Do you want to update or change your wardrobe?  If you are looking to make this year, your year, updating your wardrobe may be your New Year’s resolution.  Before you head out to local boutiques or start shopping online, there are a number of steps you should first take.  Before meeting your New Year’s goal, it is important to prepare.

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Before buying a new wardrobe, examine what you have.  Most people mistakenly believe that to update a wardrobe, you have to start from scratch, but you do not.  Do not throw away perfectly good clothes.  Do you have a nice black top?  If so, keep it.  It may match perfect with a new sweater you buy, but you will not know unless you save it. 

To get started, pull all clothes from your dresser.  Place these items on your bed.  Remember, you goal is to save as many clothes as possible.  Save those that you will wear, even just around home.  Put these clothes and accessories back into your dresser.  When doing so, fold and sort so that your clothes are easy to find without digging and creating a bigger mess.

Although you can save clothes that are in good condition or those that you will wear, you will also want to make room for your new wardrobe.  For that reason, closely examine all clothes.  Anything that is stained or has holes, like an old shirt or a pair of socks, throw away.  Clothes that are salvageable, but that you just don’t want to wear, donate to the Salvation Army.  In fact, create two piles on your floor.  One pile is for the garbage and another is for donating.

After sorting through your dresser, head to the closet.  Repeat the above mentioned steps.  Throw away all clothes that are ruined or stained.  Keep those you may wear again.  Donate those that are clean, but that you don’t anticipate wearing.  Just add these items to your piles.

Next, you want to bag up all clothes you will throw in the garbage.  When putting the clothes in a garbage bag, recheck them to make sure they cannot be donated.  Never throw away clothes that can be salvaged, as there are people in need who can wear them.  As for donated clothes, box or bag them.  Drop them off at a nearby Salvation Army or Goodwill store.  To save gas, do so on your way to purchase your new wardrobe.

Now that your dresser and closets are cleaned and sorted, you may be ready to make your New Year’s resolution of a new wardrobe a reality.  Yes, you can do so, but before you start shopping, create a game plan.  You know that you want a new wardrobe, but what kind do you want?  Do you want new pajamas, work clothes, party clothes, workout clothes, or all?  Write down what you need and want to buy.  Remember the clothes that you threw away.  If you got rid of all of your socks, you must buy replacements right away.

Finally, you are ready to start shopping.  Although your New Year’s resolution was to update your wardrobe, not get out of debt, you should still keep it in mind.  If you enjoy shopping online, do so.  When shopping online, it is easier to compare prices to find the best deals.  If you decide to shop locally, head to stores that are known for their affordable prices.  Even if you purchase designer clothes and accessories, always look for the best deals.  By keeping an eye on price tags, you can make sure that your next New Year’s resolution isn’t to get out of debt.

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