A note from our editors: Thank you so much for all your support of Rue in 2018. Before we launch into new content for the new year, we wanted to share the posts of 2018 according to you, our readers! So we’re republishing our most popular posts, including this one. We hope you enjoy it!
Are you desperately seeking a streamlined, curated closet but don’t know where to begin? The good news is that we’ve welcomed back Shira Gill — she’s a decluttering pro, a home organizer, and closet stylist. Today, she’s offering up the cold, hard truth on the pieces that need to go to make your closet more streamlined. And if that’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to your organizational woes, you’ll want to check out her newly launched Closet Makeover Program. It’s a unique six-week course that includes six printable workbooks to teach you how to edit, organize and style like a pro; six instructional videos; bonus resources like closet products, books, and shopping lists; four live group coaching calls with Shira; and access to a private Facebook group where you can connect with a supportive community of like-minded women and share your before and after pics.
Start the program on the right foot, and say adios to these 10 things:
Why is This Even Here?
Closets are magnets for clutter and random household items. Do a quick scan of your closet for items that have lost their way (there’s that magazine, passport, dog toy – you were looking for!) and take a few minutes to put them back where they belong.
Ditch the Duplicates
Have a tendency to keep buying the same items again and again? You’re not alone. If you find yourself staring at a sea of identical sweaters (or jeans, or handbags – you get the picture) pick your favorites and ditch the rest.
Own something you just don’t love, that your well-intentioned sister/mom/aunt/friend bought for you? Repeat after me: You are still a good person if you donate it.
No Way, Lingerie
Bras and lingerie that are stretched out, misshapen, or just plain sad should go. Likewise, racy numbers you got from a bachelorette party that just aren’t your style should be passed on.
Costumes: The Party’s Over
Do you have costumes for parties, special events, or Halloween that are just collecting dust? Keep only a curated collection you feel confident you’ll wear within the year. Put the rest into the donate bin.
Did you run in a race or attend a conference? Are you now the not-so-proud owner of a collection of tacky monogramed swag? Liberate your closet and let go of all the t-shirts, baseball caps, and other freebies that are currently cluttering up your closet or dresser. And next time, take a pass and just say “no thanks” to the swag.
Ouch – Shoes That Hurt
It’s time to be kinder to your feet and let go of all of the shoes that pinch, make you walk like a baby deer, or just plain hurt. Yes, even if they are designer, expensive, and drop dead gorgeous. Donate or consign them, and treat yourself to a new pair you can actually walk in.
Your “Skinny” Clothes
This one might hurt a little, but I promise it’s for your own good: dress for the body you have right now and ditch the “If I lose 15 pounds” collection. Focus on creating a streamlined closet filled with items that are useful, stylish, and practical for who you ARE – not who you WERE. Create a closet that feels good, and makes sense, now.
But It Was So Expensive!
The struggle is real to release those high-ticket items that just never quite worked out. We’ve all been there. Consider a clothing swap with friends who are probably holding onto their own sunken cost treasures.
Say Goodbye to Your Imaginary Life:
Are you saving clothing for a specific hobby or activity like painting or skiing that you don’t actually practice? Time to get real with yourself and reclaim some space. Rest assured, if you do decide to try your hand at scuba diving, you can always rent or borrow the gear as needed.
Shira Gill probably thinks you have too much stuff. Visit her at www.shiragill.com to sign up for her newly launched virtual closet makeover program or to check out her full-service organization and style makeovers. Follow Shira on Instagram @shiragill for weekly tips and inspiration.