Is this you? Closet stuffed with clothes and nothing to wear?
At most times, this is all of us women. Moms, working women, students, grandmothers. We lack confidence in our own decisions, time, and money.
So: We buy clothes because they’re on sale or because we saw them in a magazine. Get them home, don’t really like them. Too busy to return them. Do you chuck them away? Of course not, you paid good money for them! What about that sweater you loved when you were 27? Might wear it again. And your job doesn’t call for suits but you might need a suit jacket in the near future…
The brutal fact is, your life would be so much easier if you committed to a style. When you have a few items in your wardrobe, all of which look good on you, guess what – YOU CAN’T GO WRONG.
Work with us here. You get up late. Instead of running to your closet and going “Oh shoot ughhhh what do I wear!? AAARGH it’s all dirty or at the dry cleaners” you have five or six simple options. Leggings and flat boots. Tailored trousers and low heels. A skirt, jacket, and flats, with a big tote you stuff your comfiest heels, and necessities in for work.
You shower and blow dry your hair. Then you go to your bathroom mirror, five basics are laid out for you; BB cream, bronzer, brown eyeshadow, clear lip gloss. You’re made-up in less than one minute, go to the closet and pick any of these outfits.
You’re out the door and you look great. You look professional. You look pulled-together. You feel stylish and attractive. However your day goes at the office/on the go/ schlepping the kids, you look and feel confident. You’re happier and able to cope.
Give yourself the gift of one hour in your wardrobe with a black trash bag. (you know the one, BIG and heavy duty) Now it’s time to toss, not only all the obvious fails, but anything you haven’t worn for a year – and go one further – throw out GOOD stuff that doesn’t WOW you. Any “It’s OK but it’s not great” stuff.
Every organization blog, book, and pro will tell you to sort your stuff into three piles, chuck, donate, keep and put away. That’s just not going to work. Get ONE large bag. (Or two) Put ALL the non-great clothes into it. Google ‘clothes donation’ and donate them. If there is no clothes donation within easy enough reach, THROW THEM AWAY. DON’T HESITATE OUT OF GUILT. (You can make a monetary donation to a charity later)
So you’re left with a scarily empty closet? That’s OK. Everything in it looks amazing on you and fits you and your lifestyle perfectly. Declutter your clothes, improve your style, de-stress your life.
It’s a philosophical thing. It’s not hard to see that we are all living in a consumer driven age. We ALL have entirely TOO MUCH STUFF and it is driving us crazy, stressing us out. We are afraid to write off mistakes because they cost us money. We are frantic, confused and the way we look contributes to the stress of our lives.
This may shock you, but what about the idea of a highly consolidated ‘capsule wardrobe’? Living the motto ‘less is more’.
As Coco Chanel once said “But how can the Englishwomen be chic? They have far too many clothes.”
Ladies, it’s time for a revolution in your lives. Less stuff = more style. More style = more confidence. More confidence = more success. Believe in your beauty and your best self, think of your life as a permanent vacation, and travel light.
In that hideous mess you call a closet are some amazing dresses. Wouldn’t it be fun to find them – and actually wear them?
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