So, now that we’ve established where we want to be, we need to start taking action toward getting there!
1) Get clear on your “brand” and what you really need.
Ask yourself, What do you want your clothing to say about you? What do you want that first impression to be? Give yourself some time to daydream and think…
Then ask, What sort of clothing do you need in your life? For example, the person who needs a suit for work has very different needs than the person who works in a casual office or is a stay-at-home mom. Or maybe, like me, you’re often cold, even in summer, so you need to be aware of sleeve length and having your legs covered. If you go to a lot of parties or have a hobby where more formal attire is required, you’ll need to factor that in as well.
This is also an opportunity for you to radically change your answer to both of those questions, so if you’ve ever wanted to, now is that time! Maybe you wish you had more sparkling party dresses. Maybe you hate being underdressed. Factor that in here.
2) Clean out your current closet.
Take an afternoon, get yourself your favorite non-alcoholic beverage (you need to be of sound mind for this process!) and a friend or some fantastic music and go through everything and put it in three piles: love, TLC and other.
- What do you love that loves you back? Make sure it’s hung and well cared for. Make a note of it in a notebook so that you’re aware of it and can remove it from your possible lists of needs.
- Anything you love that needs a little TLC? Show it the love and either fix it yourself (you’d be surprised how easy a button is to fix) or send it to someone who can fix it for you. Again, add it to the list of haves and move on.
- Not right? Doesn’t fit? It goes into the other pile. Grab some big black garbage bags and get rid of it. Either give it to a friend who will love it or donate it to charity. I always tell myself, “oh, I’ll put it on eBay or etsy!” but realistically, the time I put into it never pays out. If you have some fantastic vintage finds that make a killing on one or the other, go ahead but 99.9% of the time, it’s better to just give it away and get it out of the closet.
BTW, this is directly applicable to anywhere else in your life, including but not limited to your computer, your jewelry drawer, your cosmetics case… the list goes on and on!
3) Ask yourself, What would best serve you right now?
When I gave the massive list last Wednesday, you may have thought to yourself (like I did), “Oh my goodness… I like this idea, but rebuilding? That’s going to get really expensive!” and it potentially can. But, here are three questions you can ask yourself to help:
- What can you spend right now? Give yourself a number.
- When’s the next time you’ll be able to spend another big chunk?
- What pieces do I really need between then and now?
Answer these three questions honestly and that will give you an idea of what you should start window shopping for.