The Christmas and New Year’s celebrations have come and gone in a flash once again. Your house guests have left your fridge bare and your house in a mess. Well, that’s what we all love about our guests.
Amid the festive chaos, you amassed yet more clothes and accessories that you can shake a stick at. You received some surprise pieces, some great, some not so much. In addition to these, you ran to the sales as soon as the sun came up on Boxing Day to get your eager hands on more goodies. The result is that there is no space left in your closet or wardrobe for these new acquisitions.
What will you do?
Squeeze your brand new clothes in between the others and shut the door quickly? Or will you turn over a new leaf and do some well-needed pruning?
In The Tidy Closet, I gave you many tips on how to declutter and organise your closet. Those of you who read it now have a beautiful closet and wardrobe to be proud of, so they won’t need to read further.
However, for you my friends who live in a closet purgatory, we’ll have a look at one extremely simple way to keep your closet from overflowing. At least, for now.
Let’s have a look at the tip I have to offer you today. It is simple and won’t cost you anything. That’s great after the heavy spending of the last month, non?
Not all of us have a closet the size of a ballroom. Consequently, ensuring that it doesn’t end up resembling a sartorial explosion is essential. One simple, but not always easy, discipline to implement, is to get rid of one item for each one you bring in.
We call this tip ‘One in, One out’.
You can do this in two ways:
The first way is to get rid of one garment of the same type as the one you bring in. If you buy a new blouse, you get rid of an old one. I told you it was simple.
The second way is to remove from your closet any item of clothing, whether it's the same type or not. For instance, when you buy a skirt, you get rid of a dress you never wear or which no longer fits you. As long as an item is removed each time you buy another one, your closet will not overflow.
You can, bien sûr, do the same for your shoes (argh!), handbags and other accessories.
This ‘One in, one out’ tip can be done straight away. That’s the beauty of it. Before hanging or folding your new clothes in your closet, remove the same amount of pieces. It’s up to you what you do with these. Sell them on eBay, give them away to your favourite charity shop or pass them on to your sister. Whichever way you choose is fine because it’s the end result that’s important here. Your closet will no longer be bursting at the seams. Your blouses won’t have to fight for a hanger, your jackets will no longer get squashed and creased. You will be able to wear your clothes straight from the closet, without having to iron them again before wearing them. So, you’ll save time and electricity too! Well, this tip is really worth its weight in gold.
So, come on, be brave. Get in there, get stuck in. Remove the unwanted, unworn and downright ugly. You'll thank me later.
Please write in the Comments below. Let other readers know whether you found this easy to implement or whether you can't bring yourself to throw anything away.
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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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