“Every spring, I start with my closet. I ask myself several questions: ‘Did I wear it last year?’ If I didn’t wear it, I ask myself, ‘Is it me now?’ If it’s no longer me, I get rid of it; or if it’s nostalgic, then I’ll pack it away with other sentimental things. With the clothes left in my closet, I turn all the hangers backward. Then as I wear each item, I will turn the hanger forward. At the end of the season, I know what I have worn and what I haven’t.
We are emotional dressers. We wear clothes based on what we felt like when we wore them before – but we aren’t always aware of those reasons or why we aren’t wearing them now. That’s why it’s important to get rid of clothes from the past, either by donating or putting them in a ‘nostalgic’ closet. If I am not going to wear it today, I don’t need it in front of me, cluttering my thinking. Don’t trip over the things of the past to get to the present.”