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.
Welcome to 50 Terri and congratulations on your next chapter as an empty nester.
This is a big change for you and a good time to update your wardrobe. Here are a few tips to get you started:
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 spend a lot of your time working? Do you prefer to spend your spare time at the mall or the gym? Are you retired? Make sure to mark down what percentage of time you spend on each activity. That is going to give you an idea of what types of things you should have in your closet.
Go Through Your Closet
Get rid of things you are not wearing, are in poor condition, that you don’t love, or do not fit anymore.
Take the Time to Try on Everything
You may be surprised how some things look and you’ll will want to get rid of them! For example, tops for leggings need to be long enough to cover your bottom! If you have some that don’t, toss them.
Keep a Pad of Paper and Pencil Handy
You’ll want to make a list of things you need to replace. 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, flip-flops and yoga pants that you never did yoga in. 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.
Organize Your Closet
My preferred way to organize my closet is by type of garment and then within that grouping, by color and style. See how my closet, above, is organized by color with darks on the left, white on the right and everything in between.
Remember, if you can’t see it, you won’t wear it! If you find you have too many duplicates – I’m talking to you white shirts! – consider culling them, so you’re left with the ones you truly love.
Are you an empty nester? How has your style changed? If you have any ideas for Terri, please leave a comment below.
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