"Living intentionally means defining your values
and making choices that reflect those values."
During a snowstorm earlier this week I was struck by the idea of tidying up my closet. While it howled outside, I got to work inside.
Now mind you, I had already done a major wardrobe clean out last fall. However, after several months I realized there were still pieces that could be eliminated.
There are all sorts of ways to complete this task, but this is the method I used:
1. I examined my wardrobe and determined which articles I wear the most. In doing this I discovered I favor three colors: black, white and blue.
2. I pulled out all the clothes that didn't conform to those (three) colors and put them in a give away pile.
3. I tried on all the pants left in my closet and eliminated any that didn't fit. No matter if they were just a little snug or could fit if I lost a couple of pounds, they went in the give away pile.
4. Next I looked at all my remaining tops in the closet and removed any that didn't fit, or that I hadn't worn more than twice in the last year.
5. Exceptions. I kept a few articles of clothing that are outside the three most often worn colors because I like them and wear them often. But, they are exceptions and if it gets to the point where I notice I'm no longer wearing them -- out they go.
Just to show you how much space I gained in my closet, here's a photo showing what I gave away and the hangers that were freed up.
Now my closet is tidy and organized. I can see everything clearly.
If I'm tempted to buy a new article of clothing in the future I'll ask myself these three questions:
- Do I really need it?
- Is its color one of my favorites (black, white or blue)?
- Will it work with other items in my wardrobe?
If I can say "yes" to these three questions the purchase would most likely be a good one. If the answer to any of these questions is "no" I should walk away.
I'm not saying this is right for everyone, but I believe it's right for me. It's another step toward simplicity and intentional living.