During the winter months, most of us spend far more time indoors than outdoors, at least here in snow country. And that’s probably true even for those snow skiing enthusiasts out there. (Not to leave out snowshoeing and other winter sports. But you get the idea.) While there may be many reasons for so-called “cabin fever” and it may not be altogether avoidable, we can make the most of it, can’t we? And realizing that clutter is a major source of anxiety, it seems de-cluttering this winter is a great antidote to the winter blues, cabin fever, or whatever typically ails you this time of year. And a great place to start the decluttering process is definitely your closet.
Why Closets Can Be Frustrating
Really, when we look at our closets and complain of having “nothing to wear,” the situation is usually the opposite: we have too many choices. And many pieces are ones we neglect to choose, day after day. Those pieces we’ve determined to be undesirable, for whatever reason, stand in the way of those pieces we truly love! So it stands to reason that a good purge will do wonders for our attitudes. Imagine, instead of looking into your currently cluttered closet, you look into a well-organized closet with only the items that make you look and feel your best. Perhaps even Monday mornings will be greeted with a smile.
How To Do Clothing Triage
The purge has to start somewhere. We suggest separating clothing into 3 piles: Yes, No, and Maybe. But the “yes” pile has to be really restrictive for this to work. Not only must the piece be one that fits you perfectly (now), but it should also be something you already have the other pieces and accessories to complement; if not, it’s a “maybe.” You also have to actually wear it on a fairly regular basis. Pieces that make it to the “maybe” pile may require added pieces in order to make it a definite “yes,” so you need to determine whether it’s close enough to yes-worthiness to justify the added expense of purchasing the pieces necessary to make it work. If not, it’s a “no.” Maybe on your first day of clothing triage, you leave the “maybe” pile to work through with a friend on another snowy day.
What To Do Next
Once you’ve determined the “no” pile, it’s time to do triage again, deciding which pieces simply need to be thrown away and which might be consignment-worthy pieces. The Penny Pincher Boutique accepts gently used high-fashion clothing on a consignment basis. When you make your consignment appointment, you can unload pieces from your “no” pile as well as shop for those pieces you need to make “maybe” items into “yeses.” If you’re having trouble deciding which pieces truly flatter your body, consider this post about shopping for your body size.
Penny Pincher Boutique
We’re Westchester’s luxury consignment shop offering women’s designer clothing, jewelry, shoes, handbags and much more. Visit our shop at 184 Harris Road in Bedford Hills, New York or visit us online at www.pennypincherboutique.com. You can also find a selection of our items on sale on eBay. We ship throughout the United States.
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