They say that clothes maketh a man (OK MS. Word stop it). So why is it that we treat clothes so bad? After all, it all started with Adam and Eve. It says in the bible that after they ate of the apple, they discovered that they were naked, hid from God behind a bush and covered themselves with fig leaves. Since that time, we have been having clothing issues including how to take care of them.
OK, that is not how the story goes after Adam and Eve ate the apple, they had worst problems after that time, because God does not care how we look, but man does. I am going to leave that one alone for now.
Welcome to day 6 of the 12 days of organizing. We are finally finished in the office area for now, and hitting something a little more personal: your clothing. In two weeks, 2015 will be here, and if you do not have your outfit together to ring in the New Year, folks will be talking about you for a couple of weeks (unless you plan on staying at home and kick it with Ryan Seacrest, which in that case, we need to talk about your social life—just kidding)
Can we agree on something? Clothing makes a person feel good when they are clean, fresh, and void of rips and tears. (Although after all these years the jury is still out on ripped jeans.) Any time you have a piece of clothing that does not meet yours or the fashion industry’s idea of clothing, you do not feel at your best, and if you are like me, you feel withdrawn, dirty, and unloved, and the only way to solve the problem is to go shopping.
Well not so fast, my friend, this is no ordinary post. In addition to helping you organize your closet, I am here to help you save money too. Once in for all, 2015 will be the year that you do not go to the store every two minutes for an outfit. We are going to make your current stuff work so that you only have to buy a few new pieces, not a whole closet.
Step 1-set aside a whole day to do this. (Yes, I said a whole day). Chances are that you have not looked at whole closet since summer.
Step 2-take everything out of the closet. By doing this, you are looking at every piece of clothing in there, and you are making decisions on what to do with it. You also know what you actually have in your closet.
Step 3-take each piece of clothing and look at it. When you are looking at it, you are deciding the following:
· Am I wearing it currently, and if not, why?
· If I am not wearing it, and I do not like it anymore, can I donate it or toss it? Put it in a toss pile or a donate pile. Throw away the toss pile, and take the donated clothing to a local shelter or charity that except the clothing and will give them to a family who needs them.
· If I am not wearing it because of the season? If that is the case, pack it away for the season. A note about seasonal clothing: It does not matter what season it is, as long as you have a place to put it while it is not in season. When you are ready to wear it, try it on first to see if you can still wear it. If so, place back into the closet.
· Can I still wear it? Look ladies, we all have our favorites, but if you cannot fit into it anymore, you just cannot fit into it anymore. Do not try to make it work or save it for when you can fit it again.
· Once you have done all of that, it is time to do the next step in the process:
Step 4- inspection time. You should have already done this, but in case you have not, it is time to inspect all the piece of clothing you decided to keep. If you find that it is torn and you can repair it, keep it, but if you cannot, toss.
Step 5-replace your clothing back into the closet. You can do this one of two ways: put like items together, which is the most common way of doing it, or you can mix and match items into outfits. Now do not emulate Clueless (if you have seen the movie). Cher has clothes for days, and she can look into her computer, match articles of clothing, and have a banging outfit in a matter of minutes. Most of us cannot afford a rotating clothing rack. Not bad for a 16-year old. This is also the time, when you would store your out-of-season clothing for the next season. Just know where you stored them.
You can do this same process for your accessories, shoes, purses, and clothing that are in your drawers. I recommend that you do it once a year to the maximum of every 6 months to change out your out-of-season clothing.
Once you have done this, you can now replace the articles of clothing that you have tossed either because of wear and tear or not fitting anymore. A new piece to an already established outfit can renew it and make it new again. Match the outfit with different accessories, a new top, or a new pair of shoes. So now you do not have to spend as much money.
Don’t just concentrate on the clothing itself, make your closet very special and inviting. How? By putting up organizational units, buying new hangers (I have invested in some Joy Mangano
Huggable Hangers, which are supposed to be better than the wire hangers that you get from the cleaners and the plastic tube hangers you get at the dollar stores). Have boxes for your purses, hooks for the items you use most often, and if you share with your spouse, pick a side for your clothes and a side for theirs.
Don’t forget about the thrift stores and consignment shops, where sometimes you can save even more money. You just have to know how to negotiate the prices, and make sure that the top you picked out, looks just as new as one from a regular department store.
Now you have an excuse to REALLY go shopping, but do not overdo it.