Renovations are the true test of every relationship. We have been “under construction” for the last month with a master bathroom and master closet remodel. While the end result is worth the inconvenience, the process is definitely a test of patience and ability to live through a dusty and ever-changing environment. The silver lining of temporarily relocating the contents of your entire closet and bathroom is that you find out what you really need. This forced spring-cleaning has been eye opening to me! I mean, why DO I have so many eye shadows when I use the same one every day? Who needs multiple deodorant choices every morning? I haven’t even used the curling irons that I store in my vanity area recently! It’s embarrassing to admit that I pulled clothing out of the back of my closet that I have not worn in years! There is no time like the present-time to cut the clutter and organize myself. Since you may be in the mood for a fresh start for your personal items, I thought I’d share some of the tips that I will be following as I put my closet and bathroom back together. Take an honest look Most of us are guilty of allowing things to stay around longer than necessary. But if you’re like me and could pull a cocktail dress out of your closet that fit you two kids ago…well, you may need to take an honest look at what’s taking up real estate in your home. A rule of thumb, if it hasn’t been worn in a year, it’s time to pack it up and move it out. You don’t have to donate it (yet), but this will give you time to see if it’s something that you really need. Simply put unworn items in a well-labeled bin, pack it away and see if you find yourself wanting it over the next six months. Take a look at your make up too. What are you actually wearing on a day-to-day basis, what has gone past its shelf life (typically three-12 months, depending on the product). Department store freebees and gifts from others are nice, but are they really “you” or just taking up valuable space? Take note It’s not all about getting rid of your belongings; it’s also about having the items that you need. As you look through your wardrobe, ask yourself what is missing to help you better utilize it to its full potential. For us ladies, it’s usually the basics that are missing. Are you lacking camis, blue jeans, casual shoes or make up brushes? Keep track of those basic items with a running list so when you do go to the store you are investing in things that are going to enhance what you currently own. Organize After confessing my closet debacle to you, this may seem like I’m the pot calling the kettle black. Nonetheless, a well-organized closet and bathroom will streamline your daily routine and help you start your day on the right foot. A rule of thumb is to put like with like. Shirts with shirts, pants with pants, lotions with lotions … you get the idea. That way you know exactly where to go to get what you need. Of course, you can take this to whatever level of organization that you like. You can sort clothing by colors, products by individual uses and hair ties by size — whatever works for you. Personally, I’ll just be happy to have a space to put all of my things again very soon! Simplifying and organizing are an ongoing processes. Sometimes you will be on top of it and other times you won’t. The best part of having a system in place is that it is easy to get things back under control. Happy spring cleaning to you!
Shelley Davis Mielock
Shelley Davis Mielock is a certified business image coach and the founder of Mieshel Image Consulting, a Lansing-based firm that specializes in image development for individuals and businesses. She is also a co-host of In Her Shoes, a a weekly women’s talk radio show. To ask Shelley an image question, please e-mail her.