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Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Spring Clean Your Wardrobe

Roughly five years ago my husband asked me, “How many pairs of khaki pants does one woman need?”  At the time I answered, “Apparently twelve”.  But since then, I’ve managed to cull my way down to four.  It took both discipline and time for me to accomplish this major feat.

We are at that time of year when we start thinking about storing away our winter fare in lieu of lighter-weight garments.  I suspect if you are like me, you cannot fit all four seasons worth of clothes into one closet.  If that is the case, then you too will be swapping out closets and rearranging clothes soon.  That means it is the perfect time to take an accurate inventory and evaluate needs.  If you are ready to purge, then we’ve got a few tips to help you with that monumental task.

•    First, make sure you are in the right frame of mind.  I know that sounds silly, but I’ve found that I have to be in the ‘I’m willing to part with stuff’ mood.
•    Second, set aside a good amount of time.  This isn’t a quick or easy job; going through your garments one-by-one takes time.  You don’t want to get started and realize you can’t finish the task. 
•    Third, take all your garments out of your closet and group them into categories – like pants, dresses, jackets, and so on.
•    Fourth, go through each pile, analyzing every piece and ask yourself these questions – Does it fit in with my daily life?  Do I love it?  Is it comfortable?  Based on your answers, sort them into these four groups – keep, donate, dump, alter/repair. 

After you’ve evaluated every piece, then deal with the piles.  Place the keep items back in your closet or in storage for next season.  Donate your donate pile to your favorite local charity.  A Cleaner World has had a long-standing relationship with The Salvation Army through our Donate Goods, Do Good project, and you can drop off donated items at any A Cleaner World location.  The dump pile should be items that aren’t fit to donate, but we do recommend keeping a couple things for dirty jobs like gardening and painting.  Finally, the alter/repair pile is for anything that needs a hem, button, alteration, or cleaning.  But be sure not to neglect this pile and leave it set.  Address the issues right away so that you can quickly place the garments back in your wardrobe.

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