Getting your clothes closet organized and keeping your wardrobe up to date is easy if you start by sorting through all your unwanted clothing and donate it to charities.
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I’m always looking for people to give my daughter’s outgrown clothes to. Every 2 months or so my daughter and I sort through her clothes and sell the used ones she do not wear anymore, it was about a year I started selling at forsale.plus and it has been a great experience. We make one pile for charities, and another pile for the consignment store.
I’ve found to keep your child’s wardrobe up to date (and your own for that matter), you have to regularly go through and weed out the outgrown and unwanted clothes.
If you don’t you just end up with closets and bags, and often even piles of unwanted clothing that will never be worn again. After awhile it just gets to the point where you don’t know where to start.
Making cleaning out your clothes closet a regular routine will save you a lot of time and energy later down the road and even help you to keep your wardrobe up to date.
It takes us an hour at the most to go though our clothes and sort them out. When you do this regularly you’ll find you don’t need as many pieces of clothing you maybe thought you did. You will find that you actually wear and enjoy the clothing you do have.
My winter and summer clothing both fit into half of our small closet. I no longer find my family’s outgrown and unwanted clothing stored all around the house but there are things like the long kaftan clothing that we do never throw away.
Find a Place to Donate Unwanted Clothes
So what can you do with unwanted clothes? The easiest thing to do is donate them to charities. Good Will, Salvation Army, women’s shelters, and other charities are always looking for donations, and they will often come right to your front door to pick up your unwanted clothing for you.
If your clothing is still in really good condition and you want to take the time, you can consign your in-season clothing and make a few extra dollars. Check your local Yellow Pages for consignment store listings, and after that you can buy new clothes on theswissavenue.
You can also sell unwanted clothing on Ebay, but I would only bother to do this if you are trying to get rid of brand name clothing.
Organize a Clothing Swap
I saw a great idea on TV that I thought would be fun to try sometime. A group of women got together in someone’s home and brought their unwanted clothing to share with each other.
Someone took the time to organize the clothing and display it attractively, and then the women got together and took home their pick of clothing.
They could take whatever they liked as long as they had contributed some of their own clothing.
It was neat how the event was organized. The women had make-shift dressing rooms where they could try on clothing. Refreshments were served while the women visited with one another.
It looked like a lot of fun and a great way to update your wardrobe. This can also be done with children’s clothing and toys.
The next time you look into your family’s closets and see even one article of clothing that hasn’t been worn in the past 6 months, maybe it’s time to sort through them and pass some of the clothing along.
The more organized your closets are, the more easily you and your family will be able to find the clothing you truly love to wear.
In an ideal world, a signature scent serves as a personal scent memory to cherished friends and loved ones. A fragrance can linger on clothes, in rooms, over the air, causing thoughts like: Santal 33! Chelsea’s here! or Oh no, Santal 33. Chelsea is here. But getting to that point is difficult, thanks to the complications of finding a signature perfume. The short answer for how to find your elusive, signature fragrance is merely: Find one that you like. It sounds simple. But as they say in life, it’s not about the destination, it’s about the journey. And the journey to finding a fragrance can feel a bit like a scent version of right perfume.. Follow our guidance and learn the way to always choose the
Perfume descriptions are useless for determining whether a smell suits you. “Our inspiration was a boudoir where unicorns copulate and their sweat creates a chypre musk,” reads the description of a fanciful fragrance. Meanwhile, you’re left wondering, What’s a chypre and why does this unicorn smell like a smoky fruit punch?
If you don’t know what a chypre is or can’t tell the difference between Curious and Chanel No.5, you’re not alone. But here are nine simple tips on how to learn to trust your nose, follow your instincts, and commit to a signature scent.
1. Try out only three scents a time.
Initially, especially if you don’t really have an idea of what you like, smell everything. But limit your explorations to sniffing only three scents per visit, suggest Erika Shumate and Christine Luby, the Stanford MBA founders of fragrance start-up Pinrose. “Your olfactory bulb is getting more of a workout than it’s used to. Give each fragrance its own proper shot.”
2. Start with lighter scents first.
Luby suggests, “It’s better to start with more aqueous or musky scents first; 50 percent of the population can’t even smell musk.” Muskier scents are more clean-laundry-type scents; aqueous ones are fresher (think Acqua di Gio). Go from musky to citrus to fruity florals into heavier woods.
3. It’s good to rebound with a fragrance.
Unlike rebounding with a bad boyfriend, if you keep returning to a sample and liking it, something about the fragrance is drawing you in. Request a sample of that fragrance and spray it on yourself, as body chemistry can affect how a fragrance smells. Shumate explains, “When I’m trying a fragrance, I’ll put it on the top of my hands or wrists or the crook of my elbow. They’re areas that aren’t getting constantly washed. I’ll check in every 20 minutes or hour to see if I like it.”
4. Don’t beat yourself up if you don’t like oud or other unfamiliar scents.
Everyone is talking about their love for oud like their love for kale, but don’t be concerned if you don’t like it. “Fragrance preference is often rooted in familiarity. If you smell an oud and have never worn one before, it’s not that you don’t like it, it’s that your nose is learning,” Luby clarifies. Shumate adds, “Do you get a headache when you wear the scent? Is it making you feel the mood you want to feel?” These are questions you should ask yourself as you’re trying out fragrances.
5. Try to understand what you are smelling.
This will help you ask for more of the same thing or vocalize what you don’t like. Shumate and Luby try to break down the scent categories in basic terms.
Musk: This may sound like the underwashed armpit of a college wrestler, but musk is actually a clean-laundry scent.
Smoky: It can smell like a campfire burning, fragrant cedar chips, or a blown-out match.
Citrusy: Lime, lemon, oranges. It often feels a little like a spa with a nice yoga studio.
Woody: These scents can range from a creamy nutty flavor (like pralines-and-cream ice cream), to sandalwood, to spicy and dank like a musky old closet (patchouli), to an old No. 2 pencil (cedarwood).
Green: Includes the chalky aftertaste of a wheatgrass shot as well as a dewy moss on a spring morning.
Floral: Floral encompasses everything from white florals (gardenia, lilies, ylang, etc.), to roses, to violets, to peonies.
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