2016 is the year of the new you. Doesn’t that sound exciting?
As part of the improved “you,” you’ll need to make a promise. It’s a simple one, so there’s no forgetting.
Repeat after me, “I will only keep clothes that make me feel and look terrific.”
There, you solved the morning dilemma of what to wear to work.
Hey, this isn’t a new problem – we’ve all been there. You wade through piles of clothes in the morning only to choose that same outfit that always makes you feel great. Guess what, this is a clear sign that your closet is in need of a ruthless purge.
Take out the clothes that make you feel great. These are the go-to clothes that are essential to your well-being. I’m guessing that they look so spectacular that we won’t even need to question why they’re in your closet.
Sort the remaining items into three piles: 1) keep, 2) toss, and 3) donate or consign. An easy way to do this is by asking the following questions:
- Do I love it?
- Have I worn this garment in the past year?
- Does it fit me? (For this question, you’ll need to try on the piece of clothing and look at your reflection in a full-length mirror. Does the butt sag, is it three sizes too big, do you need to shorten the pants to wear them? Is it uncomfortable?)
- Is the item stained or does it need to be repaired?
- Does it make me look and feel good? (Ask a friend or spouse if you are unsure of how it looks.)
- If I was out shopping today, would I buy it again? Would I buy it if I needed to pay full price?
Sorting is difficult, so be prepared for total honesty. If you don’t see yourself wearing the item relatively soon, don’t keep it.
Get rid of the “toss” clothes immediately and bag up the “donate/consign” clothes. Better yet, put those bags of donations and consignment clothes in your car right away. Out of sight, out of mind.
Not sure how you feel about certain items? Pack them up, put them in storage, and go back to the items in three months. If you found yourself digging through the box for a particular item within those three months, keep it. If you never open the box, donate them.
So you love a garment, but there’s a stain, it’s in need of a good dry cleaning, or it needs a clothing alteration. Don’t wait any longer, now is the time to bring it to Best Cleaners for some expert help. We’ll have you wearing that item long before you find a new one to replace it!
The last step is all about maintaining your pristine closet. Do you have five minutes to spare? Run through the clothes you deemed questionable. Do you think you’re going to wear them? If not, it’s time to purge.
Also, the best way to bring new clothes into your wardrobe is by following the one-in, one-out rule. For every item you put in your closet or dresser, donate/sell/toss one or two other items.
The more often you do this, the quicker you’ll see how easy it is to get dressed in the morning.