I recently wrote a post on how you can become confident by taking care of yourself and I mentioned clothes as an example. Today I’m going to dig deeper on how to make the most of the clothes you already own because this is where it all starts. If you have a closet filled with old clothes you wont be interested in buying new ones. Therefore you have to clean out your closet and this post will learn you a new, improved, way to do it.
You need five piles. No more. No less.
Party clothes – These are the clothes we never seem to have when it’s time to visit a party or meet new people. In this pile you should gather all clothes you’re comfortable wearing at all times and look great in. If you’re anything like the rest of us, you’ll be surprised over how few it is and how small your closet really is.
Home clothes – We all have some clothes that aren’t good enough for a party or a gathering but they fit you and you feel comfortable wearing them at home. Make sure they fit you though. If not, they should go in another pile.
Maybe clothes – Not sure about a certain item? Throw it in the maybe pile, hide it for two weeks and then go through it again. Often it’s clothes that doesn’t fit you or old clothes that you loved but they passed their expiration date.
Future clothes – Since you’re looking to get in better shape I’m sure you also have a lot of clothes that doesn’t fit you at the moment but you look forward to wearing them. Those shouldn’t be in your closet! They’ll only take up space and make it look like you’ve a ton of clothes already. You wont buy any new clothes if you have a closet filled with them, even if none of them fits you, so remove them. Put them in a box and hide it in the garage or in the loft. Go through them once every six months and reconsider.
Past clothes – Be brutal and honest with yourself. Are you really going to wear a five year old t-shirt that doesn’t cover your back? If it has lost its shape, throw it away. You’ll never be wearing it again. You may want to consider giving some of it away to charity but make sure you don’t change your mind and keep any of the clothes. If you add them to the pile you know you’ll never be wearing them again.
Once you’re done organizing your clothes you’ll be left with two piles. One with your good looking clothes and one with the clothes you’re comfortable wearing when you leave your house to visit the local supermarket.
The secret is to keep them separated. If you mix them you’ll end up with the same problem and having a closet filled with clothes but nothing to wear. You can solve this by either having different closets (a bit extreme) or just use different shelves. If you see an empty shelf every day you’ll be more keen to invest in new clothes.
Be brutal and keep your piles separated.