I must admit that I am not an expert in the “man closet” because most of my people have been women or couples sharing a closet. When a man and woman share a closet, it’s cliché, but true, that the woman usually gets her way and the closet turns out to be on the more feminine side. I do know that the man closets I have seen have a distinct and consistent look to them.
. You can feel the masculine vibe and here’s how I think you accomplish it:
1- Dark rich colors: Where as a woman may choose a softer color or even white, you will often find dark, heavy wood in a man’s closet.
2- Absence of detail: Rather than a decorative panel, mirror or glass on a drawer front, a man’s closet will often have clean, straight lines.
3- Less Decoration: You will find less memorabilia, collectibles and extraneous items in a man’s closet where a “girly closet” may have photos, flowers and decorative items.
4- Symmetrical lines: Since men have fewer differing lengths or clothes (usually only 2 or 3), when you look at their closet it seems more symmetrical and organized then a woman’s which can have 3 lengths of dresses, 2 of skirts and even varying pant lengths.
Now of course, this is all in my own experience based on what I have seen. Men, just like women, have differing tastes and styles and therefore will have a closet to match.
Whatever that is, it’s perfect.
I see a lot of people who avoid cleaning out your closet because they can't decide what to keep and what to get rid of (and what I mean by get rid of is to donate or hand down unless it's unwearable)....they become very frustrated and their closets become full of clothing they never wear! I am so happy when I see those sorting bags or boxes come out and things start to go!
I came up with 5 tips to help make your choices easier.
1. To Wear or Not To Wear: You know what I am talking about! We all have those pieces of clothing that we start at time and time again thinking we will wear it, we should wear it and of course we never wear it. Those pieces need to go! Yes, you may have paid a lot of money for it, but your money will be better spent if someone else is wearing it, than if it's sitting in your closet!
2. Ouch it Hurts: Ugh my feet are killing me! Is that another blister? If these things sound familiar...you have some shoes that need to go! Life is too short to have sore feet!
3. Did That Ever Fit?: Are you standing in front of the mirror wondering how you ever fit into a piece of clothing? If it doesn't fit properly, send it on its way. Yes, you may lose/gain weight again but then treat yourself to new clothes. Live in the present and enjoy!
4. Never Again!: Say goodbye to the pink taffeta bridesmaid dress or your wedding dress from 15 years ago! If you know you will never wear something again, give it to someone who will!
5. Tugging at the Heart Strings: High school is over. Your camp days are in the past. IF you are wearing some old comfy pieces that are torn and ragged but simply make you happy: BRAVO! But, if you are saving clothing in a box just for sentimental value, take a photo and move on.
I won’t pretend that it’s an easy process….it’s even hard for me to watch! I will promise you that when you’re done you will feel better, lighter and accomplished. Not to mention, some people will be very happy wearing the clothes you chose to give away!
Ahhhhh........what a great feeling! I just finished watching my person clean out her closet. Every once in awhile she gets an urge, I mean A REALLY STRONG urge to purge! Has that ever happened to you?
She took every piece of clothing out of her closet, tried it on, looked into my glass and made a decision about what to do with it.
Does that sound like a dream or a nightmare to you?
Well, I know it's not for everyone!
Many people become paralyzed when faced with too many decisions, so I put together a little cheat sheet to help in this situation.
It’s that time again! What are you ready to take on this year?
This year I decided that I am going to try to write a closet “guide” book of sorts. I learned in a marketing class that the easiest and quickest way to do that is to use blogs as your chapters! So that is my plan and you shall be my first readers!
To make it a little more interesting, I have created a character named Mirranda to tell stories about what she sees people struggling with in their closets all the time and maybe even divulge a few fun secrets from over her many years of observation.
I am sure some of these tips will sound familiar to you…..but we all need reminders now and then to keep us on track!
I look forward to this new adventure and will appreciate any feedback you have!
Let’s get started.
Chapter 1 Starting Fresh:
You know what I notice? And I’ll bet this applies to you too: people have closets FULL of clothes and they wear the same things all the time. Those poor unworn pieces of clothing get very lonely and insecure. It makes me very sad to see them go unnoticed so I want to share an exercise to bring more attention to them! Will you take the time to play?
STEP 1: Make sure all of hangers the hangers in your closet are facing in the same direction, Then, make sure all the piles of clothing that you have (whether in drawers or on shelves) and neatly folded.
STEP 2: Once you wear a piece of clothing, turn the hanger backwards or put the folded piece back at the bottom of the pile.
STEP 3: Commit to only wearing new things until you have turned all your hangers or rotated all your piles.
Now, I know what will happen along the way.......you will get to a piece and not "feel like" wearing it, or it doesn't "feel right" etc. Take note of those pieces and if it happens more than once...it's time to let it go!
Who's with me on this? It's a pretty easy exercise to play and you can weed through your wardrobe at the same time.
Remember: Someone else will probably love to wear whatever you choose to give away!
Isn't it amazing how much candy one child can collect in a few hours on Halloween night? And what if they have a party on top of that? YIKES!
Well, here are some quick tips on what to do with it all!
SORT all of the candy into "like with like" so that you can get a visual of what there actually is.
TRADE have your children trade with each other or their friends so they can get more of what they like.
REMOVE all of the candy they don't like.
DONATE anything they don't like to a food bank or children's hospital or any cause close to your heart.
FREEZE any chocolate so it will last longer.
LIMIT the daily intake by packing a few pieces for lunch.
TREAT Use the candy as special extra treat