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Fashion: Fresh Start for 2013

Jen is back! This time, she has the cleaning bug. Enjoy Jen’s 3 steps to cleaning your closet for the New Year (and to make room for cute spring trends). Xo B

Fashion: Fresh Start for 2013

I have been racking my brain these past couple of weeks and trying to figure out what it is about the month of January that has turned me into a total organizational maniac!  Anyone else?  I was barely off of the plane on New Year’s Day and had already devised a three-point plan for getting all of my jewelry in order.  It was only a matter of days before I made way to the closet.  Before I knew it I was knee deep in worn-out denim, piling sweaters, and other pieces that were ready to be given away.  While tackling a project like cleaning out your closet may not seem like the most exciting way to spend a weekend, let me assure you, the peace of mind that comes every time you walk into a clean and organized wardrobe space knowing you love every piece in there is priceless. Not to mention it will save you loads of time when getting ready in the morning!

Ready to get started?  Let's do it!

Step 1:
Take it all out.  We're not doing any of this halfway stuff, so remove every last item from your closet.  You might be shocked what you find hiding in the nooks and crannies.

Step 2:

Find 4 sheets of paper and with a pen or marker write SELL, DONATE, TAILOR, and DRY CLEAN.  These will denote your piles of clothes.

Step 3:

In order to go back in the closet, an item must....

- Have been worn in the last 12 months.
- Be in clean, wearable condition... no stains, no holes, no pilling knits!
- Fit you.
- Make you feel great when you are wearing it!

If it doesn't comply with one of these four markers, figure out which pile it should go in.  Is it worth tailoring?  Has it seen better days?  If you haven't worn it in a year, are you really ever going to?  If you don't feel amazing in it, why bother?  

Almost all cities have re-sell or consignment shops where you can take your gently used digs to sell.  Or consider donating them to a charity like Dress for Success or a Women's Shelter organization.  If donating, be sure to get a receipt for your tax return.

Feel better yet?  There is nothing like the zen of a nicely feng shui-ed closet space!

Once you’re ready to put clothes back into your closet, try Andrea’s tips for closet organization.

Have you caught the cleaning bug yet this year? How are you getting organized?

About Jen Pinkston: Jen Pinkston is a celebrity wardrobe stylist whose career began on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in 2007. She worked for four years on DeGeneres' wardrobe for the show, red carpet, and advertising campaigns. In 2011 she made the transition into full-time freelance work, specializing in advertising, editorial, and red carpet. Within her first year she was sought out by major national brands including Gap and Fiat for her styling expertise. This same year Jen launched The Effortless Chic and has since been using the lifestyle site as a place to share her style expertise with an audience beyond her celebrity clients. To keep up with Jen, follow her on twitter

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Joanna Riedl
557 days ago

Have you checked out Poshmark? It's a way to sell your clothes right from your phone. You can make money and de-clutter your life at the same time. It's amazing!

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