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4 Steps To Sanely Purge Your Wardrobe [Infographic]

4 Steps To Sanely Purge Your Wardrobe [Infographic]

It’s a classic conundrum: you have so many clothes and not a single thing to wear.

When your closet is overflowing with clothes old, new and unused, many people find themselves reaching for the same shirt and pants combo they always wear, avoiding the process of sorting through their piles of clothing altogether. You end up wearing the same outfit over and over again and your closet remains stuffed with clothing that you never wear.

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The problem is, when you decide to declutter your closet, you find it difficult to let go of clothing you either feel sentimental about or that you feel guilty about tossing because you only wore it once. After all, who’s to say that you won’t wear the zebra print dress you bought for a Halloween costume again at some point (even though in your heart of hearts, you know you never will)? Removing excess clothing from your closet and keeping only the clothes that you like to wear and that you know look good on you will make getting ready in the morning less stressful. But it’s hard to know where to start.

Luckily, Danny Dover wrote an incredibly helpful piece called How To Sanely Purge Your Wardrobe. He breaks down the process into four easy steps that will not only help you pick which clothes to keep and which to let go, but which will also alleviate the guilt of getting rid of clothes.

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The four steps are:

  1. Identify your clothing requirements
  2. sort your clothing into four piles (keep, donate, trash, box)
  3. consolidate your clothing by brand/style
  4. schedule reoccurring mini purges.

These steps can easily be applied to decluttering in general. Dover recommends establishing a weekly mini purge and donation run (Donation Sundays) to prevent excess stuff from building up. Doing one big initial purge and then minimizing the build up of clutter bit by bit will prevent things from getting out of control.

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This infographic walks you through the four steps to sanely purging your wardrobe.

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    Last Updated on December 2, 2018

    How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

    How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

    Ebb and flow. Contraction and expansion. Highs and lows. It’s all about the cycles of life.

    The entire course of our life follows this up and down pattern of more and then less. Our days flow this way, each following a pattern of more energy, then less energy, more creativity and periods of greater focus bookended by moments of low energy when we cringe at the thought of one more meeting, one more call, one more sentence.

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    The key is in understanding how to use the cycles of ebb and flow to our advantage. The ability to harness these fluctuations, understand how they affect our productivity and mood and then apply that knowledge as a tool to improve our lives is a valuable strategy that few individuals or corporations have mastered.

    Here are a few simple steps to start using this strategy today:

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    Review Your Past Flow

    Take just a few minutes to look back at how your days and weeks have been unfolding. What time of the day are you the most focused? Do you prefer to be more social at certain times of the day? Do you have difficulty concentrating after lunch or are you energized? Are there days when you can’t seem to sit still at your desk and others when you could work on the same project for hours?

    Do you see a pattern starting to emerge? Eventually you will discover a sort of map or schedule that charts your individual productivity levels during a given day or week.  That’s the first step. You’ll use this information to plan your days going forward.

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    Schedule According to Your Flow Pattern

    Look at the types of things you do each day…each week. What can you move around so that it’s a better fit for you? Can you suggest to your team that you schedule meetings for late morning if you can’t stand to be social first thing? Can you schedule detailed project work or highly creative tasks, like writing or designing when you are best able to focus? How about making sales calls or client meetings on days when you are the most social and leaving billing or reports until another time when you are able to close your door and do repetitive tasks.

    Keep in mind that everyone is different and some things are out of our control. Do what you can. You might be surprised at just how flexible clients and managers can be when they understand that improving your productivity will result in better outcomes for them.

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    Account for Big Picture Fluctuations

    Look at the bigger picture. Consider what happens during different months or times during the year. Think about what is going on in the other parts of your life. When is the best time for you to take on a new project, role or responsibility? Take into account other commitments that zap your energy. Do you have a sick parent, a spouse who travels all the time or young children who demand all of your available time and energy?

    We all know people who ignore all of this advice and yet seem to prosper and achieve wonderful success anyway, but they are usually the exception, not the rule. For most of us, this habitual tendency to force our bodies and our brains into patterns of working that undermine our productivity result in achieving less than desired results and adding more stress to our already overburdened lives.

    Why not follow the ebb and flow of your life instead of fighting against it?

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