In Transition? Your Apparel Checklist To Keep The Clutter At Bay And Your Wallet Plentiful
Whether this finds you on the start of ending your relationship, getting ready to pack items up or a wee bit over the hump and taking part in getting settled… you will no doubt be facing your closet full of clothes at some point.
The phase and many stages of divorce can leave you feeling numb to decisions. Following are some simple steps to aid how you address your clothing through this part of your journey.
The following can be useful whether you are at your own closet or debating a purchase to add into your wardrobe.
Before engaging in any project, a great step can be to grab some tea or beverage of choice and pop on something that feeds your soul currently. Perhaps it’s a great podcast, a comedy or your favorite tunes.
Secondly, set an alarm. Quality tasks are best completed when we can remain present and fresh. Linger too long and you can easily feel discouraged and overwhelmed. Allow some space for clean up when you consider the timeframe so all is left organized.
1. You will most likely go through some physical changes and therefore your clothing size many not be accurate. Until you feel more grounded and have some clarity how your body is settling, I suggest keeping a few items that fit you currently as well as some on each side of your current weight by two sizes each.
Once life calms down and you have the headspace, inspiration and energy to review these items again you will be able to accurately asses your size. However making decisions when we are upset, tired, stressed etc. is never wise.
To save time and remain organized, consider grouping together the four sizes that do not fit you currently so you know where they are when needed but not mixed in with your current items that fit. Labeling can be a life saver at this step.
2. If something is damaged and or incredibly tired, this is a great time to pass it along. Some cottons can be great for rags around the home but otherwise, this would fall into the clutter pile. And, new beginnings are all about letting go and “unclogging” your spaces.
3. If something needs to be mended and or altered, set it aside and commit to a date which it will be addressed. The last thing you want is to be living among more projects and piles. Taking control of these small areas will help you feel in control – especially when there is so much about life we can’t control at this stage.
4. If there are items that seem way too far from entering into your reality again or your taste has changed then set it aside and devise a plan. Can it be donated to a local charity? Given to a friend? Whatever you decide, label it so you don’t forget and again, make a definitive action date.
5. Keep a note pad or checklist by your space so you can document items you need as you engage in this task. Break it up by season and be specific so when the time comes, you know exactly what is needed.
Whether you are standing at the store, browsing online or faced with your closet, here are some supportive questions to ask:
> On a scale of 1-10 with 10 being the highest, how much do you like the item?
We want and deserve to keep items that serve a purpose but also that we really like. if you feel indifferent then this is something to consider. You may be feeling like blas-ville as of late but you deserve to wear things you like.
> Do you already have several items like this already?
There is something to be said for having a few of something you like. However, ten pairs of the same black pant as an example, may not really be needed. Decide what you truly wear, asses the fit and condition and make some decisions.
> Can you wear it at least three ways?
I am a big believer in getting a lot out of our clothes. Many can be used in an array of ways. Some, even varied seasons which is a plus. So, consider when looking at items if you pair it for multiple looks.
> Will you care for the garment properly?
So often we can purchase something and not notice that the care may be beyond something we will actually do. If you are not going to launder the garment as needed then it might be best not to get it. This will save you time and annoyance when the garment changes on you.
> How well does it fit you?
It’s easy to hold on or buy something we HOPE to fit into. However, this can just lead to more wasted money and clutter. Take the time to be honest, try on the item and really see if it fits you well and is comfortable. After all, you want to look and feel your best, right?
These are just a few ideas to get you started. There is a lot to be said for shedding some light and attention to common areas that can get cluttered. Spending some time on this will feel freeing and provide a great sense of accomplishment!