It's universal: your closet is screwing with you. I was asked to speak on the final day of the Live Aligned Event at the Pechanga Resort in Temecula, California. To recap; day one of the event was about letting go, while day two was about moving in a different direction. That's my department. One of the best questions was, "I have so much to do, but I don't know where to start!" My answer? Depending on your personality, you'll tackle the thing you least want to do first. Handle that like a boss and clear the deck for everything else. OR, you'll begin with the very thing that will bring you the most amount of joy. You just might find yourself whistling while you work through the rest of your list. Then she dropped the truth bomb: "I need to clean out my closet full of old clothes that don't fit AND I need to lose weight." To that, I responded, "gurrrrrl, your closet is messing with your head!" Every woman in the audience started to laugh and nod in agreement. It is universal. Consider your morning routine. How much time do you spend searching for that one skirt that you know fits? Where is that other shoe, anyways? How stressed out do you feel when you realize those pants don’t fit, after all? Cue internal dialogue that goes a little something like this: “They don’t fit?!?? Since when? I’ve gained weight. Great. I really should be hitting the gym. Why don’t I make time to do that? I have to get on that. Where’s that skirt? It always fits. Dry cleaners? I forgot to pick up the dry cleaners again. I really should be making lists to keep on top of things. Why don’t I do that?
I am so unorganized!” Ring a bell? All this before your day has even started. Imagine if everything in your closet fit. And you knew where everything was. And it was a breeze to get ready in the morning? Here are some tips to help make that happen:
- Brutal Purge - Get rid of everything that doesn’t fit, you don’t wear, you don’t like, etc. Sounds basic and easy, right? If it was easy, we’d all have done it by now. Purging your closet requires brutal honesty and zero emotion. If you haven’t worn it/it hasn’t fit/it’s dated…get rid of it! Regardless of your attachment. Trust me, you’ll feel better.
- Organize - Try a slightly different approach. Have your go-to items easily accessible. If you wear a uniform to work, have those handy. If you wear jeans and t’s all the time, have those at the front of the closet. Once I wear an item, I move it to the back, and I will work my back to it in an appropriate amount of time. It makes choosing what to wear the next day easier.
- Dry Cleaners Plastic - A simple fix that frees up room in your closet. As soon as you come home from the dry cleaners remove the plastic and put your clothes in your closet immediately. Besides, its a good way of letting your clothes breathe.
- Huggable Hangers - If you don’t have them, you have a far bigger closet than you realize. If you’re looking for more closet real estate, huggable hangers is the contractor-free way to find more square footage.
I'm so fortunate to get the opportunity to speak with so many women on various platforms. I always walk away with a smile on my face because the takeaway for me is always the same: we are all so similar.
I will tell you what I told one woman in the audience who was overcome with emotion: "Your insecurities are my insecurities. Your worries are my worries. Your tears are my tears. Despite outward appearances, as women, we have so much more in common than meets the eye."