Statistics indicate that most women wear 20% of their wardrobe 80% of the time. TWENTY percent! Let's put that into another context: If my math is correct, this means you're wearing one out of every five items in your closet four out of five days of the week. Whoa.
With this in mind, I have a little project for those of you who are interested in playing along.
Go to your closet and start pulling items you haven't worn in more than a year.
• Pull out those items that don't fit properly.
• Pull out anything you don't really like but were keeping for sentimental value.
• Pull out anything that makes you feel bad or guilty (i.e. you may have spent a lot of money on it).
• Pull out those items that need to be repaired or tailored and ask yourself if you love it enough to have it tailored or repaired. Bonus points: put those loved-but-needs-repair-items in a bag and set it by the front door so you'll take them with you to the tailor the next time you leave the house.
Gather all of the clothing from your reject pile (and shoes, handbags, belts, jewelry, hats, socks, underwear) and place everything in an empty box or a grocery bag or a trash bag.
Visit my resources page to determine which organization will be the lucky recipient of your items or choose another organization not listed on the page.
If the organization offers donation pick up, schedule a day for pick up. If they don't, be sure to schedule a day on your calendar to drop off your items.
Now go back to your closet and admire your achievement. Admire all of the space you've cleared, the guilt you've removed, the outfits you actually LOVE right there, front and center! Congratulations, you win!
If this entire process feels overwhelming to you, imagine the unworn items in your closet and how much joy they will bring to someone in need. How does that feel? Or, imagine completing this project over the course of several days in bite-sized time increments. If this feels less intimidating to you, go back to Step 1 and begin the process, but today only focus on the items you haven't worn for more than one year. Once complete, put those items in a box and take a break. Congratulate yourself on your accomplishment and tomorrow pull anything you don't like but were keeping for sentimental value. Add to your pile. The next day, pull out the items that make you feel bad or guilty. Add to your pile. And so on. Just take baby steps. You can still reach that goal if you make the commitment to yourself.
If your closet still feels insurmountable but you want to do something about it and aren't sure where to begin, consider hiring me to help you. Together we'll sort through those items and I'll help you through the decision and donation processes. We'll take the time you need in order to live with less and create space for what matters.