Happy 2010!

Start the year off backwards!

Happy New Year everyone!  Welcome to 2010!

If you’re like me, you’ve already had a discussion with friends & family, and yourself, about what some of your goals are for the new year.  And the new decade!  Mine range from health to relational, and definitely encompass my wardrobe!  I’ve got a number of items that are in my closet, but have not been worn in a season, or three.  So it’s time to  purge!

Today is the perfect day to get started….we’ve got time to do it (the other option of all day bowl games might make this even more appealing!  And even if you love college football, there’s time during commercials!), we’ve had the ultimate reset button pushed (a new month, new year, new decade), and we’ve got a three day weekend to tackle a few of these little to do’s.  Not only that, but you’ve got to make room for the great pieces that 2010 is going to bring your way!

You can do a quick initial sweep or a complete overhaul, so head to your closet right now, here we go!

To pass on a little tip from Tim Gunn, start by making four piles:

Keep

Mend

Give Away

Throw Away

For keeping, create a system to make sure you’ll wear these items.  I know, I know, I keep harping on having a system, but if you’re not wearing it, what’s the point in keeping it?  (Or really, buying it in the first place?  But that’s a topic for a future post!).  A great place to start today is by turning all your hangers the opposite direction, hanging with the hook facing you.  That way, after you wear something, you can put the item back with the hook facing away, and you’ll know you’ve worn it.  If items are still backwards in a few months, then take another look at keeping them.  Also, group things by type (pants, tops, skirts, dresses, ties, and so on), and even by color.

For mending, you can do this yourself, enlist the help of a friend or neighbor, or find a great seamstress.  A lot of dry cleaners have a seamstress in house, or you ask a friend, or try Yelp.  If you live in San Jose, Nancy’s Alterations on Saratoga Ave is the best one I know.  You can recover some much loved items from the Give Away and Throw Away piles if you mend them.  Remember, a missing button is not a deal breaker!

For giving away, these should be items still in good and wearable condition, but maybe they don’t fit you properly or you’ve just never worn them.  See if any of your friends the same size want them first, as this is a great way to enhance each other’s wardrobes and still keep within budget.  Your next stop can be the Goodwill or other charitable organization.

For throwing away, these will be things that no one would wear.  They’ve got a hole or rip that can’t be mended, a stain that won’t come out, the fabric has started to pill.  If you’re on the fence about whether something is give away or throw away, here’s a good question:  Would you want to give it to your best friend to wear?  If no, throw away.

One other option for clothes in this category:  throw them into a spot in the garage or laundry and use them as cloth rags.  My mom used to call this the “rag bag”.

It can help to have someone to edit with you.  Be sure to find someone who will give an honest opinion, and can be objective about what works on you!

At the end of last year, I offered a limited number of closet clean outs (a two hour consultation) for just $50!  I’ve got just one of these left, so be sure to schedule with me right away if that will be yours!

Happy New Year to each of you.  Here’s to a year of fresh starts and fantastic new outfits!


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