Last week we set up a Workchic Resolution. To help encourage you, we wanted to share a story.
In our resolution outline, Step 4 was analyzing your closet. A few years ago my Mother and I took a weekend and did just that. I asked her to write about her experience.
“My daughter gave me a great gift… A “How do I look Weekend? … A closet purge. Now ladies I know I’m not the only one who’s closet contains every suit I ever owned and more than three different sizes of clothing. Now is the time to purge. If it’s out-dated, over or undersized, or just not the best purchase get rid of it. Donate to a women’s work charity. I used Jobs for Jackets. Workchic supports Dress for Success. There are many other organizations throughout the country. Everyone wins, a deserving women gets ready for a job interview and you get a tax deduction plus more room in your closet for the right clothes. Just make sure you keep up with the receipt so you can estimate your taxes accurately. The gals at Workchic really do practice all those great ideas and tips they pass along. So grab your best buddy and laugh, cry, haggle and play tug a war. The rules are simple, no cheating, no hiding. Nothing is sacred, not shoes or your dresser drawers. And believe me, excuses don’t work. Make three or four piles, keep, toss, repair, donate. Check out the Workchic website for a list of tailors in your area to help with repairs. There are also great tips throughout the blog on how to freshen up your whites and put color back into your blue jeans.
One tip that really stuck with me was; Group by color. I like Red. I had enough red to wear it five days a week. Really! How did that happen? It was like having a work uniform; boring and I really don’t like conformity all that much. Now when I look for something new I check myself. Do I already have enough of that in my closet? My new problem colors are autumn shades from rust to orange.
Oh boy the stories we can tell about that weekend. She dug all my cowboy boots out of the back of the closet. I got to pick one and only one because they were back in style of a while. I think she had been just waiting for an opportunity to purge them. When we were done I felt like I had a fresh new wardrobe to work with, and you will too. Now is a great time to create room for the holiday gifts you received and great bargains you have been finding.”
When I arrived at my Mother’s house for Christmas this year, she had an extra gift waiting for me. This box of clothes ready to be donated. A quick glance showed that she not only listened but remembered the things we talked about.
Have this experience yourself and start building a wardrobe that not only expresses your personal style but displays a confident, professional image when you walk into a room!