There was a request a few weeks ago for tips on how to refresh your closet. I thought I would take on the challenge and give my input! I certainly go through spurts of wanting to get rid of everything, feeling like I have too much. I take advantage of those moods to go through items I haven’t worn in years, quickly take them off the hanger and add them to the donate pile before I change my mind. The other night it happened at 9pm! Once they are in the bag, I don’t look back. If those types of moods don’t really ever hit you, but you are in need of a closet clean out before the spring season, read up on a few of my tips below.
I also couldn’t resist sharing this new dress from Target that is stunning! The colors are so bright, I love the long sleeves with the ruffle collar and the overall fit of the dress. It’s a winner in my book!
Let’s start the closet refresh process with what to DONATE!
Start by picking a day you will have clean hair, makeup on and time. You will want to try on clothes that you are uncertain about and will want to look and feel your best in to really get a feel about each piece.
Remember our bodies change, styles change and something that you felt confident in 5 years ago most likely won’t feel the same way now. When you put it on, if you don’t feel that wow factor, yes I feel fantastic in this, I want to wear it out right now, then I say toss/donate it.
If you are wearing it for a few minutes to see how it feels and moves but find yourself fidgeting with it, you will most likely be uncomfortable while wearing it out. Get rid of it.
If you like the way it fits and moves, next think of at least 3 different ways you would wear the item and 3 different occasions you would wear it for. It could be work, church, shopping, date night, lunch with a friend…anything! If you can’t do that, it’s time for it to go.
I organize my clothes by seasons and then by colors in my closet. It’s the easiest way for me to see what I have and only look in that area of my closet during those specific seasons. I also recommend going through that area of your closet right after a season is over. Did you even reach for it or wear it during those last few months? If not, you most likely won’t reach for it again when the season rolls around the next year. To that I say bye-bye!
I donate majority of my clothes to local shelters in town and/or goodwill. It’s the quickest way to get it out of site, out of mind and out of my house to make room for new pieces I love!
What To KEEP!
If something holds sentimental value, hold on to it for a little longer and come back to it. If you still feel the same way about it on your next purge then it’s a keeper. I have this one JCrew dress that I bought for myself when I first started working in a corporate office. I felt so good in that dress. I really have no desire to wear it now but I look at it and have good memories of wearing it so I can’t let it go. Dresses that I wore during our engagement or for events that stand out in my mind, I like to hold onto. Maybe my daughter will want to wear them one day. (ha! We shall see!)
I hope this was helpful if you are doing a closet clean-out before the new season rolls around.