Tuesday, September 17, 2013

The Intentional Home, Week Five: Tuesday

For an Introduction and Table of Contents for The Intentional Home, click Here.

Week Five: Tuesday

When it snows, she has no fear for her household;
    for all of them are clothed in scarlet.
She makes coverings for her bed;
    she is clothed in fine linen and purple.
Her husband is respected at the city gate,
    where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.
Proverbs 31: 21-23

I think the closet is an important area to continue to focus, the goal of this final phase of your closet makeover is for you to look in your closet and easily find something you enjoy wearing. Wouldn't that take some pressure off in the morning? 

If there are things that you just weren’t sure about in the purging process on Monday, then you can hang onto them. But, we will turn the hangers around backwards. At the end of the season if those hangers are still turned backwards then it's probably time to let them go. I understand there may be a few exceptions, like the nice black dress that you need from time to time. But for the most part if it hasn't been worn all season let it go.

We need to arrange your clothes in a system that makes sense to you. There are several options. I am currently using a system that pairs outfits together. Mainly, I have skirts with a matching top or two hung together. I have all of my jeans together and all of the tops that go with my jeans hung together. This makes getting dressed super easy. Once again, this is not about perfection, my closet doesn’t look like a department store.

Another option is hanging clothes together in categories, for instance all dress shirts are together, golf shirts are together, slacks are together and so on. Clothes can also be sorted by color using this system. One thing that I love about this system is you will see if you tend to buy a lot of the same thing, like blue shirts for example. So when you are out shopping and see a great blue shirt, you can stop yourself from buying it, since you already have five or ten of the same thing hanging in your closet.

Here's your opportunity to evaluate your wardrobe. Are there gaps that need filling? Do you have several bottoms that you love with nothing to go on top? Make a list of what you need and then next time you are out shopping, you will know what to hunt for. My focus here is not to be materialistic, but rather to simplify your life in this area. I hope this helps you find something to wear!

Oh, one thing I failed to mention. If you’re closet is not large enough to hold out-of-season clothes and you store them in bins or what have you, be sure and go through this process again with those clothes when the season changes. Make sense? I hope so!

Daily Chores: 
One load of laundry from start to finish
Make your bed
Unload the dishwasher in the morning, load and run it at night
Wipe down the kitchen counters and sink 
Wipe down the bathroom counters and sinks
Tuesday’s chore of cleaning the mirrors and glass around the house

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