These eight simple steps will make a huge difference in your daily attitude and your style cred. Don’t think about it…just do it. I know you want to leave the house feeling great and knowing you look spectacular every single day!
Warning: You’ll need to block out a couple of hours to do this, but it’s so worth it! Trust me, you won’t be sorry.
Step 1: Go directly to your closet and pull anything that you have tried on recently that you didn’t end up wearing.
Step 2: Now pull anything you haven’t worn in the last year. (No, I’m not going to tell you to just automatically throw it all out or give it all away.)
Step 3: This is the part that will take a bit of time…try it all on. That’s right, every dress, pair of pants, jeans, top, skirt, and yes, even shoes. Everything you pulled out of your closet and drawers, you’re going to actually put it on and see how it looks.
Step 4: Be merciless and be honest. Anything that makes you feel the least bit unattractive, unhappy or is just downright uncomfortable – put those and only those in a donation pile. No exceptions. I don’t care if it’s the most stylish, trending item that everyone “has to have.” If it looks anything other than great on you- get rid of it. Sell it if you want to instead, but it’s gotta go!
Step 5: Anything that doesn’t fit quite right, but could with a little bit of alterations, put that in another pile for your tailor or seamstress, if it’s worth it to you. If not, it goes in the aforementioned donate (or sell) pile.
Step 6: You will probably have things in the pile that you haven’t worn in quite some time, but they are special some way and look fantastic on you. Perhaps a more formal piece that you adore, looks great, but you only bring it out for certain special occasions. If you love them, don’t give these things away! Hold on to them even if you haven’t worn them in ten years! I recently wore a gorgeous long dress that hadn’t seen the light of day in probably seven or eight years and it’s still fabulous. Not to mention some of your treasures you may want to pass on to someone someday.
Step 7: Organize your closet and drawers as you put everything back in. Create sections and group categories and colors together to make your life easier when you’re looking for something. Those things you don’t wear very often can go in the hardest to reach places. Leave the easy access for your everyday items that are your go-to’s.
Step 8: Now that you’ve purged all the bad stuff, you’ve got an organized closet full of only things that look good on you! No more too small, too big, unflattering, ill-fitting clothes and shoes. You will stop trying on that “thing” that you wish looked good (but know it doesn’t) because it’s not there anymore. This is huge. Imagine getting ready and only trying on things that flatter you. It will save you time and give you an additional confidence boost.
What are you waiting for? Get to it!