Yes, you read that title right, even your closet can be Contagiously Positive. How? By making space and clearing away the stressful clutter of the clothes that don’t fit and the items that make you feel like you wish you never wore them. Just like life, having things that no longer fit into your life or your body needs to go.
A few months ago, I went into my closet to get dressed and in a frustrating fit, yelled to my husband, “I HAVE NOTHING TO WEAR!” I couldn’t believe that the simple act of getting dressed was making me annoyed and irritated. I have a closet full of clothes. Surely there is something in there for me to wear. However, the problem wasn’t the clothes, it was the clutter. The solution was to get rid of all the clutter and create a stress-free closet that I could quickly and easily get dressed in and feel good in the clothes I put on.
This Is Also About Self-Love
Self-love does start on the inside, but what you wear can have a major impact on how you feel throughout the day. Sometimes the way to love ourselves is to let go of things that no longer serve us and this includes the clothes that make us feel like shit. How many of you have worn an outfit over and over again and each time you wear it you say, “This outfit looks terrible on me and I’m so uncomfortable!” I used to be guilty of this. Here is my advice for creating a self-love wardrobe.
When you remove unwanted things out of your life, you are making space for new amazing things to come in.
4 Steps to Creating a Contagiously Positive Closet
Step 1: Take everything out of your closet and drawers. Yes, I mean everything!
Step 2: Try on each item and ask yourself these questions:
Does it still fit?
Do I feel good in it?
Am I comfortable?
Is it faded and worn, making me feel a bit frumpy?
Have I worn it in the past year?
When I last wore it, did I feel good?
Does it enhance my core-desired feelings?
Step 3: Create three piles. A donate pile, a keep pile and a throw away (or use as rags) pile. Your donate pile should include anything that made you feel like shit and wished you never wore when you walked out of the house that day. For the donate pile, don’t donate things that are torn and stained. Those can be used as rags to clean the house or car. Before you start, have a large bag or box ready to go, so you can immediately get it out of the house. Your keep pile should only include things that make you feel good, comfortable, sexy or confidant. Why bother wearing anything else?
Step 4: All of the items that you kept, create outfits out of them. I use Pinterest for this. Have red pants that you love, but don’t know what to wear with them? Go online and search for red pant outfits. You probably already have a matching shirt to go with them. If not, make a list of what you will need to complete the outfit and over time, not all at once unless you can financially afford to, and buy the matching piece. Grab some really nice hangers, not the metals ones that ruin your clothes, and make the outfits.
Sounds like a lot of work, but I promise you, having outfits already created and organized in your closest feels so good. You will no longer dread opening up the closet, saying, “I have nothing to wear!” or, “I wish I had never worn that.”
Sending you oodles of positivity, happiness and joy,
Laurie-ann Sheldrick, The Contagiously Positive Girl