The One Word That Cured My Closet-Cleaning Fears

Allyson Payer

Chris Patey for MyDomaine 

I've always hated cleaning out my closet. I don't find it therapeutic and it leaves me feeling uncomfortably indecisive. But in recent years, I've gotten better and better at quickly deciding what to toss and what to keep. When I finally started taking charge of my overflowing closet situation, I didn't realise that I was actually following a research-backed method, but I was indeed. The thing that really cured my closet-cleaning fears was a single word: detachment. It falls under the Marie Kondo organisational method, but I found that a slew of other organisational gurus also swore by the method. 

So what exactly does it entail? Simply put, the most effective way to clean out your closet is to shut off your emotions and use only the logical, practical thinking part of your brain. For me, that meant not thinking about why I bought something, where I wore it, or even how much I paid for it. Instead, I only consider whether or not I've worn it recently and if it still fits into my current wardrobe.

I'll admit that the detachment method is not for the faint of heart, but it is the most effective system that I've encountered. I've found that the key is to remain detached even after you've sold or donated the items that you decided to toss. Otherwise, you may feel regret start to creep in. Another thing that provides motivation for me like nothing else does is having specific pieces that I plan on purchasing post-closet clean-out. With that, keep scrolling to shop some of the pieces that are currently providing motivation for my impending closet clean-out! 

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