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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Do I Have Too Many Clothes?

I do it on a regular basis. I’m guessing you probably do it too. You stand in your closet (which is full of clothes) and think “I have nothing to wear.” Whenever I say it out loud, my husband makes some sort of noise – a cross between a snort and a sigh – and then proceeds to point out things that still have the tags on them. I inevitably pass up those items and turn to an old standby instead.

It seems that I’m not alone. According to an article in The Wall Street Journal, only 20% of the clothes in the average person’s closet are worn on a regular basis. But why? An article on Inside Out Style gives numerous reasons as to why – from keeping garments way too long to holding on to clothes that don’t fit and on and on. But when I read reason number 7, I realized this was me. The author, Imogen Lamport, says, “You have lots of clothes, but they’re all the same, 20 pairs of black trousers, 2 dozen pairs of jeans…….you keep buying the same garment over and over, but forget about creating outfits.”

It’s an interesting diagnosis given my propensity to hate clutter and habit of getting rid of stuff. Why can I not apply the same logic to my closet? I fear to get the answer to this question might require therapy. But the bottom line is this – I just need to purge. The best way to do this is to take emotion out of it and just attack my closet using these three questions:

Does it fit in with my daily life?

Do I love it?

Is it comfortable?

If I can answer yes to all three, then I need to ask myself this additional question if I have multiples of the same thing – how many do I really need? Then the rest I need to donate. Period. If you have a similar problem, you might want to give it a try as well. Even better, if you’ve overcome the ‘too many clothes but nothing to wear syndrome’, please share your tips. You can do so below or on Facebook, Twitter, or G+.

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