It is now the third week of January and we are in the middle of the coldest part of the winter. Did you know that January is “National Clean out your Closet” month? For some this can be a daunting task, figuring out where to start and, in some cases, which closet to start with. In the interest of clarity, the primary focus of this blog will be on the closet that holds your day-to-day wardrobe. You know, the one where you make daily outfit choices. It’s the closet that probably collects dust on clothing that is rarely worn, but takes up precious real estate. The same closet that you throw stuff in because it does not have a home anywhere else in the house. Even as a professional organizer, I have some of these issues. I usually justify it by telling myself that I will just put stuff in my closet “for now,” especially if I am tidying up for company. The reality is that I will most likely forget about it, and there it will sit for months.
Did you know that the average person wears 20% of their wardrobe 80% of the time, and the rest of the clothing sits underutilized? I can tell you that I am currently one of those “average” people. This is especially accurate with the pandemic underfoot. Currently, getting dressed each day starts with a base layer of exercise gear. Doing so eliminates the excuse of not being “ready” when I have time on my hands for a work out. Most of the time I can just layer other clothing over my work out wear for Zoom calls or grocery shopping. Look in your closet and decide which of the following your clothing collection represents: