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Monday Mission : Weed Out Your Wardrobe

Woohoo! The Lilybugs Children’s Consignment Sale was a great success! I’m looking forward to picking up my cheque on Wednesday. I made a net profit of $128.80… enough to cover what I spent on Amanda’s summer wardrobe, birthday presents, and advertising (i.e., my [ real neat ] business cards and checklists for the goody bags that were handed out to shoppers)!

My little 2-bedroom apartment is breathing a sigh of relief now that I have eliminated several bins of outgrown clothing and toys. Now, I should be able to find adequate storage space for the belongings that Amanda and I actually use (i.e., camping equipment, art supplies, bicycles).

So, if you haven’t done so already, set aside an hour or two to sort and purge your excess clothing as the seasons change and the weather gets warmer.

THE RULES:

  • Grab your calendar now, and schedule an appointment with your wardrobe within the next 2 weeks.
  • Invite a trusted friend to join you in weeding out your ‘old’ clothes. She’ll help you remain objective.
  • Hold a private fashion show, and
    • TOSS any clothing items that have holes (or if, like me, you’ll never realistically repair or pay someone to repair these items).
    • KEEP only items that actually FLATTER your body type. Get picky and brutal. Rid yourself of all ‘skinny’ clothes; at the moment, they are simply taunting you every time you see them, reminding you that you’re fat, you’re lazy, and you’re not good enough. Nothing is ever worth all that negative self-talk. Besides, when you finally do lose the weight, you can reward yourself with a new wardrobe!
    • DONATE anything that is still in decent shape but that doesn’t make the cut (or you never really wear). I hate to burst your bubble, but honestly… if you haven’t worn an item in the last year, you’re never going to end up wearing it. Schedule an appointment on your calendar to take these items to friends or local charities.
  • Put away whatever items you keep (in an organized manner, of course). Need ideas? Sort by color, by length, by clothing type, or even by complete outfits.
  • Take inventory of the clothing that you kept.
  • Make a shopping list of items that you need to replace in order to fill out your wardrobe for the upcoming season.
  • Block off some time on your calendar for a shopping date; and, when the time comes, shop with confidence and a discerning eye.

So, what about you? How do you sort and purge your wardrobe? Please share your tips in the comments below.

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Hi Michelle,
I love your ideas and inspiration! For my quick 5 tips on Organizing a Closet read http://bit.ly/VsFlM. My favorite is the clothing swap with girlfriends–aka Naked Ladies Party. To see more tips watch http://tinyurl.com/c3vc8g. I can’t wait to go shopping for a few new Spring items of clothing!

Anne

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Anne Blumer / March 16th, 2009, 9:54 am

I love consignment sales!!! Love your tips…I will be a regular to your site!!
I talk about the benefits of consignment sales on my site.
If it is ok, I will link to your site from mine. I need all the organizing I can get!
Thanks again
Cabry!

Cabry / May 20th, 2011, 7:22 am

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