“I have NOTHING to wear!”
Is this a sentiment you’ve found yourself crying out as you attempt to get ready? All while you’re literally standing in front of a closet that is busting at the seams full of things to wear.
Today, we’re going to break open a counterintuitive approach so you can find abundance (and something to wear) with what you have today, no run to the big box store or the mall needed.
Let’s start with a story that I’m sure you can relate to:
Imagine with me that you head to a new restaurant. You sit down and the waiter puts down the menu and it has 15 items on it. Each item sounds better than the last. You literally want to try every single thing on that menu. You decide almost instantly that this is your new favorite place and every time you visit you are delighted by the entire experience.
Now let’s contrast that with another restaurant. You sit down and the waiter puts down a menu that is 15 pages long. You scroll through page after page finding one dish on each page that sounds good. At the end of the review you feel exhausted, like so much of this is not meant for you at all.
Notice: The outcome of BOTH of those experiences is 15 items…but the path to get there feels VERY different. The same thing happens in our wardrobes.
Here’s what to do:
As you look at all the selections you have left (regardless of the number) you’ll have a greater feeling of abundance because these are ALL options that you’re able and interested in wearing. Were they in your closet the entire time? YES. But because you had so much EXCESS around them you could only see what wasn’t working.
You may need to do this exercise a number of times with the different types of clothing in your wardrobe. Take it in these song-length efforts and over the course of this next week you’ll have the perfect menu in front of you instead of the 15 page full of excess menu.
What you’ll do with the cast-offs: Put all the shirts that fell in “not for me” category in a tote bin or a box for one week (no longer). If you go back for them and actually wear them outside of your home then back in rotation it goes. Everything that remained in the tote, or wasn’t worn can be donated so that item has usefulness in it’s future.
Originally published at medium.com