Many of us have far too many clothes in our closets! Contrary to what you might believe, having more clothing does not make it easier to get dressed. In fact, a preponderance of choices can be overwhelming and make the dressing process far more difficult than it needs to be.
If you love and wear everything you own, it can make sense to maintain a larger wardrobe. However, I’ve found that this isn’t the case for most people. Far more common is the situation in which there are a lot of unworn garments in a person’s closet. This can make it difficult to separate the wheat from the chaff, as it were. Your “star players” can be obscured by a bunch of ho-hum garments that are merely occupying valuable space in an overly stuffed closet. That’s a situation we want to avoid!
A Simple Tip – Wear Everything!
The tip I’m about to offer is very simple and straightforward and is particularly useful when combined with my previous tips, “The Hanger Trick”” and “The Power of Tracking.” My suggestion is that you push yourself to wear items that haven’t been worn in a while. See, I told you it was simple!
If you’re like most people, when you go through your closet deciding what to wear, you pass over certain garments time and time again. I suggest that at least a few times per week, you actually challenge yourself to wear one of those frequently rejected pieces. Pull it out, create an outfit with it, and wear it!
Actually wear the item out of the house. It may be better to wear the questionable piece on a short errand or low-risk situation (a first date may not be an ideal situation for test-driving your clothing!). That way, if you find yourself hating it, you won’t have to keep it on for very long.
Wear It, Then Make a Decision
This is a two-part tip. The first part is to wear the item in question. The second part, and this is very important, is to make a decision about it! When you get undressed later that day, decide what you want to do with the garment. Did you find an unexpected “diamond in the rough” and wonder why you never wore such a great item of clothing? If so, great! Hang it up and vow to wear it again regularly.
If you couldn’t wait to get the garment off your body, you should know what to do. If it’s in good condition, add it to a donation bag for charity. After all, just because you don’t love something, it doesn’t mean someone else won’t. One person’s trash is another person’s treasure, as the old saying goes.
Aim for All 8’s to 10’s in Your Closet
Some items will fall into more of a gray area, but I always tell people they should aim to have all of their clothes be “10s” or very close to that. If something is an 8 or a 9, it is a keeper. Below that, do you really want to wear something that doesn’t make you feel fabulous? None of us really needs a huge wardrobe and “8” to “10” pieces can be found at all price points, so why keep things that are just so-so?
Alterations can definitely take some garments from ho-hum to magnificent and many people forget about this valuable opportunity. If you really like a garment but it’s just not right, try taking it to a tailor to see what can be done. I’ve rescued many a garment by having my personal “miracle worker” (for those in the Point Loma area of San Diego, I highly recommend Tiffany’s Alterations) perform her magic on it.
A Personal Example…
FYI… I personally use all of the tips I recommend on this blog. As we’re now into the second half of 2012 and there are still items in my closet that haven’t been worn this year, I use this tip almost daily at this point.
Just yesterday, I wore a black lace top that hadn’t been worn since 2011. I discovered I still like the top, but it’s an odd length – too short for pants and too long for skirts. It’s also longer in the front than in the back. I’ve decided to shorten the top and even out the length all around. I feel confident I will then love this top and wear it regularly with skirts, However, I would have never figured this out if I had left it unworn in the closet for months – or even years – on end.
Goal – A More Streamlined Closet
I hope this tip will be helpful for you in better managing your wardrobe. Remember to wear those questionable items in your closet and then make a decision about what to do with them – keep (and wear!), alter, or donate. Over time, you will be rewarded with a more streamlined, functional, and pleasing closet.