Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Nothing to Wear? It's Time to Clean Out Your Closet

It’s always frustrating when you look in your closet, and you feel like you have nothing to wear. Which is funny, because you can barely close the doors, there are so many clothes in there. But you might be stuck in a rut. When was the last time you gave your garments a good going over?

There's more than likely to be a whole heap of items that you would still wear. Have you forgotten about them, or can’t find them because of all the stuff in the way? There is no point in putting it off any longer. Procrastinating is just no good.  You’ve got things to do so just get on with it; that closet isn’t going to sort itself.

First things first, then. Make sure your bed is clear, and you’ve got a few bin bags, some storage bags or boxes, and a suitcase. There’s no point in doing a half-job if you get everything sorted out now it’s going to save you lots of time in the mornings when you’re getting dressed. You might even be able to have an extra ten minutes hitting that snooze button. Or, you might even get out the house on time for once! Making life easier for yourself can be a big motivation, so remember if you start flagging half way through to keep your eyes on your final goal. Put some upbeat music on to keep you going and make sure you have something to eat and drink before you start. You’re going to need some energy to complete your task.

So, it’s time to empty out that wardrobe. You might even give yourself a giggle with some of the outfits you’ve worn over the years. You wouldn't be the first person to look and some old items and wonder what on earth you were thinking! Then, once you’ve got everything laid out, you need to have a good look at every single item.

Make a pile of everything that you want to keep, that fits and doesn't need any repairs or work done.  The next pile is for clothes you would like to keep but require further evaluation. If you’ve lost weight, you might have some items you love, but they’re now too big. If you’re handy with a needle and thread or know someone else who is, you might be able to get them taken it to fit your new slender form.

You might have put on a few pounds and find that there’s a bit too much muffin top going on. Be honest with yourself. Are you likely to shed the pounds, or are they six sizes smaller than you’ve been in the last ten years? If your jeans are just a little too tight, you can use pants extenders under your belt to accommodate your increased girth. It’s a great fix if you’ve started to try and lose weight but aren’t quite there yet. It saves money too. Dieting can get expensive once you start having to buy new clothes!

It could be the case that you don’t wear certain items because they need repairing. It could be a lost button or a small hole, but you can fix these problems up. You don’t even need to be a skilled sewer; if you can do a couple of basic stitches then you can fix most things!  Lastly, should be stuff you don’t want to keep. If they are in good condition, you could bag yourself some cash by selling them online or at a tabletop sale. If you can’t be bothered with all that, donate them to charity. You could help someone in need with your unwanted stuff.

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