A woman I worked with a few years ago began mysteriously and rapidly gaining weight. Ten pounds turned into twenty, and after ten months, she had added thirty pounds to her petite frame. As the weight piled on, she bought new clothes — cramming the 12s and one-size-fits-alls in alongside the old 8s and 10s, until her closet was so overrun, she couldn’t find a thing.
Closet chaos often occurs during a transition: new job, home, lifestyle, weight change, etc. The transition prompts the purchase of a new wardrobe, but you neglect to get rid of the old one. The chaos leads to confusion, lost items and lots of shopping (you have a closet full of clothes, but nothing to wear) resulting in hundreds, even thousands of dollars wasted. Your closet should reflect who and where you are at this moment — make sure it’s telling the truth.
Editor’s Note: New York Times bestselling author Julie Morgenstern is an organizing and time-management expert, business productivity consultant and speaker. Her company, Julie Morgenstern Enterprises, is dedicated to using her philosophies and methods to provide a wide range of practical solutions that transform the way people and companies function.