New Years Resolution, “Clean out that closet!”
Do you ever walk into your closet and suddenly feel overwhelmed by the enormous amount of clothes, shoes and handbags that you just don’t use anymore? Let’s face it; no one likes the task of having to clean out her closet. Well it’s a new year and a great time to clear out your closet clutter. If you schedule a three-hour block of time and use these tips it can be done with ease and efficiency.
As you sort through your wardrobe answer these six questions for every item.
1. Does it fit?
2. Have I worn this in the last 12 months?
3. Does this accurately represent my style?
4. Do I feel confident when I wear this item?
5. If I were shopping right now, would I buy this item?
6. If the item is damaged in anyway, will I actually get it repaired?
Make sure you have space to set up four designated areas in your room. As you sort through your closet, if you answer NO to any of these questions, you should say goodbye to that item. Place them in one of the piles listed below:
Your consigned items are those items that will generate revenue when they sell at your favorite consignment boutique. These items should be in style and not the right fit for your closet, but someone else would love to have in their closet.
If you and your friends have similar fashion taste, host a swap party. This can be a small gathering with appetizers and wine and who knows you might refresh your closet with some new wardrobe pieces by the end of the night.
Donate any items that would not earn you money and you would not want to swap. Older T-shirts, sweatshirts, jackets, jeans, shoes, handbags or any item that shows a little more wear and tear. These are great items to donate to a homeless shelter in your area.
Items that should be discarded in the trash are items that are ripped, torn or really outdated. These include things such as underwear, ripped, torn clothing or damaged shoes or handbags that you do not plan to repair. Remember some of these items are great for rags.
Once you have selected the items that you will keep, purchase hangers that are all the same color. This keeps your closet looking neat and tidy. Place your hangers the same direction and once you’ve worn the garment place it in your closet with the hanger facing the opposite direction. In six months take a look at your closet to see which hangers have not been turned. At that time, reconsider those items to be consigned, swapped, donated or discarded. Good luck! I am confident you can do it. Happy New Year!