A couple of weeks ago, I got out all my summer clothing. But when I wanted to wear them, Yikes!!! They didn’t fit. It was, however, nice to know I’d lost weight but not-so-nice to realize I’d either have to buy a new wardrobe or get them altered. So, it was time to re-evaluate EVERYTHING. Here’s how!
Setting the stage
Burn a scented candle; place cut flowers in the room; play soothing music. Start at one end of your closet and move towards the other. Shoes and accessories are evaluated last. Put each item on a rolling rack or on your bed for a better view of what’s there.
Create four separate areas for your clothes
1) Yes – for your keeper items, to be placed on your new flocked hangers and hung back into
2) No – for the clothing items that you are letting go of, piled neatly to be bagged up.
3) Alterations – items that need mending or dry cleaning.
4) Maybe – for the items that you can’t decide on. (Use this area only as a last resort.)
Evaluate yourself in your full length mirror. Ask . . .
1) Do I Love the item?
2) Is it flattering or do I have a wardrobe malfunction?
3) Does it portray the best image for me, my body shape and my age?
Items that you truly love that fit and flatter your body today.
You must be willing to toss the items that no longer serve you – even fave items from long ago.
In determining whether to toss or keep an item, ask
Have I worn this item in the last year? In the last 2 years?
Am I waiting to lose weight (or gain) before I can fit into this item again?
I am keeping this item because it was an expensive impulse purchase?
Question: If I love this piece of clothing, can I wear it again this year if I do a simple alteration or accessory update?