You've worked really hard. You've purged, cleaned and sorted your wardrobe. Your closet is now a prime example of decluttering, tidiness and organisation. Bravo!
So, what now?
If you carry on as you always used to, that is to say constantly filling your closet with more new clothes and accessories, you will soon get the same results as your pre-decluttering session. So, what is the solution to this common problem?
This is my tip today. It is called "one in, one out".
Closets have limited storage space. So, if you continually, even occasionally, bring in new things, you will eventually run out of space. I am not saying don't buy anything. Of course not. But this little trick will help you avoid an overspill.
This simple system is a mathematical one, when you think about it: 1 + 1 = 2 but 1 - 1 = 0
To put it simply, remove one item from your closet for every new item you bring in. Think of it as replacing an old, unused item with another new, great one. Using this technique will not add to the number of items in your closet, but will keep it steady.
The easiest thing to do is to replace pieces in the same category. For instance, a worn-out, bubbly sweater by a new soft, cashmere one, a crisp white shirt to replace one that has gone grey, or a pair of tailored trousers in place of the elasticated waist jeans that, frankly, should have remained in the Marks & Spencer store where you've bought it, back in the Eighties.
Think of this "one in, one out" tip as upgrading your wardrobe. You are replacing old with new, faded colours with bright ones, out of shape clothes with tailored pieces.
The next time you come home laden with shopping bags, the first thing you need to do is to remove one item before hanging or folding the new one in.
Your closet will remain tidy and uncluttered. Your wardrobe and style will improve. Your clothes will have space to breathe.
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