Clean Out Your Closet and Simplify Your Wardrobe

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Want to clean your closet and simplify your wardrobe? Try editing to create a “capsule wardrobe” and watch your life get a lot easier.

We all need tricks and tools to help us make our lives easier. The concept of a work uniform was introduced to me by an attorney friend who simplified her life by cleaning out her closet and making her uniform a black shift dress and pearls, every single day. She literally has dozens of black dresses hanging in there, and swears getting ready is a total breeze. (She’s in good company – think of Steve Jobs’ black t-shirt, or Mark Zuckerberg’s gray hoodie.)

Now I like color (and jewelry) too much to go to quite this extent, but I definitely took a page from her playbook and streamlined my work wardrobe to a few quality items that are all mix and match. I have a handful of stores whose clothes I know work well on my body-type consistently, and I focus on quality over quantity (I’m looking at you, Ann Taylor and Banana Republic). When I find a classic item I love and feel good in, I buy it in several different colors – be it a shift dress, a t-shirt, a sweater, or a pair of shoes. You might think with this that I have an extensive wardrobe…but I don’t. I have a relatively small closet, so I edit annually to get rid of items I’m not wearing or don’t feel good in, and swap in items that I do. Out with the old to make room for the new! While it may almost be cliche these days…there is something to be said for the Marie Kondo method of only having items that spark joy, and donating all the rest.

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