How to do a Cleanse

by Donna Vaccaro 05/12/2019

You've thought that now might be one of those times to try a cleanse. Then you think a little bit longer and go, "Nah, maybe next time." But there is a cleanse that doesn't require juicing, drinking exotic drinks, or gut-wrenching reactions: a closet cleanse.

No, that doesn't mean you hide in your closet while you avoid drinking the cleansing elixir, it means clearing out your closet to start fresh.

How to begin a closet cleanse:

Whether it's a change of season, a new season of your life, a new size or just a need for something different, all closet cleanses should begin the same way and flow through until you have just the right clothes, shoes, scarves and other accessories to make your life smooth and your day starts out put-together.

-  Review everything in the closet. Pull it out, look at it, try it on. Don’t return it to the closet if it doesn’t fit, you don’t like it, or you don’t wear it.

-  Bag up all the items you’ve decided you can’t or won’t wear for giveaway to charity. Don't go back into the bags for things when you have second thoughts. You know you won't wear it, and it merely takes up space. 

Organize the items that are going back into the closet in one of these ways:

  1. By outfit (matching or coordinating tops and bottoms together with scarves, belts, sweaters or jackets)
  2. By type (blouse, skirt, slacks, dress, etc.)
  3. By season (warm weather, cold weather, transitional, layers)
  4. By style (work, casual, dress, evening, event, etc.)

-  Try on every pair of shoes. If they don’t fit, out they go. 

-  For the ones you keep: check for wear, damage, worn heels, or gaps between the sole and the upper. If any shoes need repair, put them in a bag to take for repair on your next trip out the door. Don’t delay or they will languish in a bag in the bottom of your closet until the next closet cleanse.

-  Review your accessories: hats, scarves, gloves, belts. If you've arranged your clothing by the outfit, scarves and belts should already be with their coordinates. Otherwise, hang belts and scarves. Even gloves hang on clipped skirt hangers. Place hats above or on shelves protected from the weight of other articles.

-  Finally, tackle those purses and handbags. If handles are cracked or worn, plan to have them repaired, or place them in the giveaway bags. Take care to check each pocket or flap for personal belongings, that hidden $20 or your favorite lipstick. If the purse is too small for everyday use, tuck it away in a box meant for special events only.

With everything tucked back into its place, and all the extra clothing and accessories removed, you’re ready to start the new week cleansed.

If you find that your closet remains too small, it might be time to reach out to your local real estate professional to see if you can find a better fit.

About the Author
Author

Donna Vaccaro

Prior to becoming a licensed Realtor® Donna owned and operated a successful computer company for 30 years. Over the years Donna has strived to build a business reputation of honesty, integrity and hard work which transcends into her real estate profession. Her knowledge of the Shoreline as a business owner, and community activities, as well as Donna’s sales, marketing and financial expertise provide a unique and effective set of skills to her clients and customers. As an Realtor®, Donna is committed to delivering her clients a positive and excellent customer service experience from the beginning of the transaction through closing. Donna brings her knowledge acquired as a savvy business owner and applies this in a manner that helps in the decision making process. She is effectively applying the latest technology to the local Real Estate market while providing a personal touch that is so important in all Real Estate transactions. Born and raised in Rhode Island, she moved to the Connecticut Shoreline and raised 3 daughters. As a longtime resident of CT, Donna works with both Sellers and Buyers servicing East Haven, Branford, North Branford, Guilford, Madison, Clinton, Killingworth, Westbrook and Old Saybrook and specializes in residential sales, land, condos, water-oriented properties and rentals. She is knowledgeable about both the Connecticut and Rhode Island Shoreline areas. Donna is a member of the Middlesex Shoreline Board of Realtors, the Connecticut Association of Realtors and the National Association of Realtors.