I watched "The Oprah Show" today after a friend of mine called me to let me know she was talking about eliminating the clutter in her own clothes closet.
If any of you follow Oprah (I occasionally get a chance to watch her show and I do get her monthly magazine), you know that she recently decluttered her clothes closet and eliminated 150 items that she intends to put up for auction on E-bay this coming Monday to raise funds for her school is South Africa.
What fascinated me the most, besides the beautiful clothing she is letting go of, including shoes, purses and blouses, (unfortunately I would never be able to wear a size 10 shoe!), was the fact that she openly admitted that she felt a lot of anxiety when she was getting rid of the items in her closet.
Oprah talked about the fact that she does not like to waste things and, therefore, tends to hold onto things longer than she probably should. However, like most people, she was able to reduce the amount of items in her wardrobe once she got help to figure out what to keep and what to get rid of and knew that the items she was eliminating would be used to raise money for a good cause. They were not just getting thrown away; someone who wanted them would be getting them. Bottom line, if someone else is getting them, it feels so much better.
I mention this because this is very common issue that I come across when working with my clients. I am very sensitive to the fact that they don't just want to throw everything away. (A good professional organizer would never do that.) I make sure that we determine what charity or person they would like to donate the items to (assuming they are still in good condition).
I want you to know that if you feel anxiety when getting rid of things, it's a normal response and it's okay. With the gentle guidance of someone you trust, you too will be able to eliminate that clutter in that closet much easier.
Remember, in the end, the clothes in your closet should bring you joy, make you feel beautiful and be usefulness.
If you need assistance in purging items from your closet - not sure what to keep and what to toss or donate - contact me at A BETTER SPACE. I will be more than happy to help.
In the meantime, have a great week!