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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 June 13, 2019

    5 Fixes For Common Sleep Issues All Couples Deal With

    5 Fixes For Common Sleep Issues All Couples Deal With

    Sleeping next to your partner can be a satisfying experience and is typically seen as the mark of a stable, healthy home life. However, many more people struggle to share a bed with their partner than typically let on. Sleeping beside someone can decrease your sleep quality which negatively affects your life. Maybe you are light sleepers and you wake each other up throughout the night. Maybe one has a loud snoring habit that’s keeping the other awake. Maybe one is always crawling into bed in the early hours of the morning while the other likes to go to bed at 10 p.m.

    You don’t have to feel ashamed of finding it difficult to sleep with your partner and you also don’t have to give up entirely on it. Common problems can be addressed with simple solutions such as an additional pillow. Here are five fixes for common sleep issues that couples deal with.

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    1. Use a bigger mattress to sleep through movement

    It can be difficult to sleep through your partner’s tossing and turning all night, particularly if they have to get in and out of bed. Waking up multiple times in one night can leave you frustrated and exhausted. The solution may be a switch to a bigger mattress or a mattress that minimizes movement.

    Look for a mattress that allows enough space so that your partner can move around without impacting you or consider a mattress made for two sleepers like the Sleep Number bed.[1] This bed allows each person to choose their own firmness level. It also minimizes any disturbances their partner might feel. A foam mattress like the kind featured in advertisements where someone jumps on a bed with an unspilled glass of wine will help minimize the impact of your partner’s movements.[2]

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    2. Communicate about scheduling conflicts

    If one of you is a night owl and the other an early riser, bedtime can become a source of conflict. It’s hard for a light sleeper to be jostled by their partner coming to bed four hours after them. Talk to your partner about negotiating some compromises. If you’re finding it difficult to agree on a bedtime, negotiate with your partner. Don’t come to bed before or after a certain time, giving the early bird a chance to fully fall asleep before the other comes in. Consider giving the night owl an eye mask to allow them to stay in bed while their partner gets up to start the day.

    3. Don’t bring your technology to bed

    If one partner likes bringing devices to bed and the other partner doesn’t, there’s very little compromise to be found. Science is pretty unanimous on the fact that screens can cause harm to a healthy sleeper. Both partners should agree on a time to keep technology out of the bedroom or turn screens off. This will prevent both partners from having their sleep interrupted and can help you power down after a long day.

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    4. White noise and changing positions can silence snoring

    A snoring partner can be one of the most difficult things to sleep through. Snoring tends to be position-specific so many doctors recommend switching positions to stop the snoring. Rather than sleeping on your back doctors recommend turning onto your side. Changing positions can cut down on noise and breathing difficulties for any snorer. Using a white noise fan, or sound machine can also help soften the impact of loud snoring and keep both partners undisturbed.

    5. Use two blankets if one’s a blanket hog

    If you’ve got a blanket hog in your bed don’t fight it, get another blanket. This solution fixes any issues between two partners and their comforter. There’s no rule that you have to sleep under the same blanket. Separate covers can also cut down on tossing and turning making it a multi-useful adaptation.

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    Rather than giving up entirely on sharing a bed with your partner, try one of these techniques to improve your sleeping habits. Sleeping in separate beds can be a normal part of a healthy home life, but compromise can go a long way toward creating harmony in a shared bed.

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