The Classy Closet: Musings on Organizing + Purging
Why is letting go of stuff so difficult? Recently we did an organization overhaul to deal with the beloved New Yorker magazines we had been hoarding. We dutifully went through and assessed what editions to keep and then ordered proper storage boxes with archival paper to store our beloved treasure.
Living in an apartment is something only other apartment dwellers understand. Storage is at a premium, and yet, we keep acquiring things. One approach that has worked for us if we buy something is to get rid of an item to make room for the new arrival. Also, we try to follow the mantra, if you don't miss it when you don't see it, you probably don't need it. Of course, this one-size approach to purging and clearing out your drawers and closets isn't for everyone. This recent New Yorker article on the story behind Marie Kondo's organization empire masterfully illustrates that. We understand, everyone is different. People have emotional and, in some cases, financial attachments to personal possessions. But, sometimes it takes an outside set of eyes to help you take a step back and ask, do I need this?
In big cities, you can hire a professional organizer through the all-encompassing site, TaskRabbit. Don't want to hire someone? No problem. Clear out your closet and invite some friends over for a clothing and item swap party. The remaining items get donated or you can take gently used items for consignment. We've sold and purchased goods on The RealReal (new members get a $25 credit!). The yard-sale has gone virtual - how efficient.
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