At Connecticut Foot Care Centers, we know that most of our Middlesex and Hartford county patients are self-isolating and largely confined to home. Let’s stay positive! One benefit to being home is a chance to get to those jobs there never seems to be enough time for—like cleaning out your closet. Below are some tips on what on deciding what to keep and what to toss. When the quarantine is over, we’ll all be looking forward to lots of socializing and your wardrobe will be ready for every occasion.
Start with Shoes
Obviously, it’s our favorite section of your closet! The best shoes are those made of a somewhat soft and flexible material and have roomy toe boxes and low, wide heels. Soles should be shock absorbing and made of a skid-resistant material like rubber. It may surprise you to know, but a study conducted by the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society found that 8 out of 10 women say their shoes are painful and that women are 9 times more likely to develop a foot problem than men due to improper fitting shoes. Our podiatrists, Jeffrey S. Kahn, D.P.M., Craig M. Kaufman, D.P.M., Ayman M. Latif, D.P.M. and Raffaella R. Pascarella, D.P.M. urge patients to discard shoes that make your feet hurt.
Weeding out Your Wardrobe
Here are some tips for sorting through the clothes in your closet:
Start by going through and removing everything you know you don’t wear anymore or that doesn’t fit. If you don’t feel that you have a clear handle on this, try facing all your hangers in the same direction. When you wear an item, turn the hanger around. At the end of the season, donate items you haven’t worn.
For items you are on the fence about, ask yourself if the piece can be used with at least three other items in your wardrobe. Going forward, try to buy clothes that coordinate with multiple items for a more efficient closet.
If you have clothes that are tough to toss, ask yourself why? If it’s a classic piece that is stained, for example, you need to get a replacement. If the hem is coming down, get it fixed. If you’re not able to wear it, determine if what’s stopping you is fixable or not.
Add a fun social element to your purge by face timing with friends and offer a virtual swap of items that are in good condition that you no longer use.