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October 18, 2016

Forest for the Trees: 5 Ways to Let Go

by Dan 330
Fall in my world means back-to-school, crisp afternoons, the smell of the leaves crunching underfoot and the delight of working hard after the lazy days of summer.  It also means transitioning your wardrobe for the new season.

Many of you clicked "like" when I asked the question:  do you have a hard time letting go of the pieces that no longer work for you?

I want to let you know you are not alone.  In fact, I am probably the only one I know who loves this task (except, perhaps, my guest blogger Pro Organizer Melissa)!

What you need is permission.  So I'm going to give it to you!  :)

I am giving you five legitimate reasons to release the items that are no longer serving you.  Ready? 

5 Reasons to Let Go: 

1.  You're Helping Someone Else.  When you donate pieces you no longer need, you allow someone else to make use of them.  Even if they are not usable as clothing, the fabric can be re-used in a number of ways. 

2.  You're Respecting Your Own Time.  When you keep items that no longer work for you, you waste your own time.  Either you'll look at it and wonder how you can use it or you'll put it on, hoping that this time it'll look good.  It won't!

3.  You're Learning From Your Mistakes.  If you own a piece that doesn't look good, learn from it.  Everyone makes mistakes.  Note what feels wrong and avoid pieces like that in the future.  You can even pull a Marie Kondo and thank that item for its service to you.  It taught you something!

4.  You'll Look and Feel Better.  Most people keep pieces that no longer fit, in hopes they will "someday" be thinner.  Unless you are actively trying to become healthier, this is a no-win approach.  Dress the body you have.  If your body does change, you can always go to the tailor!

5.  Do You.  Trendy pieces that are no longer trendy make you feel out-of-date and frumpy.  No one wants that!  Instead, embrace the cuts, colors and styles you already love when they are on-trend. 

I hope that these five legit reasons to edit your wardrobe will allow you to release those pieces that have been weighing you down.

The goal is a wardrobe that works for you and as Marie Kondo says, brings you joy.  Because, my friend, you have a life to live!

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