Angela Ploetz

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Cleaning Out Your Closet

by Angela On March 20, 2009

Clothes on hangersCleaning out your closet is hard to do!  In fact Shop Smart Magazine’s recent survey of women revealed that “64% find the stuff they no longer wear hard to get rid of because they might need it some day.”   I have found that there are Four Reasons People Hold On To Clutter and the second reason is “I may need it someday”.  This reason can be difficult to break, but you should consider if the item is replaceable and how much it would cost to replace it if you actually did need it.  Did you know that we only use 20% of the items in our closets 80% of the time?  So would it be worth more to hold on to things you will most likely never need or to run to the store and purchase the specific item if you need it? 

This can ring especially true when we are talking about the clothes in our closets.  If, for example, the big shoulder pads from the 80’s come back in style (which there are rumors that this is coming) that does not mean that a.) the same patterns and prints from the 80’s will also be back in style and b.) that you are even the same size as you were in the 80’s.  They also reveal that “51% of women cling to clothing they haven’t worn in three or more years”.   

So take a deep breath and repeat after me: “I am ditching my dated clothes that no longer represents me and I am only keeping what makes me look and feel fabulous.  Because that’s what I am”!  Woo hoo!!!!!  So repeat this mantra as you go through your closet.  Don’t let those old pregnancy over-all’s or that old broom skirt get the best of your closet.  Your mission is to keep what represents you today not who you were in the past.  The old clothes are just that…old clothes, they are not you, they are not a former relationship, they are just clothes.   

I want to hear your clothes break through!  Post a comment or send me an e-mail.   

A closet that represents who you really are…oooh that’s the good life! 

Enjoy! 

Angela

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