Shop your own closet
I really need to clean my closet. It's bad. It looks like that scene from Poltergeist, after the closet demon sucks all the soul and worldly possessions from the room in a whirl of wind and destruction.
The perk, though, is that once I actually force myself to get down in there, I'm going to find a universe of discoveries I had long forgotten. Digging into your closet and looking at it in a new light can have all the satisfaction of a rampage through the mall, minus the self loathing and cushion coin surfing that comes when you overdraw your bank account.
Deal Divas got some tips from Colin Megaro, a fashion stylist who gives personal wardrobe consults. He's based out of New York and LA, but he travels around for clients. For $300, he'll give you up to three hours of his wisdom -- a consultation, closet editing and a customized look book.
However, for those of us so broke we've resorted to selling Aunt Mindy's Crystal Gale LP on Craigslist, Colin came through. He offered some tips for making the things you already have work for you. Here we go!
1. Clean out the closet. Remove and review every item. Make piles of clothing that you never wear, clothing that no longer fits and clothing that is still in rotation. Donate the pieces you don’t wear to your favorite charity. The closet will be less cluttered, great for sanity. Plus, you're being nice, and you get a tax deduction.
2. Beware items that don't fit. If they're too small, donate them. If they're overly big, slightly short or out of style, take them to a tailor. Pant hems can be let down, shirts can be altered to have different sleeve styles, skirts can be reworked into new looks. And it's a lot cheaper than buying new.
3. After you purge, consider having a clothing swap with friends. Invite them over, ask them to bring clothes, try stuff on, mix and match, get new style ideas, save money and have fun.
~ Deal Diva Stephanie
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