Taking Stress Out of the Closet

Most of us have experienced the anxiety and irritation of looking in the wardrobe and finding nothing that’s clean, ironed, fits or is otherwise acceptable to wear.

When this happens at the start of a working day it’s even more stressful and can impact on the rest of the day.

To take stress out of the closet, start by uncluttering your life of clothing you don’t use.

Freedom from closet stress is about streamlining rather than volume. Make everything you own earn its hanging space.

Divide your wardrobe into 4 piles, Retain, Repair, Revamp or Retire — the 4 *R’s*.

1. Scrutinise what you can’t or don’t wear. Ask yourself why.

2. Does it needs rehemming, buttons replaced or any kind of repair? Get it done.

3. If it doesn’t team with anything else, acquire the necessary items or donate the garment to charity.

4. Is it a hopeful/unrealistic size or an honest size? If it’s the former, decide between the revamp and retire options.

5. Is it so worn or dated that you don’t wear it? Whether you burn it or enshrine it, don’t let it share the same space as those clothes you do wear.

There’s a 5th *R*. Count up how many complete outfits you have for work. Make sure you’ve enough for 5 days of rain or travel.

If need be, Reinvest but NOT before deciding what to Retain, Repair Revamp or Retire. Know which gaps you’re filling and why.

Enjoy the start of each day.

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John Townsend

My name is John Townsend and I have been working as a Stress Management Consultant since 1986. My seminar, Get Tough With Stress, has been presented to thousands of people throughout the world and shows people how to toughen up to stress and to transform stressful experiences into valuable learning experiences.

My clients include many of Australia’s largest companies plus Australian Government Departments and agencies. One of my greatest personal joys was to present my Get Tough With Stress programme to staff of the Australian Parliament.

Over the past 15 years I have been presenting to large numbers of Chief Executive Officers through an organisation called The Executive Connection (TEC). I have been privileged to receive the highest honours bestowed on speakers by TEC, an organisation dedicated to increasing the effectiveness and enhancing the lives of Chief Executives.

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