Have you heard of the 80/20 rule? I means that life is divided by series of 80% and 20% effects. For example, 80% of your work come from 20% of your clients. Well it can also be applied to closets and clothes. 80% of the time you wear 20% of what you own. I’ve been really taking a good hard look at this. I’m moving and I’m looking at ALL the totes of clothes I have and I’m in awe. How can I organize all of this and how can I make it work for me?
I do live in New England, and we have some pretty drastic climate changes, so there is a certain level of extra I need for the winter months, cold weather runs, and speaking events. However, I spend most of my days in jeans and a tee shirt…or top. I throw a long cardigan over it and I’m good to go….to my home office. I have two dogs so anything too fussy just won’t due. And honestly, comfort is king for me.
So as I’m going through my clothes, prepping for spring, and thinking about what I really love, I wanted to share some tips and products with you.
- Try everything on. This is not only a nuisance, it’s sometimes downright painful. I hate doing it, but it’s a necessary evil. Otherwise you’re making decisions on things with all of the information. Make sure you’re feeling good….possibly you’ve worked out already today and have a cup of something you love by your side. Once you REALLY know what fits, you can make better decisions.
- Be extra ruthless with shoes. I find that I go for the same shoes over and over again. They are comfy, cute and can last all day on my feet. However, I have some shoes in the closet that are either comfortable, don’t match a lot, or I just don’t want to part with. It’s time to let them go. For me, it’s a pair of yellow flat loafers…..adorable with a navy and white stripe shirt, but that’s about it. Give me strength to donate!
- I find I often gravitate to the same brands over and over again as well. For example Lola & Sophie has been a favorite of mine for a few years. Their items last and are SO comfortable, on trend, and functional. I was just lucky enough to get two pieces from them; the long sleeve v neck shirt and long sleeve combo top. Both are made from a combination of satin and cotton. They have amazing drape that makes them not only as comfortable as pajamas but very flattering. They look amazing with jeans, skirts, or even dress pants. I love wearing them with jeans, some Converse sneakers and a long necklace. If you’re looking for pieces that are going to transition you to spring and summer, these are perfect.
- Now that you’ve stopped to recognize that you have favorite items, ask yourself if they still look good. I have a FAVORITE black tee shirt I wear a lot. However, upon closer inspection, it’s not really black anymore. (sniff, sniff) So I put it in the donate pile and I’m adding “buy a new black tee” to my to do list. If something can be repaired, put it in the car so that you can drop it off at the appropriate service provider.
Do you have closet clean out tips? There’s more on this coming, as this is an ongoing process for me! Even organizers struggle from time to time!