Damage Control: How Cleaning My Closet Cleared My Mind

“Of course you can borrow an outfit for tonight! But, uhh…please excuse my closet, it’s a little messy.” -Me

My closet was a storage room of updated, and outdated clothes. I was the definition of “so many clothes, but nothing to wear.” The closet was no longer my treasure chest of fashion desires. It became a symbol of unhappiness.

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Financially, a shopping spree was not practical. I am a recent graduate from college and my budget was dedicated to paying off my debts… and food.

But, with the help of a few friends and a change of mindset. I was finally on my road to redemption.

Cleaning

Step 1: Do Your Laundry

If your laundry is on overflow mode, focus on your laundry first. Many times the clothes that you want/need are dirty and as Gucci would say, “got lost in the sauce.” Any unwanted clean clothes can go into a nice bag and donated to charity. One girls trash is another girls treasure.

Step 2: Less Is More

Go through your closet and ask yourself, when was the last time I wore this item? If it’s been over a 5 month span, then it’s probably time to let it go. That clothing item is not blending in with your personal style and it’s time to set it free.

Step 3: Build Slowly

Make a shopping budget! After each paycheck, put a small percentage of money into your savings for that outfit that you want to put together. Thrifting can also be your guilty pleasure!

Step 4: Maintain

After each season, look through your closet and ask yourself. Did I wear this outfit this season? Will I ever? If the answer to both is no, give those clothes away and begin shopping. Out of season shopping is the best! Can you say discounts galore?

Your closet transition won’t happen overnight, but don’t lose faith. With patients and persistence, your closet will be in tip top shape. You may even begin to develop your own steps to a successful closet.

Viva la fashion,

Sarai Ashari

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Hey Mikey!

WHO AM I? That’s probably what you’re thinking? It’s simple I’m this generation’s “Dear Abby!” I was raised in the Fourth Ward of Atlanta, educated in the School of Hard Knocks, and rescued by the concrete and steel of New York City. Life at best will always be bittersweet. The sooner you accept that, the better off you’ll be. I’d prefer to be on your sweeter side. Everyone needs a listening ear, extra shoulder, and open arms when life gets rough. I’m your new best friend, whe it all goes south remember I’m a mouse click or tweet away. Hang in there kids, you’re gonna love kickin’ it with me!!! -MIKEY