Did you remember to reset your clocks this past weekend? I didn't! I did, however, reset my closet. A lot of folks use the time change to remind them to change the batteries in the smoke alarm. Why not use the same day to remind you revisit your closet?
Spring is a great time to purge. Or, if you're not ready or willing to do that, then consider putting away your winter clothes and giving the spotlight to your warmer weather clothes.
The large plastic boxes from the discount stores are a great storage alternative for your winter clothes. There is a slight controversy here, though. Some folks think you should not store clothes in airtight containers, while others feel it's the best way to keep critters, crumbs and kids out. (We'd love to hear which side of the controversy you come down on)
However you choose to store them, get your winter clothes out of your closet as soon as you can. Why? It's time to start a new approach to how you organize your current season's outfits. What's the new twist?
This time, hang up all your clothes with the hanger facing backwards. When you've worn it, then hang it back the normal way. At the end of the season, you'll have an easy time telling instantly which clothes you've worn and which you've ignored all season long. (Thus making them easier to delete by donation!)
It's also a good idea to consider which styles of clothes you look best in. You may unconciously already be doing this. The Stuff Whisperer went through her closets and got rid of all her jewel necked shirts. She realized one day that she'd avoided wearing t-shirts because that particular neckline was unbecoming to her. In total, she was able to jettison 70 plus tops that didn't make her look her best.
What styles do you avoid? A certain neckline? Cap sleeves? Mid length skirts? If you can figure out the type of clothes you can avoid, you can not only figure out what probably doesn't suit you, but also declutter your closet at the same time.
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