Calling all men and women! What we wear says a lot about us and is the first statement we make when we meet someone. Fashion is important.

When is the last time that you analyzed the clothes in your closet? Chances are it has been at least a few years. Some of us have a hard time getting rid of clothes that we don’t wear. It might be that you remember how much you paid for it, so therefore should keep it because of the cost. Maybe you think it might come back in style, or possibly you think some day you might just like it again. Whatever the reason, sometimes it is tough to say good-bye to clothing we are not wearing or should not be wearing.

There is not any better time than spring to take stock of our closets and really look at what is taking up all that space and how much of it we really wear and don’t wear. Spring is a time for change and to bring out the “new you”!

  • Are you guilty for continually wearing the same clothes for each season more than the past 3 years?
  • Are you guilty for keeping clothes which no longer fit?
  • Are you guilty for not keeping up with the latest fashion trends?
  • Are you guilty for owning at least one item for greater than 7 years?
  • Are you guilty for owning clothes which might add years to your image?

It can be difficult to let go of past style items that you once loved. The sparkly sheath you wore on NYE ’12, which soon felt the wrath of champagne overfloweth and a rambunctious dance floor. Worn-down baggy denim that once were favorites, but have since retired to the back abyss of the closet. The pair of gorgeous heels scored during a massive sale that have yet to leave the shoe box due to being a half-size too small. But hey, you never know—feet may randomly shrink overnight, right?

On the other hand, justifying keeping pieces you no longer need—particularly ones that involve hard-earned money or sentiment—is easy. Plus, let’s be real; there are plenty of other, more appealing ways to spend a Saturday than sorting through clothing and shoes. Yet when closet space fails to expand correspondingly to a growing wardrobe or the thought “I have nothing to wear” persistently runs through your mind despite an overly stuffed dresser, it’s time to assess which items still fit, in terms of size and style.

First step? Steely resolve. Clear time in your schedule to really get down to the nitty-gritty of purging what you no longer wear. Dedicate a hefty chunk of the day to go through every single item in your wardrobe, while keeping in mind you will need additional time for the follow-up duties (e.g., driving to give the items to a friend, bringing items to a consignment store, or dropping off bags brimming with clothing at a local charity). Or, if the idea of tackling everything in one fell swoop is terrifyingly overwhelming: divide and conquer. Sort through your shoes one day, followed by tops/ shirts, pants/dresses and outerwear the following weekend.

As you scrutinize each piece, ask yourself the 7 following questions:

1. Does this fit?
2. Have I worn this in the last 12 months?
3. Is it likely I will ever wear this again?
4. Is this currently in style, and/or does this still accurately represent my style?
5. If this is damaged in any way (e.g., piling, rips, stains, missing buttons, broken zippers, fading, etc.), will I actually make the effort to get this repaired in the near future?
6. If I was shopping right now, would I buy this?
7. And most importantly: Do I feel confident when I wear this?

If you answer a firm “no” to any of the above, it’s time to say sayonara and decide whether to sell, donate, swap, or toss the item.

So let the fun begin! Put the music on and go with your first instinct! If it is “no” to any of the above questions, then it is time to go!

Once your closet is purged, you can now see where you need to add to your wardrobe. Off you go for a little shopping!

Women: Start with the basics—a pair of dress jeans, a neutral coloured blazer, black pants, neutral coloured pencil skirt, white shirt, plain white t-shirt, crewneck sweater, and the little black dress.

Men: Start with the basics– a pair of dark coloured dress jeans (note-the baggy look is out), a neutral coloured blazer, black pants, khaki cotton pants (slimming,without pleats), white shirt (high quality cotton), plain white t-shirt, black dress shoes, and navy crewneck sweater.

Don’t know where to get started—either with the purging of your existing wardrobe or shopping for the new, our new partner with CharisOnLife can help! Start with a call to SPN….

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7 Questions to Ask When Cleaning Out Your Closet By Valerie Chen