The Simple Wardrobe Strategy that Transformed My Closet

The Simple Wardrobe Strategy that Transformed My Closet

Have you been feeling blah about your wardrobe?

Maybe you've been feeling bored and uninspired. Maybe you've been struggling to put together your outfits. Maybe your clothes aren't fitting their best. Maybe you're just running out of space. Whatever the case, you're living the cliche of "a closet full of clothes and nothing to wear."

Oh man, have I been there. Many of us are in the habit of undervaluing our wardrobes. We let ourselves down by saying that it doesn't matter.

I know that for a long time, I dismissed my instincts to care about how I present myself as shallow. But it's not necessarily about other people's opinions, or fitting in with society, or about devaluing non-physical aspects of ourselves. I discovered that for me, it's about feeling my best and celebrating each day.

How to Streamline Your Beauty Products

How to Streamline Your Beauty Products

The hyped promises. The high hopes. The cute packaging. Beauty products can be so exciting to buy.

I know, because beauty products are my thing.

You know, lots of people have a thing that they purchase compulsively. Magazines. Office supplies. Shoes.

Beauty products are my thing.

I've written about it before on the blog. I moved from my parents' house to an apartment in NYC straight out of college with a giant plastic bin full of beauty products.

AKA where my beauty products went to die.

I rarely went in there, unless it was to store something I wasn't using. When I decided to roll up my sleeves and make some space, I realized that there was little chance of me using anything in there.

All of the beauty products I actually used were in my bathroom. Really, the bin was just a pacifier that was temporarily cushioning the blow of throwing stuff away. It had been hard for me to do that, because of all the money that went into those dead-end beauty products.

How to Let Go of "Perfectly Good" Clutter

How to Let Go of "Perfectly Good" Clutter

I was working with an awesome client of mine who had spent a lot of time decluttering and organizing before we started working together.

One of the biggest pains for her was her mudroom. It was crowded (actually, her word was “constipated”) with all kinds of stuff that she had decided to get rid of - but she was at a loss of how to literally remove this “perfectly good” clutter from her space.

Like so many of my clients, she’s very concerned about the environment. It didn’t feel right for her to just throw so much usable stuff in the trash and call it a day.

When You Backslide from Decluttering

When You Backslide from Decluttering

Not too long ago, I happened to overhear a woman talking about how much she loves decluttering. How much she absolutely loves getting rid of stuff since she discovered how freeing it is for her life.

“Of course,” she says, “I’m always shopping to make up for it. And now I find myself just sitting around surfing my phone with all this free time."

"Is this what it was all for?"

People often think the only challenge in decluttering is letting go. Her struggles illustrate the other side of the coin - contentment.

While it’s important to learn how to let go, and your freedom is worth fighting for - people tend to find themselves in this woman’s situation when they come out the other side. 

They have open space that they’re desperate to fill again. They’ve reclaimed their time but can’t figure out how to use it. If you stop there, you may feel like you’ve won the battle but lost the war.

How to Break Free from Retail Therapy

How to Break Free from Retail Therapy

I’ve mentioned in previous posts that I’ve struggled with feelings of lack in certain areas of my life. 

For example, I used to have a giant bin full of beauty products and would keep buying more. I also regularly struggled to get dressed from my closet stuffed with random clothes

These situations were frustrating and disruptive to my day - and made me cringe when I thought about the money that was spent only to receive little value in return.

I see this all the time with my decluttering clients. Many of us have at least one category of items that’s really difficult for us.