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Confession: I’m a purger, with hoarding tendencies! I love a clean, well edited closet but I’m also sentimental, confused if perhaps something will come back in style, or maybe I’ll finally lose that extra 5 pounds so those fab jeans fit again. Ladies… it’s time to remove the emotion and get closet purging!

Katrina Aronson, a stylish friend and mama who owns Marston Boutique in Jupiter, Fla., recently added a closet editing service… just what my closet needed. I learned so much that I’m excited to share with you.

Want to clean your closet and make it feel pretty each time you walk in? Let’s take it step by step:

  1. Invite a trusted friend over if possible! In addition to Katrina, my girlfriend Erica joined and provided a really helpful extra opinion (kind yet straight forward!).
  2. Put three bins out: one for donations, one for items you want to sell and lastly, items headed to the trash (pilled and stained tees, etc).
  3. TAKE OUT EVERYTHING. I know, I know. This part sucks but it’s 100 percent necessary. 110 percent, in fact. Toss it on your bed, on your floor, wherever.
  4. Now, grab your glass of wine or coffee and get serious. This is happening and you’re going to be so happy! Pinky swear.
  5. Start reviewing each piece, and put back the obvious YES items to get them out of the way… just first think how you want your closet organized. Mine was originally organized by tanks together, short sleeve, etc but Katrina organized it by color with tanks and tops mixed in…. I would have never done that but the outcome is SO pretty.
  6. Next, also put obvious items in one of those three bins: donate, sell, trash.
  7. Now, the rest: hopefully this is a small percentage of your closet. Honestly, anything that’s a maybe you probably won’t miss anyway. For example, I had quite a few items I thought I loved but never wear because in the back of my mind thinks they might not fit/ill fitting or whatever. Fact: most didn’t look great, and they’re taking up space. Conversely, and kind of funny: I also had a few items that looked so much better since I got these! LOL.
  8. Try on each maybe item, carefully noticing the fit, where you’d wear it and how you’d style it, and if it is in style still. This is where having an honest, impartial and helpful friend is crucial.
  9. As you’re doing this, think about what’s missing from your closet, that each time you get dressed you feel like you have nothing to wear. Is it more basic yet fab tees, a great pair of black trousers, better quality blouses… it’s different for each person but determining your wardrobe needs will help you hone  in on a well curated and functional closet.
  10. Put everything back, folding and organizing so you have a closet that makes you smile!

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Great example: I haven’t worn this pair of white denim in ages because the length has always been just a touch too long. So, I put them on and Katrina walked through with me the best options for hemming (or grabbing a scissor, which is what I did!).

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Looking for more insight? Katrina shared three rules she lives by to help guide you through the purge, keep and buy process.

1) Embrace the “three tries” rule: If you put on a garment and then take it off to wear something else three or more times, let it go. Yes, you spent good money on it and have never really worn it, but you are not going to get that money back. If you are not excited by it and how it looks on you, it probably will never change.
(some people say two times rule, but I full believe that three is the right number)
2) Tees are not boring anymore. Play with them and try different styles. Add a blazer and a necklace, add a scarf, or a nice cardigan. Having really nice basics that are right for your body is really important so you can dress them up and down. You will get far more use out of them if you focus on the basics more.
3) Think about what your life is really like and make a list of what your closet actually needs. Do you work? Are you a serial bruncher? Do you travel often? This will help you create the “needs list”. Focus on that list first, and then tackle the wants. I find it most helpful to create this list after you have completed the edit, but keep in mind what your life is like during the entire process. It takes a bit of discipline, but it is well worth it.
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Utilize these tips to make your closet happen, or contact Marston at 561.619.5286 to learn more about its closet edit (minimum retail purchase). 

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    Heidi
    March 4, 2017 at 2:11 PM

    These are great tips! I’m definitely guilty of keeping things that I overspent on and didn’t end up wearing much. I’m due for a spring purge:)

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    laura
    March 3, 2017 at 3:48 PM

    Love this! Great post. I’m curious to know if you found/rediscovered items in your closet that you’d forgotten about but are eager to wear them again? If so will you be wearing them in new/different ways? More details!!!
    xx laura from WI
    PS You’re adorbs, as always. 🙂

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      Alyson
      March 10, 2017 at 7:36 PM

      Aww, you’re the sweetest (as always!) Laura. 🙂
      I have rediscovered items, and also tossed a bunch of items too that I clearly never grabbed. I’m starting a new blog series to highlight some old favorites, too!

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    Shira
    March 3, 2017 at 10:51 AM

    These are such great tips but oyyyyyyy am I avoiding a closet clean up like the plague hahahaha! I’m in desperate need but I’ve been pushing it off.

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      Alyson
      March 10, 2017 at 7:36 PM

      Do it, do it!!

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