Welcome to the spring closet clean-out of 2012! Here, we'll show you how to make the important decision of what stays and what goes so you can then make room for your spring clothes!
First, make some time when you can focus totally on your closet — no phone, TV, interruptions and not even music. That way, nothing but your clothes set the emotional tone. Ready? Open your closet door, put the first item on, and take a good look in the mirror. Do not just focus on the item but how you look in the garment.
Do the color, fabric and cut express your authentic self? Would you rank this as an 'A+' look? Continue this analysis with each item. Start by putting those 'A+' ranked garments on the left side of your closet. Put the 'B's in the center. The ultimate goal is that eventually everything in your closet ranks an 'A+.'
If there are some pieces that are in an unranked limbo, here are some tips that might help you decide where they belong:
Many people hold on to garments for historical reasons. That bright-red tee commemorating the high-school reunion, the dress worn to the rehearsal dinner, etc. You do not have to get rid of them completely, but please don’t leave them in your closet. Create a memory box or find a storage closet with an extra shelf and store your memory clothing there, the way you keep other kinds of souvenirs.
After you have gone through and ranked each item, push all of your 'near hit' clothing a little farther to the left so you can look at them as a group. Take a moment to appreciate how all of the colors, patterns and textures relate to one another and tell the story of who you are.
Now, for a week or so before you go shopping for new spring clothes, try dressing yourself only from the left side of the closet. Discern what it is about this group of clothing that gives it the 'A+' rating. When you wear them, do you get more compliments from your friends? A different type of romantic attention? More respect at work? Do you feel more confident? Take what you learn from this existing group when shopping for new items, and use the palette, fabrics and cuts that serve you so well. In other words, take the clothing that makes you feel at your best, and duplicate your past successes.
It is at this point you should feel free to try on the 'C' and 'D' list items from your closet for comparison. It is now so much more obvious that they do not serve you the same way that the 'A+' ones do. This is the moment that you can bundle them up and drop them off at the thrift shop on the way to go shopping for your new spring clothes! Whether you're shopping the floral print trend or want to wear tangerine, the color of the year, make sure the clothing still speaks to you personally and fits you well!
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