Renew Your Wardrobe

The winter months always seem to drag on forever. You walk to your closet every morning only to find that you have “nothing” to wear. Even if there are a million things hanging in your closet, you’re so bored with all of it that getting dressed is depressing. Now with the changing seasons you will be putting away the sweaters and pulling out the shorts. Why not use this time to your advantage and start your spring cleaning. Your wardrobe needs a makeover and here’s how to do it in 5 easy steps.

1. Empty & Assess

Pull out everything in the closet and lay it out where you can see it. Beds work great for this. The purpose of this step is to see what you have (and don’t have) and to give your closet some fresh air. The renewal of your closet will help you also feel renewed and give you a fresh start.

2. Sort & Categorize

Start moving everything into piles or categories. First, sort everything into basic categories like Tees, Sweaters, Pants, Shorts, Skirts, Jackets, Shoes, etc. then go into more detail once those piles are all sorted. Some examples of more detailed categories are Season, Color, Frequency of Wear, etc. This step is great because it allows you to really see what great pieces have been overlooked or what can be retired from your wardrobe.

3. Itemize & Donate

Now it’s time to start getting rid of what you don’t need. Start by making an itemized list of what you have. Pull out and set aside any items that: 1 Don’t fit quite right, 2 Aren’t comfortable, 3 Haven’t been worn in forever, 4 Won’t be worn anytime soon, 5 Are completely out of style. Now from this reject pile, decide if there is anything that you cannot live without. If there is something there that you just can’t bear getting rid of, put it back until next year. Otherwise, box up what is left in the reject pile and label it DONATE. Cross those items that you are donating off your itemized list. Go back over your list to determine if any essentials are missing from your wardrobe. *Another fun thing you can do to itemize your wardrobe is to photograph each item and catalog it on your home computer. Then in the future you won’t have to dig through racks of clothes to find an outfit because you will have those photos readily accessible through your computer.

4. Decorate & Arrange

An extra touch that you can add to your wardrobe if you are feeling really ambitious is a closet makeover. Add a splash of paint or wallpaper to the back wall of your closet to add some spice. Decorative baskets or boxes will also add some pizazz as well as a great means of storage. Get rid of those ugly wire hangers and buy some matching wooden ones. Put your shoes on a display rack or shelving unit rather than just tucking them in the back of your closet. This will make picking shoes to wear more like shopping than just pulling out an old pair to throw on. Just adding small touches of detail can make a world of difference.

5. Go Shopping & Accessorize

Now that you know what you have and maybe some extra space to fill, go shopping! Be careful not to overload yourself…only buy 1 item for every item you got rid of. Have a budget and make a list of what you need. Don’t buy anything that isn’t on your list. If you can’t afford new clothing or if you haven’t decided exactly what you need yet, buy some accessories to spice up what you already have. Belts, necklaces, and bracelets can make any boring outfit look completely fabulous. Try new things and have fun with your accessories. You’ll be amazed at what a simple cinch belt can do.

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