Living with Less: Say Goodbye to Closet Clutter!

Clutter Has a Negative Impact on Your Well-Being

I get a lot of calls from clients who are overwhelmed by their cluttered closets. It may seem funny, especially when they are so many other things one can call a psychic about, but a cluttered closet is actually a symptom of unwellness. It can have a negative impact on a person’s well-being.

You Have a Lot of Stuff You Don’t Need
Let it go! I know it can be hard, especially if you are a sentimental being, but it’s time to stop placing value on inanimate objects, just because they remind you of a good memory. And if you aren’t the sentimental type, maybe you just enjoy buying things because it soothes you. It’s retail therapy. Either way, you have a lot of stuff you don’t need.

Your Bedroom Closet
Let’s take a look at your bedroom closet? Do you use it to store other things besides the clothes, shoes and accessories you regularly wear? If your closet is filled with clothing, shoes and accessories you haven’t worn in months, chances are you aren’t going to wear it anytime soon. So get rid of it!

More Than Just Your Signature Style
You probably have a signature style. It’s comprised of the clothes you feel good in, whether it’s because they’re comfortable or because they make you feel sexy or empowered. Everything else in your closet is just taking up space. Have a suit you’re never going to wear to an interview or job? How about your prom dress? When are you going to wear that again? Never. How about that pair of heels that hurt your feet? I bet you’re not looking forward to wearing them again. So don’t.

Sell or Donate What You Don’t Wear
Have you ever been to a consignment store? They take the clothes and accessories you won’t wear and sell them for you. Wouldn’t it be nice to make some money off of those impulse buys? Turn your closet clutter into pocket money. Use it to pay bills, save it for a rainy day or buy yourself something you’ll actually wear. You could also turn your closet clutter into a donation.

Now Get Organized
Now that you’ve gotten rid of the excess, it’s time to organize what you’ve got leftover. It’s really helpful to be able to see what you have, so I recommend buying open shelves or hanging shelves to organize your wardrobe and accessories. If you have a lot of shoes, you can store them under your bed. That’s a lot neater than just tossing them on the floor of your closet. You can also hang bags, belts and scarves on hooks. Seasonal wardrobes and bedding can also be stored out of the way using garment bags that flatten the items inside them with the help of a vacuum cleaner.

A Tip for the Sentimental
I’m hearing the sentimental people freaking out. What about those items that commemorate an important milestone, like the prom, your wedding, a baptism or your first corporate job? You were probably photographed in those outfits, but looking at a picture isn’t always enough. I once got great advice from a friend of mine who is a professional organizer. She said to take a picture of the sentimental item and attach a bit of its fabric to the picture. This has really worked for me and I did this with my wedding dress and my mother’s wedding dress. I was able to let them go instead of continuing to pay for them to be in storage.

Closet clutter can really take a toll on your well-being, but you can get organized and enjoy the freedom of not being overwhelmed by all that stuff. If you need more help, I am always here for you.

Happy Organizing!

3 thoughts on “Living with Less: Say Goodbye to Closet Clutter!

  1. LJ

    It must be my Capricorn rising, but I just adore good advice on getting organized and clearing clutter. Great ideas – great article!!
    LJ

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  2. Seren ext. 5445Seren, Ext 5445

    I agree wholeheartedly with your suggestions, Neveah.

    One of the collateral benefits of living in a number of different countries over a period of a decade was that I had to travel light. This forced me to discern what really mattered to me by way of possessions and carried over into other areas of my life, as well.

    I learned how little I really needed in a material sense to make me happy, which also caused me to “clean my closet” in other life categories and spend my time doing what I really love (like helping our callers 🙂 )

    Brightest Blessings,
    Seren, Ext 5445

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  3. Gina Rose ext.9500Gina Rose ext.9500

    HI Nevaeh,

    Loved your article !!!!! Hope you are enjoying this lovely spring !!!

    Blessed Be )O(
    Gina Rose ext.9500

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