The secret to being happier with your wardrobe

istock_000002256443xsmallThis blog post was inspired by a depressing ad I saw for the WonderHanger. (Warning! Do not click that link unless you want to be bombarded with loud announcer’s voice and “special offer” pop-up messages).

It is my hope to help convince those who might fall for the WonderHanger that you do not need special expandable gadgets that enable you to fit five times the amount of clothes into your closet, and you do not need a bigger closet. Instead, the secret to being happier with your wardrobe (and life) is truly to own less clothing!

Most people, but especially Americans, have an unhealthy relationship with their belongings. We rely on our possessions to be a proxy for our place in society, our value in the world, and most significantly our self-worth. We consistently forget or need reminding about the things that are most important and make us the most happy, namely: family, friends and leisure time. In fact, those are the three things we most commonly neglect. If you’re interested in exploring this topic further, I encouraging you to watch The Story of Stuff. But I digress!

My main point is: It’s a new year, a new decade, and a new chance ┬áto make a fresh start in your closet. I hope you’ll consider these two key actions:

  • Give your closet the early spring cleaning it needs. Read “Get Ready for Springtime Closet Maintenance” for practical guidance on paring down your wardrobe and organizing what you decide to keep.
  • Adjust your default for a while. In other words, rather than your default action being to buy some article of clothing (which, let’s face it, we usually do because we’re depressed, desperate, panicked, bored, etc), opt not to buy it instead. Vow to live for quality, not quantity.

Thoughts on this? Other ideas? Post a comment, or write to Crystal and let her know!