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Closet Wars – How to Share Your Space Harmoniously

Closet Wars – How to Share Your Space Harmoniously

This closet isn’t big enough for the both of us (or even just me).

Harmony within the home is a valuable commodity. And one of the biggest destroyers of harmonious living in people’s lives has to do with closet space — the lack of it, and who gets it. If “closet wars” are a bone of contention at your place, then help is at hand.

Make This the Month to Purge

Amongst other annual chores, there’s nothing like spring cleaning. Spring cleaning often means taking a good hard look at the “stuff” in your clothes closet. Your wardrobe is a great place to start. Most of us only wear a fraction of what’s in our closet, so do some good by donating or selling what you don’t need once you’ve sorted through it all.

Most (not all) seniors who have downsized their homes have had to say bye-bye to the walk-in closet and, in some cases, have to share closet space with a significant other. Oh, the horror!

Anyway, whether it’s the bedroom clothes closet or the closet in the front hall full of coats, boots, umbrellas and sports wear, it’s a good idea to purge the contents once a year. Peace will reign on earth again, or at least in your home!

Learn to Let Go & Live With Less

If you want some hints and advice about paring down, here are a few great questions to ask yourselves, and this goes for both men and women:

  • Does this fit? Is it too big, too small? Try it on and see. If it doesn’t and hasn’t for some time, it’s time to let it go.
  • Have I worn it (or them in the case of footwear) in the last 12 months?
  • Is it likely I will ever wear it again? Think about it seriously. Will you?
  • Is this currently in style, and/or does this still accurately represent my style?
  • If the item is damaged in any way (e.g. stains, a pilling sweater, shot elastic waistbands, rips, buttons missing, zips that don’t zip, broken heels or resoling needed, colour fading, etc.), ask yourself: will I actually take the time to fix it or get it repaired?
  • Key question: If I were shopping right now, would I buy this? Be honest!
  • Do I feel good when I wear this? Or is it something I think I should be wearing (ageism) when really I dislike it and don’t feel it “says me”. In fact it make me feel old! If that is the case, definitely ditch it.
  • Do I participate in this sport anymore? The hockey gear, golf equipment, tennis stuff, skates, skiwear, old swimsuits, football jerseys, cycling clothes, backpacks and bags and, well, you get the picture — all that sports paraphernalia and the footwear that goes with!

If you answered “no” to any of these questions, then you should get rid of the item(s). Remember, in this case, a “maybe” counts as a “no” too.

Our Handy Helpful Hint

If you buy something new then you have to get rid of something old. Just sayin’.

…and What Better Way to Help Others?

There are plenty of second hand shops, women’s and men’s shelters or consignment stores willing to help you offload your good quality clothing and sports equipment. Or, if you have the inclination, put your items up for sale on eBay or other online auction sites.

Additionally, investigate sites where they are collecting clothing and used sporting goods for those less fortunate who were affected in last year’s hurricane-hit countries.