If you are expecting me to give you the same tired advice of cleaning your closet and drawers your wrong. Wait! You don’t know what I’m talking about? Okay, here is the way you are suppose to clean your closet. First you empty it and then you sort. If you have anything super good you could try taking it to a consignment shop and seeing if you can make a few bucks or simply place your items in the donate pile. If you are like me you probably even have a few items that just need to be in the trash. Yes, I know those sweats are comfortable, but they have had a coffee stain on them since 1999. It’s time to move on. I learned how to truly clean my closet during the latest Winter to Spring wardrobe rotation.
How to Clean Your Closet: (If you are a wacko like me.)
Let me start from the beginning, it happened one day when I was in New York City with my family having a great time. Then I saw it! The horrible pictures of me! When I left my house that day I thought I looked cute. I had slimmed down a bit and I was feeling scrappy. There was no saving me after I saw those photos. Did I really look like that? That dress was horrid! The sweater – What was I thinking! As soon as we got home I removed my clothes and promptly placed them in a trash bag to donate. I looked around my room at the piles of Spring clothes and bins. Was it possible that other atrocities were hiding in there? There was only one thing to do – I needed to take photos of myself in the clothes before I put them away. The camera doesn’t lie. I then realized anytime that I have ever thought, “Didn’t that person look at themselves in the mirror before they left the house?” was also a lie. I looked . I always look, but the camera helped me see something else. As much of a disappointment I found some clothes to be, I found others more beautiful than I thought. Some where along the way between being a mom and a wife I had lost some sense of style that made me who I am. In purging all the things that made me feel frumpy I found myself. I also found out that it’s not how others see me that matters, it’s always been how I see myself. I thought it was the other way around, but I now know it’s never been that way. It’s amazing that I learned all that from a bad photograph.
1. Take your picture.
2. If the thought runs through your head, “I’ll save this for when…” Get rid of it!
3. If it looks good, but is uncomfortable- get rid of it!
4. Laugh at yourself.
5. Rejoice in who you are.
6. Move on
Time to Update:
So, now you have barely any clothes left, what do you do?
1. Buy a magazine- visit a fashion blog (My favorite Momtrends)
2. Make a list of what’s hot.
3. You can buy new stylish clothes at inexpensive places like Target or H&M. They will last you through the season.
4. Shop the clearance racks at high end store! You’d be surprised at what you can find at discount prices. If you are spending a good chunk of change make sure that the piece you buy is timeless. Do not spend big bucks on trendy pieces if you are on a budget.
5. Thrift stores and consignment shops are your friend. So many things come back in style and these places have them at rock bottom prices. Just call it VINTAGE!
6. Shoes do matter! Enough with the flip flops- spend money on good shoes your feet will thank you!