Christmas is over and it is less than a week until a brand new year! Everyone is reflecting on the year 2013 and planning their 2014 new years resolutions. While its great to set goals and expectations for the year to come, keep in mind that you can always be setting goals to improve upon yourself and your quality of life. Whether it is January 1st, April 22, or September 15th, you can aspire to be better any day, hour, or minute of the year!
Okay, enough of the pep talk…back to 2014 resolutions…
A common resolution is “get organized.” Many people set these types of goals in the beginning of the year in hope of a clean slate and a clear mind. Have you ever thought this would be the year? The year you find a “spot for everything!” I have thought that many times. I have tried to schedule my hours, conceal my clutter, and label my way into that “clean slate and clear mind.”
“Having a spot for everything” is a challenge indeed. Kudos to those of you whom have this “organization” thing down pat! For those of you who don’t (like myself), let us start by taking one room at a time. Since we all are fellow fashionistas, where else should we start than that closet? Lets take that first step in organizing by downsizing our wardrobes. Get ready to try on, make decisions, and reconnect with your back walls, bottoms of drawers, and maybe even your closet floor (depending on your “situation.”) Ready, set, GO!
This is cut throat people. Keep clear minded and stay unattached. Your closet should be filled with quality, not quantity. If your not using it, its wasting space and cluttering your mind and personal style. Take it out now by eliminating the pieces that make you feel awkward and you know don’t work for you. The less you have that doesn’t flatter your body, or make you feel comfortable, the less thinking and emotional stresses in the morning as you choose your look of the day. We all want to feel our best all of the time. However, it’s just not realistic that every style, size, and trend in your closet will work for you. No matter how much you want them to, they can’t all be winners. This is part of what makes you unique and your personal style, your personal style. Be honest with yourself despite your feelings, despite what you spent, and despite where you “think” you could wear it again. If you’re contemplating a piece, just let it go and move on. The less “fashion mistakes” you own, the less you will make.
A few things to keep in mind as you are testing things out:
You should be able to breathe: If it is tight enough to cause a bulge, lack of air, or muffin top, it’s simply not your size. Accept it and understand that you will look much better when you dress in the proper size and fit for your body.
You should be able to sit down and stand up multiple times and not have to worry about a “whale tale” situation: It sometimes boggles my mind when people don’t realize their pants are “too low for comfort.” Especially in this cold weather, you would think they would feel a draft? Don’t be that person, its just awkward for everyone.
A little mystery never hurt anyone: Keep it reasonable. Busting out of your top is never attractive, and not everyone appreciates the ability to see down your blouse or up your skirt. It’s okay to bring a little sexy once in a while, but there is a time, place, occasion, and way to do it that doesn’t scream, “pay attention to me!” Be an example, and respect yourself. (Read: “R-E-S-P-E-C-T….. what does that mean to me?”)
After some hard decisions, a “throw out,” “donate,” and keep pile, your can step back and feel a little bit of weight lifted off your shoulders. It’s amazing what a little de-cluttering can do for your clarity and stress levels. Put your closet back together in a way that is maintainable for you. Whether that’s by color, by style, by type, hung, folded on shelf, or folded in a drawer, decide what your prefer and what you can sustain. Revisit your closet purging and organizing every season to keep it current and less of a task next year.
Here are a few ideas for you donate box. Make sure you are only donating items that are still in good condition and don’t look worn out or over-used.
Goodwill: There are many local drop off locations
Salvation Army: There are many local drop off locations.
Plato’s Closet: They will pay you for items that are in good condition.
DonateStuff.com: They will pick it up for you and drop it off at your chosen organization.
Good luck! Let us know how it goes below or on our facebook page!
Have a Magical Day!