I have challenged myself for the month of February to a retail shopping diet! I've tried this without success in the past. From those failed shopping diet attempts I've learned a few things, and one being I lacked a plan of attack. So, I've put together a 4-step itinerary for this month-long no shopping journey. I'd love for you to gain me in this adventure! Not the most exciting invite I realize, but your bank account, closet bar, over-stuff dresser drawers -- and in my case, boyfriend -- will be very happy/proud of you in the end! Mainly, I want to prove to myself that I really don't need to shop, even if it's on sale. [Deep breath] Here we go!
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If you haven't worn it in two consecutive seasons, toss it or donate it! This means if you have a blazer in your closet that has been resting on its hanger this past fall and the fall before that, it's time to let it go from your wardrobe.
Any pieces that have rips, missing buttons, broken zippers should be tossed. If you decide to keep these items to fix, give yourself a deadline of 1 to 2 weeks to have them repaired, depending on the number of garments. Write this deadline on a calendar! If you or a seamstress haven't fixed the pieces before your deadline, let them go. No excuses. This one's hard for me, because I have a way of saying, "This would look great on me if it was only hemmed a little shorter..." As a result of that pesky little thought, I have a hefty needs-to-be-altered pile barrier in my closet right now! If you love the garment enough you will make your deadline, I promise!
If you are on the fence about pieces, try them on. Now, look at yourself in a full length mirror. Examine the fit of the garment, because fit is truly half of fashion. A poorly fitting garment can make your figure look out of proportion and unpleasant. If it just doesn't look right, let it go. No excuses.
Getting rid of clothes is a hard for thing for most people, because there is usually guilt when you see something you've spent money on, but haven't used to what you deem its full potential. Don't feel bad about getting rid of what you don't need and don't use. Just remember, by getting rid of this clutter in your life you gain a freeing feeling and are open for new things, whether its material or otherwise. In short, less clutter equal less stress! Also, remember -- it's just clothes. Good luck!