EASY FIRST STEP:
Working out why your closet is an overstuffed hazmat zone is the first step to actually dealing with it. Are you waiting for a day when you’re a totally different size? Do you overbuy because it makes you happier? Or, are you just delaying a tough choice? The next step is a little reality check – ouch, yes, but nowhere near as long-term demoralising as staring down a bunch of too-small jeans every morning. Now, start building the wardrobe that serves your true, best self, right now. Practically speaking, figure out if you have more clothing than your space can realistically manage. “Anything that ends up hidden from view won’t actually get worn, and we’ll often end up buying duplicates,” explains professional organiser Robyn Amott of blessthismess.com.au. “If you’ve got no hanging space, store things in drawers in a filing cabinet system, rather than in piles. You see everything and where it goes back.” And, remember, if dealing with your huge wardrobe is just an epic timesucker that doesn’t serve a larger goal in life, there’s actually no shame in paying someone to do it for you. (Or, better still, recruiting Mum.)
Divide up your wardrobe duties — one hour a night for a week, a Sunday, one shelf a day — and do it while on the phone or catching up with
whatever takes your mind off the boringness of the task. Write down five common criticisms you regularly make about your work-self. Now, answer each one the way that you would if a friend complained that way about herself. If you wouldn’t speak to her like that.
Less mess; less stress!