Daylight Savings time is mere weeks away which must mean that Spring isn’t far behind. Historically the cleaning that ensued was not only a way to mark the changing of the season but also for the greater health of the community after months of indoor living. Fast forward to remote work, more indoor time thanks to COVID and the unexpected result is the Pandemic Purge. For the most immediate satisfaction, begin with a drawer move on to a closet, and continue the attack. If there’s anything remotely good about staying inside, it does give us an inordinate amount of time in our homes... with our stuff. Assessing the full impact of containment, it’s also been an unexpected opportunity to notice everything in excruciating detail.
“We can never know how much of a burden our possessions have become until we begin to remove them.” – Joshua Becker
Should it go or should it stay? Each season I’ve approached my closet with determination to remain focused and unattached to the garments. Sometimes it is very straightforward and sometimes there are stops and starts, events to recall, and reminders of places where I’ve worn a particular outfit. Good thoughts and others mix in with the texture, fragrance, and times of the past season…evocative, and worth the pause to summon up memories.
However, when getting down to the real business of a seasonal closet reorganization it is easy to get off track and lost in the land of wishful thinking. Sometimes it calls for a merciless extraction exercise to leave you with physical and psychological space. It’s time to purge using the following guidelines:
· Doesn’t fit now, didn’t fit then, won’t fit in this century
· Not trendy
· Doesn’t convey the right message
· Worn out
· Wouldn’t buy it now
· You keep trying it on but wouldn’t wear it out of the house
Lastly, a reason often overlooked is the clothing you connect with a bad memory. It might be the gorgeous coat that you splurged on but you associate it with the winter you lost your job, faced a difficult family situation, broke up, or were going through a rough patch. Toss it! If it’s a piece left behind by a painful ex, a previous friendship, or anyone negative. Toss it! When you purge your closet of bad memories it is empowering and now baggage-free, you can shop for replacements, adding things that you love. What will be appropriate for the new workplace? If you continue to operate remotely or return to your place of business, thoughtful multi-purpose pieces can be appropriate in either environment. Take your time.
Pumped with energy, now it’s time to turn to your desk and workspace. Managing paper files was one issue that couldn’t be hidden and may no longer be a problem for you. Is your computer organized? How do you handle your messages and emails? Urgent is not the same as important. The key to getting organized is recognizing what is important in your life, your family, business, friends, and health. Make appointments, set time in your calendar, cull your stuff on a regular basis, and when you feel you’re about to lapse, throw it in your junk drawer. Even better, hire a professional organizer to walk you through the steps of finding a home for everything and doing a little each day to maintain your space.
However comfortable you assumed you were with choice and change, it may morph into overwhelming anxiety that was never anticipated. This makes it the ideal time to engage the support of a certified coach with experience in helping professionals achieve better, faster, results. At KICKSTART Your Transition we offer a broad range of services to fit your needs.