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Bananas for Pajamas
Updated: Feb6, 2017
One of my favourite and original 4M posts, I’ve added a few tips but the same principles still apply: Set limits on the amount of clothes that you own.
I was working with a client this week and we were sorting through her clothes. This is not an unusual thing for me to be doing but while we were doing this she posed a frequently asked question: “Are theses the MOST pairs of pajamas that you’ve ever seen?” This woman was bananas for pajamas! So my answer was: YES!
The thing is that you could insert all sorts of items where the word pajamas was. Are these the most set of sheets? Are these the most pieces of luggage? Are these the most sweaters? …Cat toys? …Kitchen utensils? …Balls? …Electronic cords/gadgets? …Towels? …Socks? …Underwear? You can clearly see where I am going…
When you work with clients that have organizing challenges, it always seems they have at least one (if not more) *favourite* things. For this client it was pj’s. The thing is how many pairs of pajamas does one women need? Five, ten, twenty? We decided that she only had enough to fill two drawers. Let me re-phrase that, I decided, that she could only have two drawers full. Why did I have to make the decision? Because when one person has over 35 pairs of pajamas, she doesn’t have perspective to make that judgement call. However, that being said, once I made the call, my client complied – without complaint. For me, it is a matter of setting limits that she can live with and tolerate. Paring it down to 12 sets of pajamas was a number she could live with. I would have preferred a few more gone but that day will come.
A good way of keeping track is by the size of the container, closet or number of drawers. So if you only have 4 drawers that you can use (and storage in not an option), make the tough decisions on what can stay and what needs to go.
In my closet, I have x-amount of hangers. Only one item per hanger is allowed and I CANNOT add more hangers.
Those are the LIMITS I impose on myself. So, if I buy something new, as I did tonight, I need to get rid of something. No searching for extra hangers… no folding and putting the new item on a shelf if it is meant to be hung up.
It can be hard sometimes but it keeps my closet clutter-free. I challenge you to review your pajamas and your hangers. Just make sure you are not Bananas for Pyjamas. If you have problems with this task, I’ll be more than happy to help. 😉
So today’s 4M lesson is: set limits. Make your judgement call. Make sure you know when 35 pajamas is WAY too many.