The other day, I was going out to a nice restaurant to celebrate a friend’s birthday and I thought, “What am I going to wear?”
You’ve been there, haven’t you?
It can be hard to find the “treasures” in our closets when they are buried in junk, laundry, and ill-fitting clothes. I asked my friend, author and organizational expert Karen Ehman, for some advice. Here’s an excerpt from 31 Days to a Younger You about sorting your closet into three categories:
- Giveaway – This is where you put the clothes that don’t fit anymore, don’t flatter your figure, or don’t have anything to match. If you haven’t worn it in two years, it’s time to pitch it. You may have emotional ties to the sweater your favorite aunt gave you, but if you don’t wear it, toss it (you can take a picture of it first if you’re very sentimental!).
- Throwaway – These clothes are in such bad shape that even Goodwill won’t touch them! This is the pile you put your underwear with the shot elastic.
- Put Away – These are items that don’t belong in your closet. Maybe you have photo albums, trinkets, or projects that need to be moved. Or clothes that belong to a friend that you keep forgetting to return.
Be ruthless in your sorting. When you try on a borderline outfit, ask yourself, “Would I want to run into someone important at the grocery store wearing this?” or “Would it be okay if the paparazzi took my picture in this and plastered it on the cover of a tabloid magazine?” Once you have made some room in your closet, you can purchase a few new pieces that will compliment your figure, style, and current wardrobe. It’s never too late to renovate your look so have fun with it.
Sometimes the best shopping can happen in our own closets (free is the best bargain ever, right?). After I sorted through my closet, I was able to re-discover pieces I hadn’t worn in months but still liked.
The way we dress can help us look and feel younger. Don’t be afraid to ask a fashion savvy friend for advice or even to go through your closet with you.
In my book, I give tips about improving your appearance along with many ideas to spruce up your spiritual life too. Beauty truly comes from the inside out!
An energetic speaker and writer, Arlene Pellicane has been featured on The Hour of Power, The 700 Club, and Turning Point with Dr. David Jeremiah. Her book, 31 Days to a Younger You: No Surgery, No Diets, No kidding (Harvest House Publishers) helps women become more beautiful from the inside out.
Arlene knows the ups and downs of pregnancy (she was pregnant five times in six years in her thirties). Arlene miscarried a baby at 26 weeks and is able to relate to moms who have suffered a similar loss. Visit her website www.ArlenePellicane.com for free resources, videos, podcasts and more. Arlene loves speaking to women at retreats, moms groups, seminars, and special events. Arlene lives in San Diego with her husband James and three children, Ethan, Noelle, and Lucy.
Have you done a closet overhaul lately? What hidden treasures are buried there?