Project Cleanse | Stay on Track

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Staying on track after a big closet cleanse is the hardest part of this whole process. It’s strange to see all of that extra room in your closet and the options can be underwhelming. I have to keep my goal in mind. If your goal was simply out with the old, in with the new, hey, grab that credit card and hit the mall girl, but my goal was to be more intentional about what I wear.

In case you missed it, over the past month, I’ve been pairing down my wardrobe and working towards putting together outfits that both work with my lifestyle and look bomb. With daily activities that mostly entail 6-8 hours in the office followed by kid running, the gym and errands, I fell into this pattern of “It doesn’t really matter what I wear, this random outfit (usually the first thing I’d grab) looks fine.” I was sick of being boring.

The process continues, but so far the best thing I can do is plan and record. I’m an extreme planner, so the process of finding reason in chaos has been somewhat satisfying. But, if you haven’t planned anything ever, here are some of the best tips to make sense and stay on track with your #closetgoals:

Wait to buy anything new. Take time to figure out what you like wearing (fabrics, styles, outfit combos, etc.) as well as things your missing. I’ve already discovered I really could use some type of slouchy, black t-shirt.

Write things down: When you write things down, your brain processes information better and in turn, it’s easier to remember. Plus, if you can’t remember, you have something to refer back to. You don’t have to go into journal entry mode, but I do keep a little notebook in my closet that I list out outfits that really worked. If I’m in a slump, I just refer to the notebook. I’ve also just started using the stylebook app and love it.

Start a Pinterest board (As if you need any incentive or direction). This will help you visually track the styles you like. You use it for inspiration for everything else, why not your wardrobe?

Plan your Outfits for the Week: When I was little, my mom would always make me lay out my outfit the night before. I don’t know when or why I stopped doing this, but it’s such a great practice.

Remember your reality. Don’t buy something if you can’t think of at least three things to wear it to. I’m SO guilty of event shopping. I’ll buy an outfit that fits the event or vacation, but after that, am likely to never wear it again. *Note: I’m not counting formal wear. I’m talking that fringe cardigan you bought for the Taylor Swift concert…

Every time you’re out shopping, ask yourself: Do I need this? Do I look absolutely awesome in this? Can I think of a few different outfits I can wear this with? Will this still look as good after I wash it twice?

To keep your closet under control as you do start bringing in new pieces, stick with the one in, one out mentality. If you buy a new a pair of jeans, is there a pair you can get rid of? Or, I keep a bag in my closet of my questionable items. If after six months, I haven’t missed it, away it goes. This will continually keep your closet clutter free!

How has your closet cleaning been going? Tag your #closetgoals to share your progress!


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