1. Empty your entire closet and drawers, including all clothes, shoes, bags/purses, and accessories. Then divide them into 3 piles: things you will wear again, things you will never wear again, and things you might wear again.
2. For the things you’ll never wear again or haven’t worn in at least two years, discard them appropriately asap! If they’re in good condition, please donate them to a good cause. Take this as an opportunity to see what fits and what doesn’t.
3. For the things that you think you might wear again, consider this: Can it be altered? If the hem of your favorite jeans is fraying, consider hemming them or turning them into capris or shorts. Turn a maxi skirt into a knee-length skirt. Be creative. Also mixing these pieces with new items may change the look entirely.
4. As a general guideline, I like to use what I call “the rule of 3”: Essentially, make a list of all the items you will wear again. My rule is that you should have at least 3 (or more) of these specific items, in a different cut, silhouette, or color, as categorized:
- Denim jeans that fit you well
- Tailored or black pants
- Well-fitted Blouses
- Casual tops / T-shirts
- Tailored or trendy jackets
- Day dresses
- Evening dresses
- High-heeled shoes
- Flat shoes
- Bags: 1 everyday tote, 1 cross-body or chain purse, 1 clutch
Note: This isn’t set in stone, but it’s a starting point to keep your wardrobe versatile and balanced.
5. Start filling up your closet. Sort your wardrobe in a way that is easily accessible for your everyday life and separate summer items from winter items. The pieces you are more likely to wear on a daily basis should be at the forefront of your closet so that you spend less time getting ready in the morning.
6. Store your classic designer items in garment bags if you must – whether it’s McQueen, Prada, or Dior. The last thing you want is to regret getting rid of any such fabulous items, regardless of the frequency of its use.
7. Know what to fold and what to hang. Remember to always fold your knits, never hang them, to prevent from stretching. Also keep your shoes stacked away in boxes to maintain their appearance. Keep it neat… at least until your next spring cleaning.
8. Time for shopping! With a new season full of new trends to try and a neatly organized closet, you’ll be more aware and focused on what to buy and more eager to shop.
Your wardrobe reflects who you are as a person and projects where you are going in life. Make lasting first impressions and feel good about yourself through the clothes you wear. And remember, “a girl should be two things: classy and fabulous.” –Coco Chanel
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