How to Unclutter Your World

by Evan on 2013/01/17

Today a guest post by Sarah Stevenson. It is a bit of an unusual topic for my blog but I hope you find it interesting and useful, Evan.

 

Believe it or not, friends, the person with the most shoes does not win in life, they just have a more cluttered closet. In fact, when is the last time you actually wore those three other pairs of brown leather boots or running shoes? Cluttered closets tend to hide all the treasures we could be wearing. Uncluttering your world can bring you a fresh, clean outlook on life and do your psyche some good.

 

I like to set aside an entire day to clean out my closet. That way I know that I am really giving it the attention it deserves. Empty the contents of your closet out into a room and get ready to make piles. This allows you to really see what you have and it gives you a chance to re-organize the items you decide to keep. Then ask yourself these questions:

  1. Have I Worn It In A Year? If you haven’t worn it in a year then it’s time to get rid of it. Ever heard of the 80/20 theory? The average person wears 20% of what’s in their closet 80% of the time. If it’s not one of your 80% pieces of clothing, it is time to put it in the bye-bye pile.
  2. Does It Feel Good When I Wear It? You know that really cute wool sweater you had to buy that makes you feel like you have chicken pox when you wear it? Ditch it. If it is not comfortable to wear it is going to be pushed aside only to hold up space for something that feels really good on.
  3. Am I Waiting For It To Come Back In Style? If you are waiting for the perfect time when your favorite outfit from the 80’s will come back in style, you are wasting closet space for something you can wear now. Who knows when those items will come back in style or if you will even want to wear them once they do.
  4. Who Am I Going To Gift These To? It is so much easier to get rid of something if you know it’s going to someone who really will appreciate it or who really needs it. Make sure you gift it to a friend, loved one or even a specific charity. This way, you are not only getting the benefit of a beautiful clean closet but you are also getting a warm fuzzy feeling for doing something special for someone else.

We grow attached to our possessions, especially our clothing, because they’re a form of self-expression. But the honest truth is that most of us are not like Steve Jobs, we don’t wake up to a closet full of black shirts and black jeans.

 

We are ever changing and evolving in our tastes and style–and we are holding ourselves back if we allow our clothing to weigh us down. Take a deep breath and get excited because you can now appreciate and see what you have, as well as finding new things that express who you are.

 

Sarah Stevenson, a.k.a., The Tini Yogini, is a Certified Yoga Instructor in Southern California. She has a degree in Behavioral Psychology and teaches not only yoga classes but also life affirming workshops. She also writes for www.beachbody.com, which provides effective home fitness programs for all fitness levels including the Les Mill Pump exercise videos.

I'm Evan Hadkins. I'm Evan Hadkins. To find out how to live a more satisfying life you can download my manifesto on living authentically. It is a book of exercises to guide you to finding, nourishing and living from the core of who you are.

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