July is the perfect month to reevaluate your summer wardrobe and perform a ‘closet cleansing’ of lightweight and warm weather styles. By plunging into the depths of any drawers and all hanging items, you will identify everything that is hiding, forgotten or simply never to be worn again. You are a better purveyor of the cloth than I if there is not something out of sight that is a complete gem or let’s face it, a ghastly give away.
Here’s the formula for success:
- Prepare – have a container for empty hangers, giveaways and needs to be repaired. Everything thing else will be put back into the closet. Now is also a good time to transition to all felt hangers, they save room, look uniform and many big box stores sell 35 for around $10.
- What stays and what goes –
- It is time to remove anything that does not fit. Be realistic about a 5 or 10 pound shift in weight, if you can’t wear something, make room for something you can.
- It is time to remove anything that you don’t like because you won’t wear it. Believe me.
- It is time to remove anything that is hanging around (ha!) because it was expensive. The money is spent, the joy has passed and keeping it is not going to change either of these facts.
- It is time to remove anything that is out of date or shows wear. Be honest, that fine gauge knit sweater that is lightly embellished and rests on or above your hipbone is passé. Pass it on.
- Dive in – If your closet is not already organized by bottoms, skirts and dresses, do this after you sort through everything. No need to organize items you are discarding. Tops should be organized by sleeve length and color. If you have distinct categories of clothing, i.e. work and casual clothing, organize as above within each category.
Caution – Although it is with the best of intentions, try and avoid sluffing your discards off on someone you adore. If you truly have a DVF dress that is amazing, take a photo and send it to the potential recipient. You will know shortly if they share your enthusiasm without leaving it on their doorstep.
Do it now! Go ahead, dig in, find the odd summer tunic or just needs to be washed clam digger pant to put a little fashion sizzle into your next casual backyard soirree. You have a solid 60 days of potential use and then you’re set for any island travel in mid-January when this collection of clothing is but a sad and distant memory. Happy cleansing!