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Friday, December 18, 2009

Out With The Old, In With The New

As seen in South Bay Woman's  December Edition!

Fashion is a wonderful way to express our individuality, reflect our position in life, and transition from day to evening. Each season brings an opportunity to create a newer and better you. You know, the ‘you’ you spend so much time daydreaming about but if only you had the time or the money to start? Well, I am here to say it is possible to make it happen! All it takes is evaluating what you have in your closet right now.

I am a firm believer in starting everything in life from the ground up. So for your fashion makeover we will start your groundwork by looking inside your closet. The goal? To purge un-wanted items; like clothes that shrunk, black pants that are now grey, or outdated sweaters, tops and pants that were hip in another decade.

You may feel overwhelmed just by thinking about facing your closet, but believe me, this process is well worth it. You will save time when you're getting ready for work in the morning because you'll open up your closet and find the perfect outfit with minimal effort. Talk about adding 20 minutes to your morning! Or better yet- imagine opening your closet knowing all of your clothes fit perfectly; plays up your beautiful features and shows the world you’re a Fashionista. Can you feel the motivation?!

To make this process easier, you will need several items. First, grab three empty baskets, boxes or trash bags. Make sure they are labeled: “Donate,” “Trash,” or “Tailor.” Now, enlist a trusted friend, family member or significant other who can give you their honest and loving feedback on how each garment looks on you. A few guidelines: Clothes in good condition that are outdated, or no longer fit, can go in the “Donate” pile. Clothes with holes that cannot be repaired need to go in the “Trash” pile. If you have items that can be altered, put them in your “Tailor” pile.

Now it is time to march over to your closet and purge!  Don’t worry if you come to an indecisive moment (a.k.a. meltdown), your trusted friend will be there for moral support. He or she will give you 101 reasons why you deserve better! In case you're not sure what an indecisive moment looks like, I’ve included some excuses my clients and friends have given me:

1. “When I lose the extra five pounds it will fit.”
2. “Maybe it will come back in style next season.”
3. “But I had this since high school! It was my best top!”

This is when you take a DEEP breath...and repeat: "I am a Fashionista and deserve a FABULOUS wardrobe!" Then get rid of it! Honor and love your figure for it's natural beauty. Release clothes that keep you hating your figure and make room for clothes that work for you!

If I still haven't kicked your pretty hinney into action, take it from world renowned author Napoleon Hill of “Think and Grow Rich.” He said these very wise words, “The more you give, the more comes back to you.” In other words: give your old clothes to charity and open yourself up to abundance. What do I mean by this? Getting rid of the negative energy (like, that stack of unworn  jeans hidden in the corner of your closet) automatically racks up abundance for you. It could come in such a way where you'll feel like putting in the effort to find fabulous clothes. Or, you might score extra money on your tax return to buy new clothes! Or, just maybe, you'll commit to a savings plan to use for new clothes. Either way, let's purge the old and bring in the new! Take the plunge and uncover your fabulous Fashionista within!


  1. I just did this and I still have nooo room! I can't get rid of stuff, haha! Some of the stuff was from when I was a kid but I can't seperate from the stuff that "i might need one day". haha! Help!

  2. I so hear you! There are two easy solutions to your organization dilemma. First, store your baby clothes in storage bins or vacuum sealed bags in the attic or garage. Don't have garage or attic space? Definitely go for vaccuum sealed bags. They gently flatten your clothing and maximize space in your closet, under the bed or in a drawer. I'm definitely a firm believer in keeping childhood clothing because you can look back on it with your children. Very sweet moment. =)

    Now for your clothes that you 'might need some day.' Are they fashion tops and such? If so, how long ago did you wear them? Toss anything over 3 months. Are they in good condition? Donate!

    Are your clothes winter friendly, like heavy sweaters, long sleeve tops, and jackets? Store them! You'll save a bundle of money by keeping them for next winter. Again, use vacuum sealed bags to flatten bulky items to maximize your closet space.

    I hope this information was helpful. Keep me posted on how the rest of your closet turns out! <3 Amanda


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