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Building Your Wardrobe, Your Closet

Do you have a closet full of clothes, but nothing to wear?  If you do, you’re not alone; in fact, most women wear only 20% of their clothing 80% of the time!  Follow our “Building your Wardrobe” blog series for steps and tips to build your ideal wardrobe!

1.  Conquer your closet

2. Make your shopping list

3. Shop!!

4. Create your outfits

Today’s blog will address the first step, CONQUERING YOUR CLOSET.  You will need to evaluate and organize each item in your closet.  I know what you’re thinking, easier said than done!  I agree, but if you approach this task systematically, it’s not as difficult as you think, AND the end result is definitely worth the effort.  Allow 2 to 4 hours to complete this step.


I recommend you begin by removing everything from your closet. As you begin the sorting process, evaluate each item (including accessories) and place it into 1 of 4 groups.

GROUP 1:  Items that you definitely want to keep

GROUP 2:  Items to keep, but which need to be repaired or altered

GROUP 3:  Items that you might want to keep

GROUP 4:  Items that don’t fit or that you’re no longer thrilled with


This group should include garments that fit you, garments and accessories that you wear often and which flatter your figure.  Organize items into categories: jackets, pants, skirts, dresses, blouses, accessories.  Put these items back into your closet assorted first by category and then by color.  Organizing your closet this way will be helpful when you’re ready to create new outfits.


Organize the items in this group by what needs to be done: dry cleaning, repairs or alterations, and set aside to take to the appropriate vendor.  Once the work has been completed, organize them by category and color with the other items in your closet.


Here’s where you MUST decide if it’s worth keeping.  Ask yourself if you have worn it in the past 6-12 months, if it is the right style for your body shape, and if it is a good color on you.  If the answer is yes to all these questions, keep the item (but only if you’ll wear it).  If any of the answers are no, decide if you would wear the item more often if it was restyled; sometimes, just altering the length of a jacket, skirt or dress to look current will make the garment work for you again.  Most importantly, be alright with letting go of things that don’t work for you.  It’s better to get rid of items that will just end up cluttering your closet.


If you have an item in Group 3 and simply can’t decide whether to keep it or not, try storing it for a year outside your closet.  If you don’t miss the item after a year, it’s time for it to join Group 4!


Trash the items that are soiled and worn beyond repair – thrift stores won’t want these items either.  If items are in good condition, you can either sell them, help others by donating them to a charity, or give them away to a friend or family member.

Watch for our next “Building your Wardrobe” blog where we’ll share how to complete STEP 2 – making your shopping list!

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