• Meg

Three things Thursday!

Today's 3 things: Friends, acquaintances, and strangers.

Don't worry, "friends, acquaintances, and strangers" is not a new R-rated card game. It's actually a process Organizers use when working with clients who "over-own" their clothing. What is over-owning? Well, if your clothes are all over the floor, crammed on closet rails, or piled on the chairdrobe (y'all know this chair of which I speak). You may be an "over owner". I suggest a fun little exercise of personifying your clothing (assigning a personality to an inanimate object) to help you de-clutter. Ask yourself - is this item a friend, an acquaintance, or a stranger? definitions and action plan below.

1) Clothes that are "Friends"

Hold the article of clothing in your hand and ask yourself the following:

- Do I like it?

- Does it look good on me?

- Does it feel nice?

- Is it in good repair?

- Have I worn it in the last year?

- Will it bring me soup when I have the flu?

If the answer is yes to all of the above (minus the soup), then you have a "good friend" clothing item who belongs in your closet.

2) Clothes that are "acquaintances"

Let's talk about these guest appearances. These clothes are not something you really love, they can show up unexpectedly, and although they may be lovely, they perhaps may just not jive with what you currently have going on in your wardrobe. I'm talking about those clothes that seemed like a good idea at the time, but you really never wore them and they might still have a price tag on them. Acquaintances.

3) Clothes that are "strangers"

Stranger danger! These are clothes that are worn, damaged, discolored, torn, look heinous on you, or are just plain out of style. Also any clothing that you have not worn in over a year fit into this category. It's okay to pretend you don't know them. Kick those strangers to the curb please (or bring them to your local donation center!).

Friends, acquaintances, and strangers is a tactic that you can actually apply in any situation in which you over-own. I suggest taking an hour and really solidifying that friend base! Your friends (your real ones), will thank you.