SPRING is here! Time to weed out your cluttered closet and create a happy one!
Spring is the best season for clearing out the clothes closet. And yet the project can also feel overwhelming. Enjoy our juicy tips for transforming your closet so you get excited every morning.
Pull EVERYTHING out to clear out. It just doesn’t work to go through this while leaving the stuff in it’s old place.
Tip for the brave – Try EVERYTHING on your body and ask, “Is this really me, and is this me now?” Be prepared to laugh and cry. Do this with a friend. You might find it impossible to put the item back that no longer works.
Use S.T.A.C.K.S.© – SORT, TOSS, ASSIGN, CONTAIN, KEEP IT UP & SIMPLIFY on the clothes, shoes, jewelry, and accessories to really get the job done and have FUN!
SORT first so you can see what you have. This makes all the other steps easier.
TOSS comes next and you will want to be honest with yourself. Do you love it, wear it often, and/or need it?
ASSIGN strong zones for all the different types of stuff including shoes, purses, hats, etc.
CONTAIN – Get consistent hangers in all the same color and type. This makes it easy for your brain and body to focus on the clothes rather than be distracted by the hangers. You will also want to contain all the little stuff on the shelves rather than having it loose.
KEEP IT UP by putting dirty clothes in the laundry basket and putting shoes where they belong at the end of the day.
SIMPLIFY your clothes closet by aligning with your body and wardrobe type. We love the powerful system called Dressing Your Truth.
Check out this closet makeover from a student in one of our live workshops. We loved her example because it reflects REAL LIFE! By simply going through S.T.A.C.K.S.© you will transform your closet and love it again.
Please share your stories and pictures with us! Marla & Kate
Like the bright blossoming flowers, bright containers make us happy.
We love the sweetness of Spring, especially bright colors popping up from the earth as the flowers bloom. Our brains and bodies are drawn to color first, like the bee to the blossom. Color gets our attention and bright colors make us feel alive.
So spring is the best time to bring those same bright colors in our space. We often associate color with arts and crafts but you can bring it into your kitchen, office, bedroom, bathroom, garage and so much more.
Baskets, bins, boxes and more. Here are links to some of our favorites:
Glasslock Fresh Food Storage
Sunset Tubular Hangers
Aqua Poppin Accessory Trays
Red File Cabinet
NOTE: Remember containing is the 4th step in S.T.A.C.K.S.© so you will want to Sort, Toss and Assign a home before you go shopping for containers. Make a list before you go. You can get the detailed systems card here C&S Systems Card
As you can tell we love The Container Store because they have incredible solutions and a fabulous crew to help you find what you need. Let us know how we can support you in clearing or beautifying your space this spring.
Marla, Kate & team
Get a printable version of our Top Ten Tips for Spring.
Spring is a time of renewal, of light, of growth.
Clearing & organizing are easier when we align with nature. Mother earth is masterful at letting go of old & dying materials to make way for new growth. So, we often need to clean out the garden patch before we plant new life. As we say hello to spring, take 5 minutes to pause and ask –
“What is one habit I am holding onto that is keeping me stuck or cluttering my space?”
From Marla – “I am releasing the pattern of going to the computer in the morning before I do my meditation and journaling. When I go to the computer first, it throws off my whole day. When I take my quiet, grounding sacred time first – my whole day flows. What are you ready to release?”
From a client – “Right now I am letting go of trying to do everything myself. Forcing the ‘I can do it ALL’ mentality has really taken a toll on me energetically, emotionally and physically. I’m practicing delegating some things to free me up. Then I can do what I most want. What is one thing you could hire out or ask someone to help with?”
Here are examples of old habits that can outlive their usefulness:
- Keeping all the emails in my inbox rather than setting up simple subfolders such as read, action and pending.
- Doing my meals and grocery shopping on the fly rather than weekly planning.
- Going to bed too late – forcing myself to stay up. Or sleeping in too late and skipping my morning time.
- Plopping all the incoming mail and paper on the kitchen counter (rather than an incoming container).
- Walking by piles of stuff day after day rather than a weekly restore to put everything in it’s home.
Once you get clear on what you are ready to release, you can ask what new habit you want to bring in. What would feel good and supportive for you life now?
We would LOVE to hear your ideas!
Marla & Team