• Tana Lane

Let's Talk Clothes

Hey guys! I'm still having some technical difficulties with my videos so this week I'm going to focus on getting your clothes ready for the new year! This is the perfect time to sort through and organize all of your clothing items and toss or donate what you don't need.

First things first, pull every piece of clothing out and stack them in a pile. And yes, I mean every single thing; closets, dressers, everything! I promise, this isn't meant to be a guilt trip but it does put into perspective just how much you have and it let's you start fresh when putting everything back into their spaces. Grab some trash bags or boxes and mark them "to donate" and "to throw away". Also, you might grab a pen and paper, or open up a list app for replacing items that have been worn out.

Now it's time to get down to business. Pick up each item and decide to keep, toss or donate it. When doing this, keep a few things in mind:

1. Does it fit?

This may kind of seem like a no-brainer, but be sure. If you aren't, try it on! I understand, different seasons of our lives call for different sizes (I've had two kids), but don't hang on to things that no longer fit you, big or small. If you have a weight loss goal in mind, that's awesome! Keep maybe one or two items as your "goal weight" rewards, but don't let the rest take up space and clutter up your closet.

2. Did you wear it last year, same season?

This is my method that I use every 6 months. Just last week, I pull out all of my clothes and sorted through them. For my winter clothes, I asked myself "have I worn this this winter and did I wear this last winter?" If the answer was no, I put it in my donate or toss pile. Odds are, unless it's for a special occasion, if you haven't worn it two (same) seasons in a row, you aren't going to wear it again. I'll do the same thing in the summer time with more of a focus on summer clothes.

3. Is it special to you?

I'm sure you've heard Marie Kondo say "does it spark joy" when sorting through things and that's kind of what I mean. Is the item special in some way? Maybe it was given to you or something exciting happened while you were wearing it. I get it, those are fun memories to relive. But, the hard truth is that the items aren't what's special, it's the memories themselves. This can be tough, so what I usually suggest is if you really need to keep a clothing item that you don't intend to wear, put it in a memory box.

I know it can be a big project but I promise it's worth it. Plus, if you get into a routine of doing it twice a year, it takes less and less time. And of course, if you need an extra hand just give me a call! I'd be happy to help.

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