Week 3: An Inspirational Story

No matter how much clothing or how many possessions you have, no matter how beautifully your closet is arranged, here's the bottom line: if you are carrying around things you'll never wear again or use in this lifetime, you are cluttering your present experience with the energy of the past. It's that simple. Free your space and you'll free yourself.

A Story to Inspire
Organizing a closet for a new client is like reading a great mystery novel. No matter how much I think I have figured out who this human being before me is, I will more often than not be surprised. I will discover the blueprint of their lives hidden in their closets. Let me tell you the story of the actress with the dark clothes.

This lady is known for the excellence of her work. In person, there is something "light" about her being. She is fun to be with and deeply caring. When I organize a closet, the way through that overwhelming "whole" is to take one item at a time and decide its fate. As we cleaned out Anita's closet, I noticed something. Everything she was discarding was dark in color, and the fabrics were heavy. They felt out of place in sunny, warm Los Angeles. After an hour or so, I asked if she had bought all of these clothes at the same time. She told me her story:

"When I married my husband, I assumed it was forever. One day he came home and announced that he wanted a divorce. I was completely taken by surprise. For the next three years, I tried to recover from the shock and rebuild my life. It was during this time that I purchased all these clothes."

I told her she was long past her period of mourning. It was time to buy clothes that reflected who she truly was. The next time I saw her, her newly organized closet had been filled with light-colored clothes in airy fabrics that let the world know visually who she was before a word of introduction could be uttered.

As you can see, what we have in our closets and drawers must be sifted through patiently and gently until the need to toss or restore is revealed. If you don't enjoy this sort of detective work, you might want to hire someone like me to help you make decisions and keep the process moving.

Read these other closet organizing articles:
Week 3 Introduction
Closet Checklist
Closet Design Tips
Our Emotional Relationship to Stuff

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