A new semester, a new year, a new you!

Let me first start by welcoming all my loyal readers back. I hope winter break has recharged you and you are keeping up with your resolutions. I find that a new year, and especially a new semester is an inspiring time. It is a time to reinvent ourselves and especially our closet. If you had a resolution to get organized or save money, your closet is where you can start.

Start by hanging more clothing items in your closet rather then folded in a dresser. I find it is easier to find outfits if they are hung at eye level instead of tucked away. Get slim-line hangers and sort by item or color. I arrange my closet by item, I keep dresses with each other, tank tops, pants and so on. If I’m running late and trying to find my pleated blouse, I know exactly where to look. The same goes for shoes. By having a simple shoe rack on the floor of your closet, your kicks are easily accessible and less cluttered looking.

Save some time in your morning routine and pick out your outfit for the day, the night before. Choose everything from your clothes, shoes and even accessories. By doing this, you will be able to set your alarm 10 to 20 minutes later each morning. Also, check the weather each night as well, so you can leave out your umbrella or a jacket. All of these planning tips will save you time each morning.

It feels great to remove out dated items from your closet. Take a good look at everything in your closet and dresser, and ask yourself  “When was the last time I wore this?”, “When will I where it next?”. If the item has not been worn in over a year, it is time to let it go and make room for new trends. If you could use some extra cash, try to sell the clothes to stores like Buffalo Exchange, Plato’s Closet, and other thrift stores. What ever they do not accept, donate. Look for organizations that are looking for used clothes or the bins in parking lots, both of which will go to someone in need, which will fulfill your volunteer work resolution as well.

If you are looking to spruce up your closet right now is the best time to do so. Stores are having great sales in January and February. Stores are trying to make room for spring and summer collections so, it is the ideal time to score some designer items that were over budget during the holiday season. So go on a hunt for the one dream item you’ve been dreaming of all season. It may be accessible now!

Think of this new year and new semester as a fresh start. Take these tools of advice to improve not only your closet and wardrobe, but improve your life. If you start to organize your closet, it may inspire you to sort your desk or finally tackle your junk draw. Resolutions have to start somewhere, so why not start with your closet?