4 Fool-Proof Strategies to Transform Your Closet from Mayhem to Magnificent
What’s lurking in your closet?
Limp shirts, pants and skirts/dresses piled high. Footwear mismatched and tossed aside. Clothes hanging or in bags with price tags still attached and tormenting you. Dresser drawers bursting at the seams. No pun intended!
Now, double or triple that!
Many women have more than one closet full of clothes and wear only 20% of those items 80% of the time! If your closet looks more like the zombie apocalypse than the last episode of The Walking Dead, it’s time to take action!
“We should choose what we want to keep, not want we want to get rid of.”
Marie Kondo, author of #1 New York Times best-selling guide, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, tells us this. I totally agree with Marie’s perspective on de-cluttering any area of our life or home!
It’s Time for a Closet Audit
A wardrobe audit can be a time consuming and daunting task, but it should also be liberating and fun!
With spring around the corner now is the perfect time to clear out the clutter. You will have more options with fewer clothes, dressing will become exciting again, plus you will make room for those couple ‘must have’ items next season.
Okay, so you’ve committed to the DIY closet audit. Now where to start?
Have a “Go Hard or Go Home” attitude.
Be ruthless and realistic while keeping Marie Kondo’s advice to “keep only what sparks joy.”
Keep, Donate or Discard?
- a) DO set aside a full morning or afternoon to work on your closet – ALONE!
- b) DON’T try to tackle it bit-by-bit for an hour here and there.
- a) DO bring out all your clothing items, including footwear and undergarments, to be audited.
- b) DON’T leave any items to chance! Be sure to have all your laundry done before starting.
- a) DO keep items that fit well, flatter your body, and are in good shape.
- b) DON’T keep items that have been unworn for a year or more, do not fit properly, or are in bad shape.
- a) DON’T feel guilty about the items sitting in the donate pile.
- b) DO feel good about donating your clothes to those who are less fortunate – many will benefit from your generosity!
Alternatively – check out consignment stores to sell those higher-priced items that you’re having a hard time parting with because of how much you originally spent on them.
A Few Extra Tips to Make Your Audit Go Smoothly
- Have a full-length mirror ready when you trying on clothing.
- Have several large garbage bags or boxes handy for items to discard or to donate. Be sure to get those donated items out of the house ASAP before you second-guess yourself or your decision!
- Last, but by no means least, enjoy the process of simplifying your life and personal style by keeping those articles of clothing that make you look and feel your best!
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