Spring is the perfect time to switch your cold weather clothes for your warm weather ones. Here is some guidance on how to do this big overhaul for those closets!
The Clothes Closet Overhaul
- Remove everything from your closet.
- Create four piles: Keep, Donate, Toss, Tailor/Clean. If you haven’t worn it in a few seasons, get rid of it!
- Try on everything in your keep pile and decide item by item if it is really a keeper. If you are unsure, try it on and look in a mirror. Or better yet, ask a kind but honest friend to come over and give you his/her opinion as you conduct a mini fashion show. The ultimate – get a pro and hire an image or wardrobe consultant to help you.
- If you have a few sentimental favorites you can’t part with but won’t wear, store them in your Memory Box or out of season storage area.
- Once you’ve pared down, give your closet an orderly flow. Organize by garment type (shirts, pants, dresses, suits), season (current in most accessible location), color (only if that appeals to you), use (work versus casual), size (good for babies and little kids who grow out of sizes easily) — whatever makes the most sense for your lifestyle.
- Consider storing your off-season clothing in separate location if it takes up too much room. Dress clothes/evening wear used occasionally can also go elsewhere.
- Use wooden hangers for suits and slacks, clear plastic swivel hangers for shirts, and padded hangers for lingerie and delicate items.
- Be ruthless about weeding out your clothes on a regular basis, at least whenever there is a change of seasons. Place a donate bin, box, or bag at the bottom of your closet as a constant reminder! Donate any items not used in the last few seasons, that don’t fit (yes, even your “fat” or “skinny” clothes — it is bad energy to have clothes that don’t fit you hanging around!), or that are out of style. Remember to keep track of what you donate and get a receipt for a tax deduction if you donate to a tax-exempt charity!