You’ve figured out who you are. Now, how do you tackle your overflowing closet? It’s going to take some time, but you will get every bit of it back, and more, once you have a much smaller selection of nothing but clothes you love. Most people say to start with the core or capsule items (the obligatory white dress shirt, a pair of jeans, black dress pants, etc.) but I think the moment someone reads that, they feel obliged to shop. You need to see what’s in your closet first before adding more and spending money. You might already have your perfect closet. So, let’s begin.
1. Take everything out of your closet and put it on the bed. We are going to create 4 piles.
Pile 1: stained or damaged
Pile 2: too small/don’t like it anymore
Pile 3: maybe (not sure if it fits, not sure if you love it)
Pile 4: love (including items that are too big. you would die if this was removed from your closet)
So you are sitting in your room surrounded by piles of clothes. What’s next? The stained or damaged pile goes in the trash. Take anything too small or that you no longer like and bag it up for charity or make some money back and sell it on ebay or to a second hand store. Put the love pile to the side for now. We are going to concentrate on the maybe pile. It’s time for a fashion show. Take each item in the maybe pile and try it on. A maybe can become a love. How do you feel in it? How do you look in it? How does the fabric feel against your skin? Does it match who you are and your life style? If you had an “OMG I forgot I had this. Why haven’t I been wearing this!” moment transfer it to your love pile. Anything in the maybe pile that itches, doesn’t fit right, and doesn’t make you feel amazing goes into the sell/donate pile.
Now tackle that love pile. It’s probably not very big. Most women only wear 20% of what’s in their closet. But don’t worry. We are figuring out what you have and what needs to be added. Back to the love….I am hoping that you have ended up with some items that are too big or too long. I never let size deter me from something I love. If I see a dress that I feel like a goddess in but the length is longer than I like, I take it to have it hemmed. It costs hardly anything (I had 3 skirts hemmed recently, 1 linen with lining, 1 silk with lining, 1 twill and it cost me $40) and now it has become a custom piece. So now you’ve created a mini pile of items to be altered. What’s left in your love pile? Are there any core pieces? A lot of bottoms and not enough shirts? A ton of shirts and no bottoms? Nothing but dresses? Do the pieces you have work together? Is there a common color theme? Lay out a top and see how many bottoms you have that match with it. This will give you an idea of where you might need to grab some core pieces.
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