• Samantha Hebert

Fall is here! Time to prepare your closet (Part 1)

Are you a minimalist? Or do you admittedly enjoy the act of accumulating crap (I mean stuff) and prefer to hang on to that stuff, rarely purging? Whatever your style is, at some point, we all have to cull items from our closet. What method do you use in deciding what stays and what goes? Over the years we’ve heard all sorts of culling methods. Some of our clients turn all their hangers backwards to determine what they’re wearing and not wearing and over time will know what to donate. However a true minimalist can simply look at their wardrobe and pull out 5-10 shirts they didn’t wear all summer and have no problem putting them in the “to go” pile. Another suggestion, if you have an item you love but never wear, in an effort to figure out why you don’t, put it on and wear it for the day, albeit the reason will become obvious to you… it hangs wrong, it’s too short, you have to pull and tug on it to keep it in place, etc. That afternoon put it in the donate pile or decide you love it and just need to purchase some other pieces to go with it. Some of us use the “have I worn it in a year?” (or rather 2, or 3, or 4…) rule-of-thumb as a common method for deciding what stays and what goes.

However, for all of you that are feeling overwhelmed because you are in the category of “I love to accumulate stuff," may we suggest a different approach? Ask yourself “If I were shopping right this second, would I buy this item?” If the answer is no, out it goes. So, why is this trick more effective than others? For starters, there are plenty of things we own that we don’t wear daily but would still absolutely purchase today. Plus, our sense of what we really want can change on a dime. There you have it. The one simple question that can help you trim your overstuffed closet by 25% this year—and we strongly encourage you to give it a try—it can’t hurt.

We want to hear from you! What’s your favorite method of culling? We hope this inspires you to start making room today in your closet for your fall wardrobe. Get ready for next week when we talk about fall fashion with Lauren Monroe from Mimosa Boutique. You’ll want to be closet ready!


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