Do you have a closet full of clothes but nothing to wear? It’s actually a common problem, but instead of editing our closets we tend to go in the opposite direction and add more clothes. The end of the year is a great time to reassess your style and determine if it really reflects who you are and the image you want to project, so you can go into the new year as the real you. The best way to do that is to access your current wardrobe and do a closet edit.
First, go through your closet and take everything out. Second, assess everything you own and then (1) donate those items that you no longer fit or wear,(2) toss those that are in disrepair and can’t be fixed, and (3) clean and/or tailor those that need a few adjustments. Next, only keep those items that fit (not items you hope to fit in again, but that fit you NOW), look fabulous on you, are in style, and make you feel fabulous. Knowing your style personality or elemental energy is key and will be a big help to you in this process. Last, before returning those items back to your closet give it a good cleaning. Vacuum, dust, and fill it with your favorite scent and get some great hangers, either velvet or wood. It will make going into your closet a joyful event.
Once you’ve selected the clothes to return to your wardrobe, you’re ready to do the “Hanger Test.” If you’re like most (or everyone else) there are a few pieces that you struggled with letting go or felt you could give them another go. The “Hanger Test” will help you make a decision, once and for all, whether a piece of clothing can take up permanent residence in your closet or needs to go. Here’s what you’ll do.
- Take all the items in your closet and hang them “backward” with the open side of the hanger facing you.
- Set a date from today, say 3 or 6 months.
- Every time you wear an item return it to your closet and turn the hanger in the right direction.
- At the end of the timeframe exam those items that are still faced backward and ask yourself:
- Do I love this garment (color, fabric, pattern, silhouette, fit)?
- Will I really wear it? Or do I think I should wear it?
- How did I feel when I wear it?
- It it really me? Does it represent who I am and how I want to be perceived in the world?
- Does it still fit into my current lifestyle?
- If you answered in the negative, it’s time to part with it. However, if you’re still struggling with letting something go, keep that item hanging backward and repeat the process in another 3 or 6 months. If after the second cycle you still haven’t worn it, donate it, gift it, and bless someone else with your fabulous fashion sense. And before you say to yourself, “I may wear it one day,” just remember you have not worn the item in a while and probably won’t wear it again. Just let it go!
Consider filling your closet with those items that fulfill you and make you feel great, that fortify your image, goals, and intention, and function within your lifestyle, and obviously flatter your body. As I said before, knowing your elemental energy will be a big help because once you know your style archetype it will be easy to know which items you should keep and which should go. Here’s an example:
Believe it or not at the end of this process you will actually feel better about yourself, your image, and your clothes. It takes some time and work, but in the end conducting a proper closet edit is absolutely worth it!
Live, laugh, shine!