Spring is right around the corner, which means it’s almost time for spring cleaning! To avoid being stuck inside when the sun is shining, get a jump-start now by tackling one of the bigger projects – your closet. Having a disorganized, overflowing closet can create stress, making you feel overwhelmed while simultaneously believing you have nothing to wear (because you can’t find it!).
And if you are anything like us – you aren’t sure what fits right anymore.
So, we decided to just go for it. We walked into the closet and didn't overthink it.
Our mantra was: I love it on me – Yes? Then keep. Am I not sure about this item – then donate! The worst is when you stare at pieces or outfits longing to wear them, but don't really love them on – but think one day it will work out – and it really can feel discouraging. So why not focus on only keeping the items that make you feel good now, today?
There are several benefits to decluttering such as reducing stress, improves sleep, boosts creativity, rids the space of allergens, makes it easier to keep clean and you often will find lost treasures! Decluttering and revealing your new space is also a sense of accomplishment – makes you feel better in having been productive and doing something for yourself. Here are some tips to get your started – at least in your closet:
Set up a space for items you will keep, donate/sell and garbage (for items you can't donate)
Remove absolutely everything from your closet – everything! This will give you the opportunity to do a deep clean and a likely much needed dusting of shelves and drawers. It will also provide you with a clean canvas so to speak when you start putting things back.
Bring with you the mentality of "purging anything that doesn't make you smile". A tip from Marie Kondo's book The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Upis to assume you will get rid of everything and just keep the items you absolutely love and use.
For all the items you decide to keep (and truly love) place them back neatly. I ordered these hangers from amazon for a uniform feel and to keep things tidy.
Get rid of your "donate/sell" items as soon as possible. It is extremely tempting to dig back into those piles and make excuses to keep more. Once you get rid of it – you will feel lighter and relieved.
This isn't easy. It is difficult to let go of attachments you might have made, sentiments you may associate with different things. However the fact that you did it – you deserve a reward. Treat yourself. Maybe a date night or a girls evening (virtual as applicable).
Once you tackle something smaller like your closet, trust me – you will get going with the rest of your house. This is a great time to start too – by spring, you will feel like a new person in a new home. Good Luck!
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