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Closet Intervention

by Cheryl Grace, copyright © 2005-2012


After a long day at work, it’s easy to change into the same comfy outfit every evening and relax in front of the TV or settle down in your favorite chair with a good book. Days turn into weeks, and before you know it you have lost your fashion mojo. We instinctively know that certain clothes and colors can enhance our mood and enlighten our spirit. What you wear is as influential as your home or business décor. After all, your clothing is an outward expression of your authenticity and personality.

With the change in seasons, it’s that time to boost our fashion attitude by cleaning and organizing our closets in order to have a working wardrobe that fits and is ready to wear. When the next invitation arrives to attend a luncheon or a social gathering, you won’t hesitate. Every item of clothing, pair of shoes or piece of jewelry is alive with energy. It’s alive because we have opinions about everything we decide to buy and wear. Our selection can either cheer us up or put us into a purple funk. The simple solution is dive into your closet to weed out anything that doesn’t fit or is stuck in the 90’s.

Surveys have reported that we only wear about 20 per cent of our clothing 80 per cent of the time. This means our closet is full of clothing just taking up space. In order to discover what you really enjoy wearing, conduct your own survey. Every time you wear something over the next month, put it back on one side of your closet. As your favorites begin to accumulate, look at what remains. Is it the fit, color, style, size or state of repair that keeps you from wearing them?

And as you look through your wardrobe, ask yourself if you love it! . If you haven’t worn the item in a year or more, chances are it is no longer aligned with who you are at this moment. Next, try it on. If it doesn’t fit at all, it’s time to place it in the “pay it forward” pile. Don’t get in the habit of holding on to things “just in case.” You want to avoid feeling like a constant failure by hanging onto clothes that don’t fit in the hope of losing those extra 15 pounds. Once you have sorted out the clothes you love to wear from those just taking up space, you can now rearrange your closet for maximize efficiency and organized to enthuse your styling choices. Make it fun to get dressed every day!

Eco-fashion include terms such as eco-friendly, organic, green, and sustainable, but it can be hard to tell the difference between a brand that is actually helping to maintain the planet’s resources or just riding the eco bandwagon. Feel-good marketing may not reveal if a company that is claiming to organic cotton, for example, are necessarily honoring labor laws, fair trade practices, and transporting their goods in a way that doesn’t add to environmental pollution. There are, however, simply things you can do to make your wardrobe eco-friendly.

When shopping for clothing, choose items that fit you now, are timeless, and don’t not have to be dry-cleaned. Gently worn clothes given to consignment shops are a way to recycle clothes and an ideal place for you to find one-of-a-king vintage clothing. When shopping for cotton fabric, regular grown cotton has been sprayed with pesticides and treated with chemical fertilizers. Choose organic cotton instead. Be skeptical but have an open mind about new fabrics. Donate any clothing to charitable organizations even if there is a small tear or stain. There is always someone in need looking for clothes.

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