This is my first blog post in a while. It has been a rough winter so what better day to start writing again than the first day of spring! I plan to keep it up and share several more posts in the days ahead so be watching for new Fashion Trends and Styling Tips in the days ahead!
I love spring and all the beauty it brings. It is a time of renewal and new beginnings. It is a reminder of how awesome God is when we can see the flowers start to bloom and everything that was dead through the winter suddenly come to life again!
I don’t know about you but I kind of become “dead” through the winter months and then suddenly come back to life at the first signs of spring. I have said for years that I know I have SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) and it seems to get worse every year. (I am self-diagnosed of course.)
As I am sitting here writing this I can hear the birds singing outside my window. I love seeing all the beautiful colors of spring, feeling the warmth of the longer days of sunshine, hearing the sounds of children playing outside, smelling dinner cooking on the grill and, of course, enjoying all the beautiful spring fashions on the runways and in the stores!
2 Corinthians 5:17 says “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” I love this verse because, like the newness that spring brings, I became a new creation when I became a Christian. My old ways, like the dreary days of winter, have passed away and I am a new person full of life and freshness and joy and beauty from the light of Jesus shining through me!
I love sharing fashion and styling tips with all of you to help you look your very best but you will always be the most beautiful when you have the love of Jesus in your heart and the JOY of spring in your smile!
Thanks for letting me share my excitement of spring with you and stay tuned for lots more posts with fun things ahead!
Along with the new spring season comes one of my favorite chores – going through my closet and moving the sweaters to the back and bringing the spring and summer things to the front! Even though I put on a few extra pounds this winter I am hoping this will motivate me to keep trying to get those 10,000 steps on my new Garmin Vivofit device so I can fit into my spring and summer things! It is such a good feeling to go through and clean out and organize your closet (or is that just me?).
This is a good time to get rid of the things you didn’t wear all fall and winter. If you didn’t wear them this year, you probably won’t wear them next year. It is also a good time to reevaluate the things you have for spring and summer. If they don’t fit anymore or they just don’t fit your taste anymore (remember if you wouldn’t buy it in the store today, you don’t need to keep it) then it is time to donate or take to consignment store. Most consignment stores are taking spring and summer things now.
I have posted these steps for cleaning out your closet before but I thought this was a good time to remind you and help you start thinking Spring!
Your closet is one of the fastest places to get cluttered but it should be one of the most valued spaces in your home because it contains all the clothes that make you look and feel fabulous!
Here are some steps to help you get started on getting your closet ready for the new season:
- Set aside plenty of time to organize your closet. If you don’t have time to do it all at once, take a section at a time.
- Remove everything from your closet so that you are starting with a clean slate
- Try on everything and make sure it still fits, it is still in style, it is still in good shape, it is your best color and fits your body type, you have things to go with it and it is something you would buy today. Make piles for “Keep”, “Mend”, “Donate” and “Toss”. Don’t forget to do the same thing with your underwear, bras, shoes, purses, belts, scarves and other accessories.
- Clean and Laundry everything that needs it before putting back in the closet. If things need to be mended, make sure you do this as quickly as possible. Take the things to be donated to your car so you can drop them off the next time you are out. Get rid of the items in the “Toss” pile immediately.
- Put all “Keep” items back in your closet. You can decide how to place the items back in the closet based on what will suit your needs best. Separate by season and then you can separate by purpose, type, length, style or color or a combination of these. Hang as much of your clothing as possible where you can see each garment easily. If it is in a drawer out of sight, it is out of mind and will seldom get worn.
- Be proud of your accomplishment!
- Remember if you bring in something new, something old needs to go out.
Other Helpful Tips:
- Use the same type of hangers and make sure all items are hanging in the same direction.
- Stuff boots with rolled up magazines or boot trees so they retain their shape.
- Stuff handbags with tissue paper and store on a shelf.
- Leave breathing room in between items so they aren’t jammed in to prevent wrinkles.
- Store small, loose items like socks, lingerie, bathing suits, pantyhose, etc. in drawer systems, baskets or clear plastic containers.
- Hang accessories on hooks in your closet.
- Take shoes out of their original boxes and store on some type of shoe rack.
- Keep a basket in the closet to place items to take to dry cleaners.
- Keep a small wastebasket in the closet.
- Fill a small basket with last minute fix-up items: lint brush or roller, pin-cushion, small scissors, etc.
Before and After
Before and After