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The problem is that it doesn't. If I showed you a picture of what my closet really looks like, you would likely rear back in horror. I live in a small home without a lot of storage. I have one closet and it isn't a walk-in. Besides my closet, I have 3 drawers in a dresser that I share with Monsieur. Because there isn't a lot of storage in the home, my closet has become a dumping ground for other things besides clothes. It has got to a point where trying to hang up something involves a lot of pushing and shoving and a certain degree of anger. Have you heard of Marie Kondo? All of a sudden she is being talked about everywhere. Her method involves dumping all of one's clothes on the floor and decluttering in one shot. Now I have a confession to make which probably won't shock you. I have a sentimental attachment to my clothes, especially the ones that I wore to a significant event. The thought of doing a huge declutter all at once filled me with feelings of overwhelm. Also, if I got rid of everything I didn't like, I would probably end up with just the clothes I am currently wearing. But something had to be done so I thought I would start with my sock drawer. After all, what could be difficult about discarding holey socks and bagged out tights?
So, not the most Pinterest-worthy photo on the planet but every time I look at my sock drawer, I am filled with delight and a sense of accomplishment. I did the same to my lingerie drawer which I won't show here (TMI) and then to my last remaining drawer which holds sweaters and t shirts.
I have to say that folding everything into small packets is a fantastic idea. Now I can see everything at a glance. Having scaled these small mountains, I have started the process of decluttering my wardrobe by going through my closet one item at a time and really asking myself if I want to keep it. It goes against Marie Kondo's advice of doing a big declutter in one sitting but it is working for me. I have also been doing a lot of research into building a capsule wardrobe. Have you heard of Project 333? Basically, you put together a capsule wardrobe of 33 items which you wear for 3 months. I am a creature of habit and I know that I tend to wear my favourite clothes over and over again. Most people wear 20% of their clothes 80% of the time. I think my percentage of clothes worn is probably 10%! So if I concentrate on removing the excess and just focus on keeping my favourites, I think that will make the decluttering process a lot easier. Last night, I did a tally of my favourite Spring/Summer items and realized I had the makings of a 33 item capsule wardrobe! I was so thrilled and excited. What does your wardrobe look like? Please let me know of any tips or tricks you have up your sleeve!
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