There are a lot of books and articles out there offering a variety of methods on how to limit your wardrobe or change your shopping habits. I don’t think there is one perfect method that would suit everyone; we are all different and what works for one, doesn’t necessarily work for the other. I find a great value in coaching, especially in the GROW model. This model can be applied in a lot of areas, so why not use it in decluttering one’s closet?
The GROW model in coaching
The GROW model was introduced by Sir John Whitmore* in 1980’s. It is a simple four-step method for finding solutions and setting-up goals. This method is widely used in both business and life coaching, and can be successfully applied to a lot of fields.
Each letter in the word GROW corresponds to one step:
G – goal
R – reality
O – options
W – will
The GROW model in achieving the perfect wardrobe
When using the word ‘perfect’ when referring to a wardrobe, I mean, of course a wardrobe ideal for you. I don’t think there is a recipe of how to build a wardrobe that would be perfect for everyone.
If you would like to use the GROW model in helping you to edit your wardrobe, take some time and answer the following questions:
- How could you describe your ideal wardrobe?
- What specific items of clothing should you have in your ideal closet?
- Do you know someone who, in your opinion, has an ideal wardrobe? How do you describe it?
- How would it make you feel to have an ideal wardrobe?
- What does it mean to you to have a closet full of clothes ideal for you?
- What benefits of having a perfect wardrobe can you list?
- Once you have an ideal wardrobe, how will your perfect shopping day look like?
- How would your life be different if you had a perfect wardrobe?
- What words do you use to describe your wardrobe?
- What clothes do you have in your closet?
- What clothes are missing from your closet?
- Which clothes do you never wear?
- What do you do with the items that you never wear?
- How do you feel everyday when you open your closet and choose clothes to wear?
- How do you decide on what to wear?
- How do you shop?
- How long have you been thinking of editing your wardrobe?
- How do you edit your wardrobe?
- What methods have you tried to edit your wardrobe?
- Which of these methods were successful? Why?
- Which of these methods were unsuccessful? Why?
- What could you do differently?
- What is stopping you from having an ideal wardrobe?
- What else could you do?
- Which options work best for you?
- What is the first step you need to take in order to achieve an ideal wardrobe?
- What are the next steps that you should take?
- What deadline would you set for each of the steps?
- When are you going to start working on your ideal wardrobe?
- How will you know that you are successful?
- How motivated are you?
The above questions are examples and can be answered in any order. It is important to be honest with yourself and to set aside enough time to go through them. I highly recommend taking notes and writing the answers down; this helps not only to see the whole picture but also makes you feel more accountable for your actions.
I hope that you feel motivated to get started. Let me know in the comments how coaching helped you achieve your ideal wardrobe. Good luck!
*John Whitmore is apparently not the only name that appears when it comes to the authorship of the GROW model.