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If you’ve been to the stores any time in the last few weeks, you’ve probably seen all the new season merchandise. If the vast array has you tempted to pull out your credit card and take home some goodies, let me tell you that your timing instincts are right: for even if the weather isn’t cooperating where you’re at, the selection in the stores will never be better than it is right now.
So if you live in a small town and/or if you wear an average size, grab while the getting’s good. Otherwise, when you’re ready to shop, you’ll have to settle for what’s left.
But how do you know what you need?
By knowing what you already have.
If you haven’t inventoried your seasonal wardrobe recently, take time to do it now. If you wait until the season is in full swing, you’ll pay more and have less to choose from if you find that you need to make some purchases. So take advantage of pre-season sales and selection by prepping from the new season now.
How do you do it?
By going through your closet, piece by piece.
If the very thought of such an exercise sends your blood pressure soaring, don’t let it. The stress comes from disorganization and will only continue until you do something about it. Once you get your closet in order, updating your wardrobe each season and getting dressed each morning literally becomes a snap.
Here’s how you tackle this task:
Donate any clothes that don’t fit, flatter, or that you’ve stopped wearing that are in good repair. Don’t send anything to a donation center that should be tossed instead.
Want to recoup some of the cost of your most expensive pieces? Consign them. Some consignment shops will pay you when the pieces sell; others will pay you cash on the spot when you bring them in. Want to add to your wardrobe without adding to your debt? Sell some of your old clothes to pay for your new purchases.
Getting your closet in order for the new season isn’t difficult once you get organized. If you take the time to do it – even if you have to stretch it over a couple of sessions – you’ll be able to gain control over your wardrobe and have one less thing to worry about.