Reorganize Your Life II
So now that you have read my first "Reorganizing Your Life" and you hopefully have your living area under control, it's time to start thinking about phase 2, Clothes purging!
This topic either brings people a lot of anxiety, or a overwhelming sense of relief. If you're like me, I'm more on the anxiety side of things, go figure. To me, I form a really weird sense of attachment to the most random of things, and clothes happens to be one of them. I'm TERRIFIED that the second I get rid of something, I'll want or need the next day.
The bad part is that it does nothing but clog up much needed real estate in your closet, which in San Francisco, you can't afford to lose. I've heard a few really good techniques about auditing your wardrobe, but there are a few in particular that makes the most sense to me so I figured I'd share.
When thinking about what you definitely should keep throughout this whole process, you should be asking yourself one important question, "Does that make me feel good about myself NOW?" and not, "Did this used to make me feel good". The latter is attached to your memory, and that's what photographs are for. If it doesn't make you feel good now, it's time to part ways with it.
Once you've gotten through the initial stage of getting rid of everything that doesn't make you feel good right now, it's time to get aggressive. The challenge is to go to your closet and turn everything on a hanger the opposite way and that's it, for now.
Over the course of the next several months you'll notice that as you wear and clean certain garments, they will go and be on the hanger the right way. After 6 months, you revisit your closet and anything still turned the opposite way are things to get rid of.
In regards to folded or other things not on hangers, separate into definite keep, definite donate, and maybe. Put your maybe pile into a box and hold it for 6-8 months. Anything you don't touch in the box is donate. Whatever you do, do NOT reopen the box before you donate it! You may see something that initiates a memory that makes you keep it. Just say no!
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