THRIFTY THURSDAYS: Spring Cleaning Your Wardrobe

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Image Courtesy of Madame Noire
More important than buying new clothes because you think you have nothing to wear, is sorting through exactly what clothing you own.

Take an honest look at your wardrobe. Is your closet a gallery of your favorite items? Do you have clothes with tags that you haven’t worn? Do you take longer than usual to put an outfit together? If you have answered 'yes' to any of these questions, then it’s time to purge your closet.
Here are a few tips to help you get started:

(1) Invite one of your trusted friends to assist you, especially one whose style you absolutely love.

(2) Go through your closet and assess your clothing. Keep the items you definitely want hung up and separate the rest into two piles, a "no" pile and a "maybe" pile.

(3) The "no" pile should be clothing not worn in the past year. If these items have sentimental value, put away in a storage tote and store them away. Other items can be donated to charity or save for a fashion swap.

(4) Now go through the “maybe” pile. This is where your trusted friend is invaluable. Try on each piece and only keep items that you can wear immediately. No excuses, like I will lose weight etc. Any items that need to altered should be brought to seamstress ASAP.
5) Change out any mismatched hangers. Having the same looking hangers give your closet a nice uniform look. Your closet will be organized and more user-friendly.

(6) Lastly, organize your closet. I suggest organizing by three categories: career, casual and evening wear. Then organize by color. Trust me, this will make getting ready so much easier.

After following these tips, go through your closet again. You now have made space in your closet. If necessary, you can make a nice shopping list of items that you need to update or refresh your wardrobe.

Remember if this seems overwhelming, hire a personal stylist. These trained experts will guide you along the way to a clutter-free closet and a fashionable new you.

Whould you like to comment?

  1. I really appreciate the fact that you included "if it has sentimental value". I have a dress hanging in my closet that I haven't been able to wear in many years, but I refuse to get rid of it. It was my mother's wedding dress (not a traditional white wedding dress, but just a nice silk dress). It is over 50 years old. I wore it alot when I was in my late 20's, but that was many years ago and I know I'll never be that size again. But that is one item I will not get rid of. Thank you for recognizing that some of us have those types of items.

  2. Thanks for your comments. There are a few items in my closet (and certainly in Keren's) that I have yet to get rid of for this reason alone. A family wedding dress should definitely be held dear.

  3. I must have a organize closet what I call my “mini store”. So I try to clean out my closet twice a year to get rid of the old and add the new. The only bad thing is sometimes I want to wear an item that I gave away.