Fall Closet Cleaning 101


By: Honey Good

Out of clutter find simplicity.-Albert Einstein

In my opinion, fall is the best time of the year to sort through our closet. Fall symbolizes shedding. The trees lose their leaves and I think it’s best if both our closets and our minds followed suit and shed unnecessary clutter as well. But oh boy, I know it’s hard. Have no fear, I have a few pointers for you.

I went into my closet to “begin anew.” While doing so I knew I had many items I hadn’t worn in years, didn’t really fit or were just simply out of style, I dreaded trying to weed through everything. But I came up with a plan – the “one year rule.” If it hangs in the closet or sits in a drawer for a year unworn, it’s time to say “buh-bye.”

Easier said than done, but done it must be! Trying to make a plan that caused the least amount of emotional pain and thinking how jumbled my mind was as I entered “my space” I decided to ask myself these questions:

  1. Does it fit -- honestly?
  2. Would I buy it again?
  3. Do I love it?
  4. How many pairs of black pants or jeans do I really need?

My theory: Stuff suffocates. Simplicity liberates.

The first thing I did was look at my clothes that were similar in style and color. How many pairs of black trousers, t-shirts, blouses and sweaters did I need? How many pair of black boots, heels and flats were comfortable enough that I actually wore? I began to shed. Sooner than later the feeling of liberation was taking over.

After taking a step back to view my closet binge, it was nice to know that donating all of these items would ultimately mean that someone else would have the chance to enjoy them. But within minutes of admiring my neatly organized closet the shopper in me recognized “I have so much room to acquire more!”

So Orchid (my dog) and I went window shopping.

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