That's it. The holidays are over. You're back at work. Things have gone back to normal. Unfortunately 'normal' means your closet is still as messy as ever, messier even, due to more purchases and presents.
As you've noticed, the past month has seen a proliferation of sales everywhere:
pre-Christmas sales/Christmas sales/post-Christmas sales... You name it, the sale was there! So, you're forgiven if you succumbed to over-buying, my chère amie.
Many people overlook the real cause of their untidy closet. They can't understand how it came to be in that disorganised state. As always, the answer is simple and stares us straight in the face. I firmly believe that the number 1 cause of overflowing and disorganised closets is simple overload. Buying too much. Receiving too much. Squashing too much in. That kind of thing.
To prove my point, during these last few weeks, have you brought home more than the size of your closet can contain?
Did you even get to actually hang or fold your new purchases yet?
Not because you're lazy, I understand that, but because you got overwhelmed by the amount of clothes already in there. Have you counted how many top/dresses/shoes/bags/... (please fill in the blanks) you own yet?
Do you have clothes given to you as presents that are still in their wrapping because you have nowhere to put them?
Believe it or not, we always underestimate the number of things that we own.
As mentioned above, the overflowing problem also arises from gifts. Well-intentioned, but never used, presents from people you love. Do you find it difficult to dispose of these items?
Extremely, I would imagine, if you are like most people. So, in your closet they go, at the back or bottom of the wardrobe, never to see the light of day ever again, taking up valuable space.
The thing to do with 'overload-itis' is to get down and dirty with your decluttering. But you find that the sheer scale of the task is nigh on impossible to tackle or even start.
By the way, if this is your situation right now, my book The Tidy Closet will help you no end (unashamed plug here). You'll be held by the hand, gently but firmly, all the way to your own tidy closet. This book has not been an Amazon bestseller for nothing, you know :0). Thousands of women's closets have been cleared, organised and given plenty of loving, thanks to The Tidy Closet. It's your closet's turn now.
From this day on, try to challenge yourself to do the following:
- Buy fewer clothes and accessories.
- Endeavour to gently inform your friends and relatives to refrain from buying you any more clothes, scarves, handbags or jewellery.
- Practice my main tips of "Less is more" and "Quality not Quantity".
- Learn and put to use all my tips from the Tidy Closet on how to deal with excess and unwanted gifts.
Very soon, there will be less, if anything left, to declutter. Today can be the day you get on with it.
Please let us know in the comments what is your biggest problem with decluttering or keeping your closet tidy and organised. Please share your experiences.
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I'm Marie-Anne Lecoeur. I teach women how to upgrade their style and think, shop & dress like a French woman in my Ecourses and The French Chic Academy
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