Is that overstuffed, disorganized closet weighing you down?
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It’s funny how we seem to subconsciously filter our closets. The brand-new stuff goes in front and center. The older touchstones of the weekly rotation get slotted in right behind—the AG skinny jeans that are faded to the shade of a partly cloudy May afternoon, the Red Valentino striped sweater that always cuts a flattering silhouette no matter how many workouts you skipped that week and the Free People leather moto jacket that would make you look badass if you wore it over a pair of XL sweatpants and UGGs. The older-still, but still-useful, pieces fill in around them.
And then there’s the clothing that once formed the very heart and soul of our looks for an assortment of reasons. Maybe they fit like nothing else you’ve ever owned. Maybe they drew a barrage of compliments. Or maybe they’re tied to a particularly deep-rooted memory. There’s no wrong reason for holding on to clothing. Eventually, once we’ve had time to square ourselves with practicality, we’ll donate it and move on.
There’s another category, though, that seems to forever linger on the fringes. We’re constantly aware of its presence, yet we never reach for it. Which is a shame, because they’re great-looking things. The kind of things for which we couldn’t believe our good fortune when we stumbled upon the sale or the very last one, buried at the back of the rack, like someone was trying to hide it for safekeeping. But it’s a size off. In some cases, two. Or there’s a slight tear along one of the seams. And so it sits, waiting for what? That day when you grow another four inches taller?
At least, this is how you envision it playing out every time you step into your closet. What you face instead is a snarled morning commute—10-year-old tops competing for rack space, sandals blocking the path to your boots and drawers stuck half-open, gorged way beyond their capacity.
Every morning, after an over-complicated routine, you dress, close the door behind you and think, This’ll be the weekend you organize your closet.
Truth is, though, you have no idea where to start. You never thought of yourself as having an issue with clutter. Yet, increasingly, you’re feeling cramped, when, once, your home felt as wide-open as its floor plan. And now here you are, in the midst of Googling “Home organization solutions.”
Thanks to YouTube, almost everything these days feels DIY-able. But organizing, for whatever reason, remains one of those things that gets lost in translation. Read a slew of tips for organizing your home, watch a how-to video or two, psyche yourself up, throw open your closet door and … slump to the floor.
Part of the trouble is that you’re too close to your possessions. When you’re holding on to a top for more than a couple seasons, it becomes more than a top. The linchpin of a meaningful purge, then, is an objective perspective. A professional organizer may have always felt a bit eccentric, but she’s someone who understands that restoring order to the home is, at its essence, simplifying, and that process only moves forward when you’re able to separate emotion from practicality. She can make the difficult decisions when you’re not up for it.
Cheryl Perkins is not your typical home organizer.
With a background in holistic nutrition consulting, she’ll help you appreciate how much all that clutter is truly crowding out your lifestyle. Once you start seeing that top for the dead weight that it is, it’ll become a whole lot easier to donate or consign. That earlier analogy of your closet as a traffic jam wasn’t a coincidence. You can feel a lot of the same stress and frustration when you walk into a chaotic closet, and that’s how you’re starting your day.