I met with several friends last week, and I showed them this master closet I had worked on because I loved the before and after photos. This client was ready to release!
My friends’ comments on the “before” photo above was, “Oh it already looks organized.”
We at RGG, however, believe this is not organized. We believe you have to purge to get organized. We should be called professional purgers, but that sounds gross, so we go with professional organizers.
We want you to live with less because it creates an ease in your life when you have less stuff to pick up; less stuff to put away; less stuff to wash; less stuff to think about.
She had so much in her closet, there was no way she could wear it all in three months time.
But the responses from the folks who said her closet “looked organized,” proves we live in a consumption-oriented society. They think this amount of clothes is normal.
It’s not normal. We are being manipulated by stores that say we NEED not just one of their things, but 10 of their things to make us happy. I am here to tell you it will not make you happy.
The only people who are winning from our shopping addiction are the CEO’s of clothing stores.
I recently read “The Millionaire Next Door,” where the authors studied habits of wealthy Americans. (I highly recommend you read this book.) They concluded many Americans make a lot of money, but they often live paycheck to paycheck because they spend most of their money on stuff — cars. watches, clothes, furniture, toys. They are not building wealth, which means they won’t be able to retire or give an inheritance to their children.
The book goes on to talk about people who make modest salaries yet have saved millions of dollars because they live below their means. They don’t buy a bunch of stuff. They don’t drive expensive cars. They don’t wear expensive watches. They invest their money.
This is how we should live because stuff does not appreciate. (You would not believe how many people tell me their stuff is worth sooooo much. It never is. In fact, stuff brings you pennies on the dollar — if that. If it’s been in the attic or basement, Goodwill often won’t even take it.)
In addition to separating us from our money, clothes addictions are hurting our environment. Newsweek wrote “Fast Fashion is Creating an Environmental Crisis.” We buy so many cheap clothes every season that when we are done with them we throw them away, and they end up in landfills. We don’t need all these clothes.
So let’s look at the before and after photos:
With fewer clothes, she’ll be able to keep her closet neat. She will have an easier time getting dressed because she can see everything. Plus, think of all the money she will save because she won’t race to the store when she can’t find a black shirt.
There are still plenty of clothes for her to wear. Remember, we only have seven days in a week, so you don’t need 18 pairs of jeans.
Her next meeting will be with my business partner, Sheon the Stylist, who will help her put together outfits with what she has left.
So I’d like to invite you to clear the clutter. Stop shopping. And start living.