Summer Closet Interventions, Part 1

"Summer Closet Intervention Part 1" by Lisa Hess (

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As we progressed from spring to summer, my daughter and I both remarked that our closets had reached that point. Lots of things were going, but not much new was coming in. While this was great from a clutter-reduction standpoint, it was making getting dressed a challenge.

I can’t speak for my daughter, but most of what I weeded was easy to let go of — and that’s coming from someone who’s definitely not a ruthless de-clutterer. When I retired seven years ago, I slowly (and cheaply) restocked my casual basics — jeans, solid color tees, sweaters, and tank tops for layering — because that was all I needed. I shopped sales and consignments and did a lot of one-in-every-color shopping.

Seven years later, those pieces are showing their age. A few are still holding their own, but most are earning failing grades in either fit or style, making it easy to dump them or donate them, depending on their condition.

I love resulting clear space (if not the getting dressed challenge) and I’ve also realized that I’m at a turning point. Is the empty space in my closet a sign of a deficit, or an opportunity to rebalance and reorganize?

I’m choosing to look at it as an opportunity. For once, I actually feel as though there’s enough space in my closet for everything I own which makes me want to seek another opportunity — the opportunity to dig deeper and see what else can go. Usually, I get rid of things a little at a time, often after spending an entire day wearing something I didn’t feel good in. Now, though, I see the chance not for a new wardrobe, but for a do-over.

So, I’ll stick with slow and steady, weeding as I go and perhaps setting aside some time to dig deeper and create more room so I can actually see what I have and what I need. While I’m at it, this might be a good time to rearrange things and take my closet to a new level of organization.

More on taking small steps in that direction next week.

Copyright 2019 Lisa Hess


About Author

Lisa Lawmaster Hess has contributed articles to local, national and online publications, and blogs at The Porch Swing Chronicles, The Susquehanna Writers and here at She is the author of two non-fiction books (Acting Assertively and Diverse Divorce) and two novels, Casting the First Stone and Chasing a Second Chance. A retired elementary school counselor, Lisa is a lecturer in psychology at York College and enjoys singing with the contemporary choir at her church.

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