Every day I probably waste 15 minutes staring at my over-stuffed closets and drawers ending up with the feeling that I don’t have anything to wear. How can I streamline my closets without making it a big production?
When the weather cools and fall signals it’s on its way, a peek into closets and bureaus around the country is likely to reveal a classic conundrum: fall and winter outfits battling for space with those lingering summer clothes. We don’t know why, but for some reason there just never seems to be enough drawer and closet space to accommodate wardrobes for all seasons. So right about now, you may be experiencing what we call a clothes jam. Similar in nature to a traffic jam, a clothes jam occurs when you simply have too many outfits in circulation. A clothes jam will stop drawers in their tracks, make it impossible to navigate wardrobes, and may even lead to a case of fashion frustration (that paralysis that can overcome you when you just don’t know what to wear). Before a clothes jam stops you in your tracks this fall, take a few minutes to streamline your wardrobe.
- Schedule Time. Block off an hour on your calendar this week or next to tackle the problem. When you actually carve out the time, it’s amazing what you can accomplish in an hour. If you don’t have a free hour, you should at least be able to break it up into two half-hour sessions. If you need to, arrange for someone watch the kids. Better yet, have your spouse take the kids out of the house for an hour while you go to work and then return the favor when it’s their turn to hit the closets.
- Break it up The reason many people simply grin and bear the clothes gridlock is that they think don’t have time to deal with the root of the problem. But changing your closet over to the new season doesn’t have to be an all day affair. And if you’re really pressed for time, just focus on one trouble spot, like shirts or a particular drawer.
- Apply the 80/20 Rule. The majority of clothes you have probably go unworn. We don’t know if it’s true or not, but we’ve heard the statistic that the average American only wears 10% - 20% of the clothes they own. Try to eliminate of some of the extras. As you rotate in your new wardrobe, put those items that you haven’t worn once in the previous season in a bag to give to charity or swap with friends. And anything with holes in it should be either thrown out immediately or put in the rag bin. Be ruthless!