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Dont cleanse your diet, clean your closet

Posted On: Mar. 05, 2015

Picture from the movie "Clueless"

Welcome to January, that month when magazines tell you to enjoy the sweet goodies that began on Winter and go on a detox diet or live on in the gym and purified air after the Holidays. We’re not going to do that this week. While we're all for fitness and healthy eating, this week on Powder Closet we’re exploring how you can get your act together when it comes to your style from organizing your closet, to picking a signature scent, to working out your uniform for work. Because no matter what diet you go on, right around the time you’re ready to eat Valentine's Day chocolate again, chances are you’ll still be standing in front of your closet each morning wondering, "What am I going to wear today?”.

I spent the past few weeks deep in the OCD of a closet purge inspired by "The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up" by Japanese author Marie Kondo, and I’ve experienced nothing short of a personal-style revolution. Kondo suggests emptying your closet and evaluating each item on the basis of whether it brings you joy. If it doesn't, donate it. Don't worry if an item was a gift, or if you spent too much money on it: If it doesn't spark real joy in you, let it go. Make a commitment to buy less, buy smarter, and wear a few perfect things all the time. Those few items can serve as stylish items. When they no longer feel like "me," donate them and move on. 

Make sure you find a day when your free because it takes some time. Ask yourself the following questions, "Does this fit?", "Have I worn this in the last 12 months?", "Will I actually make the effort to repair this?" and most importantly "Do I feel confident when I wear this?". If your answers are "no", then its time to say bye bye and decide whether to sell, donate, swap or toss the item.

With fewer items in your closet all of which you love, getting dressed doesn't feel like a chore and you'll find you feel better about your body. If a pair of pants pulls in a weird way at the crotch, banish them. Wear the one pair in your drawer that makes you look the way you want to look. Trust me, no one will notice that you're wearing them every day; instead, they'll just notice how great you look. Happy Cleaning!

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