I know it’s not a new show, but I just started watching “Queer Eye” on Netflix, and this show just melts my heart. If you haven’t seen it, please watch it! On the show, a team of 5 guys goes in to help revamp not only someone’s look, but really their whole life. They have someone dedicated to interior design, another who specializes in food, another in grooming/personal hygiene, someone for culture/relationships/social interaction, and one for wardrobe. While I have a much different personality than the guys on the show, my job as a home organizer is very similar to what the guys on the show do. Whether it be in a virtual coaching session or in-home atmosphere, our discussions usually revolve around these subjects. I love the sense of humor and lightheartedness of the guys as they dash through someone’s home, filled with love, as they radically change someone’s life.
While watching the show, I was thinking about my closet organizing class that I’ve got coming up in February. For this post, I’ll share some tips to help you organize your own closet. For some extra inspiration, watch a few episodes of “Queer Eye” to help you get in the mood to declutter and organize your closet.
Things to keep in mind:
-Just because it’s functional doesn’t mean you need to keep it. You probably have enough t-shirts and jeans for working in the yard.
-A lot of people talk about this imaginary rule that if you haven’t worn it in a year, you need to toss it. You may not have worn it because your closet wasn’t organized properly. If you come across an item like this, create an event on your calendar where you can wear the item of clothing. Wear it, see if you still like it, and if not, donate it.
-If you have clothes that are either too big or too small, my first choice is to donate them. They probably represent a time in your life that you’ve moved beyond. Let them go and watch yourself emotionally mature. If you’re really wanting to keep the clothes, separate them from the clothes that actually fit. Label them so you know if they’re too big or too small, and revisit them periodically to see if they fit.
-Allow yourself to get out of your comfort zone with your clothes. It takes confidence to look good! Allow yourself to rise to your greatness.
-What percentage of your clothes are what I call “macaroni and cheese” [comfort foods] clothes? These are clothes that you’d wear if you were laying on the couch eating some kind of comfort food, and generally feeling apathetic about life. When you dress like you care about yourself, you actually will start taking better care of yourself.
-If you’re not sure if you want to keep something or not, put it on, take a photo of yourself wearing it, look at it, and then see how you feel.
What’s the funniest most dated item in your closet? Please share in the comments.
By Jean Prominski, Certified Professional Organizer
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