I am newly 50 and an empty nester, trying to clear out the clutter of two decades of my boring “mommy wardrobe”, but I am having a hard time deciding what to keep and what to part with!! Any suggestions are welcome! ~Terri F.
Yes, this is a big change for you and a good time to update your wardrobe. Here are a few tips to get you started:
1. Set some goals
Make a pie chart of all your activities and divide the pie up into sections according to your lifestyle activities. Do you work a lot, golf, shop? Make sure to mark down what percentage of time you spend on each activity. That is going to give you an idea of where you need to focus your efforts. Next…..
2. Go through your closet and get rid of things you are not wearing or do not fit anymore.
3. Have a pad of paper and pencil handy to make a list of things you might need to replace.
4. Take the time to try on everything...you may be surprised how some things look and will want to get rid of them! ie: Remember tops for leggings need to be long enough to cover your bottom!
Being an empty nester probably means that you have more time to go out to dinner, host a dinner party for friends, attend concerts or go out to the movies. That means it’s time to get rid of the sweatsuits and tennis shoes. Now is the time to buy a great pair of boots, some new jeans, a cute sweater dress and of course some pretty scarves and other accessories.
5. Organize your Closet
Organize by style, by color, whatever you like. My closet, above, is organized by color with darks on the left, white on the right and everything in between.
Separate your clothes. Remember, if you can’t see it , you won’t wear it!
Are you an empty nester? How has your style changed? If you have any ideas for Terri, please leave a comment below.