Every season it’s a good idea to perform a closet cleanout. 

Even if this job is a little distressing it is an important step in the process of reorganization. In every woman’s wardrobe there are clothes with invisible guilty tags attached to them.  They lie in wait to remind you of how much money you paid for them and how few times they have been worn.  Keeping these clothes will actually cost you money and they take up valuable space in your wardrobe.
Once to have committed to better buying habits, bad clothing purchases will become a thing of the past, so it’s time to forgive yourself and give them away.  
 
Before you start put your makeup on and style your hair.  This will make decisions easier if you need to try on your clothes.Take a close look at the items in your wardrobe and put each item into the following categories: 

AdobeStock_747363511. Items to Keep

  • Those that require no alterations to fit or proportion
  • Those that are in harmony with your personality
  • Those that are comfortable to wear and fit well
  • Those that flatter your figure and make you feel good
  • Those that are in good condition and repair

2. Items that Need Attention

  • Those with missing buttons, fallen hems, rips etc.
  • Those that are soiled
  • Those that require alteration
  • Those that require another item to be purchased before it can be worn

3. Items that Need to be Given Away or Discarded

  • Any item that is now too small or too large
  • Any items that no longer fit well
  • Any item that is out-of-date
  • Any item unworn for three years
  • Any item worn out, torn or stained
  • Any items that no longer fit your lifestyle needs
  • Any items that are an uncomplimentary style on you
  • Items in colours that are not complimentary to you
  • Anything you like in theory, but hate whenever you put them on
  • Dead underwear, the kind that has exhausted elastic and holes
  • Items that are not of the quality you now wear

 

4. With the Clothes that are Left

  • Remove those not in season and either store or pack them away until next season.  This will give you a clear view of what you have to wear and will allow the remaining clothes to breathe and not get crushed.
  • Remove clothes from wire hangers and replace them on hangers specifically designed for the type of garment.  These hangers will allow garments to hang in their natural lines and minimize the need to re-iron your clothes.

5. Make a Wardrobe Inventory of What You Have Left

  • Make an inventory. This will become the basis from which you will determine your clothing needs.  List each garment in your wardrobe, then add to the list all the items that it coordinates with including your accessories.
  • Try on all combinations – not all will look good once on the body.  If they need altering do not place them back in the wardrobe.  Instead bag them and place them in your car ready for when you next pass your alteration service.  
  • Place your clothing back in the wardrobe only after you have explored and noted all the possible combinations.
  • Take this opportunity to sift through your jewellery, belts and bags.  Remove any items broken, missing their partner or outdated.
  • Go back and examine your list.  Determine what items you need to buy in order to expand your wardrobe options. 

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