If you haven't read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up you might not know what someone means when they said they've Kondo-ed their closet. I've applied methods of Kondo's to cluttered spaces in my apartment and consolidated considerably. The change wasn't overnight. It's taken a while to feel capable of letting go of items I might have paid a lot for but haven't worn yet (like two years)-- but I've done the following to make it way less painful:
1. Take notesOn your phone or on paper-- write out two lists (or use this free printout I made below): Things you love to buy and wear, and Things you love to buy and NEVER wear. This will help you take an objective look at your closet and decide where you're loosing money--and space. When you're choosing items to give away jot down what it is. It's okay to like certain items, but be honest with yourself if it's a category of clothing you never wear, like skirts. Keep your notes handy when you're shopping and before you head to the register take a look at your "List". You'll maker smarter buys and won't end up with another ADORABLE cardigan you'll never wear because you pretty much never layer. Yes I'm talking about myself! Cardigans are my kryptonite but I NEVER wear them. Ever.
*I've put this into practice and am doing a GREAT job holding myself accountable.
*You can apply this same principle to beauty products and makeup-- it's just as effective. For example: I only wear Bite lipsticks.
2. Sell itMake it sting less by listing items on a resale app like Poshmark. You can earn back the money you wasted on impulse buys and put it towards more quality items you'll wear more often and will last longer. Be sure to photograph items in natural light on a white poster board or against a wall-- they'll translate as more expensive and sell more quickly. I like to prop my "set" with plants or accessories to make my gallery feel more like a boutique SEE HERE for examples. My favorite free editing app for photos is A Color Story--just a few tweaks make my photos look bright and crisp.
See my first closet spruce up here! I added major storage to the door and built cubby shelves in the wasted space. Good luck with your transformation! Here are some products to get you started:
1. Shoe Shelf
xo Lindsey Crafter
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