Our baggage of hopes, fears, and relationships. You’ve probably heard it a hundred times or more – if you want to reduce the stress in your life you need to simplify. This is much easier said than done, of course, and there is no shortage of experts who are happy to tell you exactly how to do it. 

All of that advice and guidance can quickly become confusing and even overwhelming – so much for simplifying your life! Emotional clutter comes in all shapes and sizes.

Your ‘mess’ does not make you a bad person. Organizing is about creating an environment that helps you be your best. It is all about freeing up some space. We all collect “stuff” along the way – it is inevitable. Eventually space runs out, though, and our stuff turns into clutter that has an impact on our lives – consciously or unconsciously.

Simplify your space by getting rid of one or two things each month that no longer make sense to keep. You’ll be surprised at just how refreshing it is to reclaim even a little bit of space.
     
Ring out the old. Invite in the new. As we say goodbye to one year, we can look forward to the hope and possibilities of another one. Every day holds the possibility of a miracle!

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