Inspiration from the book 𝘈𝘵𝘰𝘮𝘪𝘤 𝘏𝘢𝘣𝘪𝘵𝘴 – Tiny Changes, Remarkable Results
According to psychological research one of the main reasons people have a serious challenge with organizing, in general, is due to one simple but complex drawback; indecisiveness. For e.g. I’ve kept countless items in my closet for various reasons, some being superficial and others being of sentimental value. I’ve held on to specific dresses because I’ve envisioned myself making an entrance in them like doing a strut down the grocery aisle when it opens back up🤣. Another example is the outfits I keep that have sentimental value like a dress I wore to a France-trip for a family event that I keep close to my heart or the dress I wore under my graduation gown.
In essence removing the clutter and confronting the real root of the problem can be a cathartic process. So for myself I started to evaluate the notion of what was really behind my need to keep the dress I wore in France for instance, & came up with the fact that I felt like I would never be able to fit into it again & look like that again in France. Then the pieces of the puzzle came together for me. I had to make a conscious decision to lose weight if I didn’t feel comfortable with my current lbs on the scale & simply stick. to. it. That was the true core of the problem and a possible solution as opposed to holding onto a dress in hopes of so much. Plus, if God-forbid I lose my mind over letting go of this dress that I love so much, the fact is there are countless fashion merchants selling more improved and updated trends of the very same dress available to me anytime｛insert laugh here｝.
One other imperative component is, by allowing the departure of these closet items, I open up many ways to give back and be part of a much more meaningful journey such as gifting them to someone else who is in need of that item for their current journey. It becomes a story in my journal and their inspiration item. I learned of this when I was a kid and my housekeeper who was more like a mom explained the importance of giving. Young and oblivious at the age of 11, I went to her and said I don’t need these clothes anymore…they’re old and you can have them for donation. She sat me down in the most compassionate way and explained to me why it was important to never say that again. For when we give, “it should be with passion and enthusiasm – the exact same feelings that will resonate with the receiver of those items”
This is in the Big Book too The Bible says “Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver” – 2 Corinthians 9:6-8
So, let’s get to it…
Three Major To-Do’s when Closet-Organizing;
- Remove the plastic dry cleaning coverings from clothing that often hold in carcinogenic fumes from the cleaning process
- Ensure good lighting – there is a psychological component that if you can’t easily see your items, you won’t wear them or even worse yet, you won’t get creative when putting an outfit together 🙂
- Space-Saving is your best friend when it comes to organization. Invest in some multi-layering hangers and rings for items of the same family such as cropped tees or ring-hangers for scarves and bags etc.
Creative ways to keep your items that have a special place in your heart:
- Photograph them! Keep a fashion journal with all your favs & make picture collages. I personally like telling the story behind the item and sticking the collages next to each story in my bullet journal.
- Store pics of the items on a drive for social media posts – an idea is to do throwback posts with your favorite moments in these items. I once did a throwback post on this green dress that was given to me by a relative. The fit was so impeccably flattering compared to other dresses I’d been able to find for an upcoming event. Turns out there is this entire world of vanity-sizing amongst various brands. It was helpful to compare and contrast in that sense.
- Print the pics and create a fashion portfolio. Yes this may seem a bit excessive but perhaps my undergrad brain in kicking in here. By creating a portfolio of the items, it gives you an opportunity to take a much closer look at them for multi-usage. For example, I like to go back and take a closer look at the color scheme of the items I held onto. It’s helped me really see if I’ve truly been faithful to one color family more than the rest which further indicates my true passion for that color and a decision to use that palette for other platforms. For e.g. I’ve always loved hues of blue and found that I’ve sprinkled it somewhat across my Instagram page as well as within my home (curtains etc.) Another fun activity with this is to stick the printed item in your closet for visual inspiration. There’s something about seeing a picture of the loved item in your closet. It sets the get-ready-with-me mood. When we love something, and it’s visually before us, it stimulates our imaginations. A good example of this for me is this pictured shoe that I always loved so much that I did an entire photoshoot for it to be in my fashion portfolio.