With 2014 in the books and 2015 here I have quickly realized that once again it is time for some New Year's style resolutions to be made. It has become very evident that over the past few years my closet has grown and grown and grown! Yes, owning a boutique has it's perks but at some point enough is enough. That is why this year I am going to make a conscious effort to go through my wardrobe.
Let's face it, if you are like me you are fortunate enough to have a great a wardrobe and yet, somehow always end up wearing the same items over and over. But yet when I go to cleanse my closet I weirdly become emotionally attached to everything in it, even though I only wear a small portion of my closet consistently. How does this all of a sudden happen? I don't know but it just seems to happen.
I have come to find that there are about 6 key questions to ask yourself while cleaning out your closet. Remember that you have to be honest with yourself for this to work and you have to follow through with your answer.
- If I was shopping would I buy this now?
- Does this fit?
- Have I worn this in the last 2 years?
- Is it likely that I will wear this again?
- Do I feel confident in this?
- If it is damaged will I actually get this repaired?
If you can answer no to any of the 6 questions your decision has been made, it's time to say goodbye. There are very few exceptions to the six question rule and one of the major ones is if the item has a true sentimental value such as a formal dress. And the best way to deal with those is to take them to the dry cleaner, have them cleaned and sealed and then store them in a safe place.
Once you have decided to say sayonara you have one more decision to make, what do you do with these items now? Fortunately there are many options available; sell, donate or trash. This last decision really has to do with the condition and style of the item. If the item is in great condition consign it at your local shop (like Love on a Hanger!) to get some extra funds to help replace the item with a new one that you will actually wear. If it is clear that you loved that top and now it is faded and has holes then it is probably time to let go, move on and throw it away! But if the condition of the item is somewhere in between the last two examples then your best option is likely to donate it.
I wish you luck as I know that cleaning your closet is a difficult task! But just remember that the light at the end of the tunnel is that once you have gone through your wardrobe it will leave you feeling confident and refreshed in everything that you have to wear!
Best of Luck
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