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Tackling the Clothes Closet Clean Out
How I wish I were able to pull any outfit out of my closet and put it on and go. Now, there is just a jumble of pants and skirts and sweaters, all screaming to be cleaned out.
Unless you are super organized and fanatically clean, your closet may be in the need of an over haul once in a while. This is always a hard task for me to tackle. I do not like parting with clothes any more than Martha Stewart likes to part with her glue gun!
Before you get started, there are a few things to keep in mind when you are debating whether or not to dump your favorite duds. Remember that our goal is to be able to reach into out closet at any time and find the perfect outfit.
The Fit Factor
I, personally, have way too many "skinny" clothes that have not fit for years (or never quite did to begin with) but I keep around in hopes that one day I will discover the secret to obtaining will power against french fries. These are the first clothes that should go. There is no use in having a closet full of clothes that may fit.
Stuck in a Style Rut
Did you ever fall in love with a certain style and buy a ton of that type of clothing in a variety of different colors? Honestly, who needs 7 pair of plaid golf pants or 5 tie-dyed shirts? If you simply must keep them around, narrow it down to only a few in the color(s) you wear most Any clothes that you pick up and say, "What was I thinking?" deserve to be sent on their way to the Salvation Army. Your closet (and SA) will surely thank you.
Major Surgery or Out Patient Procedure
Many times a small hole or tear will form in your clothes or you will accidentally smear your favorite frocks with some humus-like substance at a ragin' party. Now is the time to rummage around, pull out all of your damaged duds, and put them under the microscope. Chances are that you, or someone you know, will be able to mend the minor rips and tears. For anything you do not want to tackle at home, your local dry cleaner/tailor may be able to help. Also see them for those stubborn stains. Dump anything that is ruined beyond recognition.
Once things are in order, you can begin to give your closet a new look. Change hooks and shelves around, if possible, to maximize your closet space. Experiment with different organizing containers for all of your non-hanging clothes.
Check out your nearest Kmart, Target or Bradlees (or anywhere comparable) for sales on this merchandise. While you are there, you may also want to check out the selection of hangers they carry. I suggest investing in the shirt-and-pants-in-one variety. This allows you to pre-create outfits and cuts down on closet space by putting two (or more) items on one hanger.
Your local Salvation Army or religious organization will be glad to take the clothing, shoes and anything else off of your hands that is in good, wearable condition. Enjoy your newly renovated closet!