It’s an absolutely unbreakable rule for cleaning out your closet – you’re supposed to take EVERYTHING out of your closet, pile it somewhere like on your bed, try EVERYTHING on, and then sort things into piles for things to keep, things to donate, and things to “work on”.I can picture that chez moi:
- Open bottle of wine.
- Take all clothes out of closet and put them on the bed.
- Look at stacks of clothes and feel a terrible combination of shame, panic, and sense of being completely overwhelmed by the situation.
- Drink wine.
- Try on a few of my favorite garments, and put them back in my closet.
- Take another drink.
- Throw up my hands in despair and put things back where they were…
But for me, an incremental approach is the only way this is going to happen. So I’m going to go the “cluster” route. It works like this:
- Pick a dress, pair of pants, or skirt.
- Figure out at least two ways that I’m going to wear it. In the example of the dress above, I can be sort of casual-ish with opaque tights and flats, or it can be dressier, with sheer stockings and pumps. Your “cluster” might be three different ways to wear something – there are no rules here.
- Segregate EVERYTHING necessary to this “cluster”. I’m thinking of putting things onto my portable hanging rack for a few days, shoes on the floor, and accessories… somewhere…
- Move on to the next core garment, build the cluster, segregate the garments and accessories in the “keeper” area.
And wouldn’t 3 or 4 clusters make a GREAT suitcase?For those of you who were wondering what Susan would buy with the $25 gift card for Novica, dash over to see her at Over 60 and Over Here today, where you can admire her lovely choices…