Do you find yourself attracted to the minimalist closet images on Instagram and Pinterest? You know the ones I’m talking about. Let me set the scene: monochromatic color palette; simple classic pieces such as a black pump, an easy sneaker, and a chic boot sitting alongside the perfect clutch; and a little black cocktail dress. Sound familiar? You love these images! Want to know why? Scientific evidence has proven that when your environment is cluttered, your brain simply can’t process information as easily as it can in a clean and simple environment. We are drawn to the minimalist image because it’s just plain easier to handle all the way around.
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The #1 closet organization mistake you can make is attempting to clear your cluttered space without editing your current clothing and accessory arsenal. You will never, ever come close to achieving a closet that resembles one of your beloved liked Instagram images without paring down your possessions first. Ever heard of the 80-20 rule? In the world of organizing, it's a common standard that people wear 20% of their clothing 80% of the time. The other 80% of our clothing sits in our closets collecting dust and taking up valuable real estate. Yet, most people will stockpile a wardrobe without getting rid of unused or damaged clothing.
Start decluttering by weeding out the items that have been hanging around because of hypothetical thoughts such as I might still wear that or the all-too-common it was a gift so I have to keep it. Ultimately, our minds will convince us of many, many reasons to hold onto belongings by drawing connections to an overall value that they create within our life. It can be an emotional process to let go of items that we associate with positive memories and experiences, but it’s important to remind ourselves that the items themselves are nothing but material. In reality, the excess of items makes for a messy environment. Of course you can tidy up the space by colorizing, categorizing and making neat folds. What you will find is that this is just a temporary fix and will not result in better organization, because a crowded space is a cluttered space.
After you have completed the letting-go process, and have allotted your clothes some room to breathe, your hard work should result in a much more manageable space. You will be able to see all of your options in one fell swoop, making your getting-ready process that much quicker and easier. With any luck, your closet will not only be easy on your eyes but worthy of a new Pinterest board and Instagram shout out.
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