Keep Your Closet Clean (Once & For All!)

Keep your closet clean once and for all by putting it through these three tests shown in today’s video: The Hanger Test, The Hamper Test or The Hanging Test. (Click the image below to watch the video.)

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I’ve shared some closet cleaning tips and tricks in other videos recently, so now that you have spent a ton of time cleaning out your closet, how do you finally keep it clean once and for all?!

Clothes, shoes, purses and accessories have their way of creeping into our closets, whether through impulse buys, receiving gifts or therapy shopping – and our well-intentioned closet cleaning just went down the tubes and we jam pack more and more into our wardrobe.

So how do you keep your closet clean once you have taken the time to go through it all? There are lots of different suggestions out there that you can follow, today, I want to share the tips that I use to keep my closet under control.

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Keep Your Closet Clean – The Hanger Test

Go into your closet and turn all the hangers backwards. Mark a date on your calendar where you want to go back into your closet and check the hangers. This could be a few weeks to a few months out or even a year. In the meantime, anytime you wear something, put it back on the hanger and hang the hanger in your closet as you normally would. On the date you have picked, go back into your closet and remove all the items that are left on the backwards hangers. Those are the items that you haven’t used in the period of time you set for yourself and can go ahead and clean out of your closet.

Keep Your Closet Clean – The Hamper Test

The hamper test is one of the best ways that I have found to monitor what I am using and what I am not. If you typically do laundry once per week, go 2-3 weeks (or even 4 if you can stand it) without doing laundry. In that period of time, anything that you wear goes into the hamper once you are done with it. At the end of your 2 weeks, 3 weeks or 4 weeks, see what you have left hanging in your closet. These are the items that you most likely rarely (if ever use) and are probably safe to get rid of.

Keep Your Closet Clean – The Hanging Test

My last test is the hanging test. How well can you see the items that you have hanging in your closet? If your answer is “Not very well,” then most likely you are failing the hanging test. Items that are out of sight, out of mind are less likely to get used. So the more crowded your closet is, the less you are likely using the items in it. For the hanging test, make sure that everything is actually hanging in your closet, versus being packed in so tightly that they are pushed up against each other. If your items, aren’t hanging, then it’s time to clean out your closet. See our closet cleaning video for more tips.

So give one of these a try! Whether it’s the hanger test, the hamper test or the hanging test, one of these or even all three will help keep your closet happy and help you to keep your closet cleaned and organized once and for all!

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Closet Cleaning Tips: Keep, Recycle or Trade?

Closet cleaning tips for both the wallet and eco-conscious alike! When you are cleaning out your closet, you actually have more options than just bagging everything up and dropping it off at the local thrift chain on the corner. This video explains those options, plus I will show you three more Trendy Trade Clothing Swap Event finds! (Click image below to play video.)

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When you are cleaning out your closet, you actually have more options than just bagging everything up and dropping it off at the local thrift chain on the corner. You can turn items you no longer use into items you will love, at Trendy Trade Clothing Swap Events. Today we will cover closet cleaning tips that help you make the most of what you already have and get the most for the money you have already spent. These tips will also help you not to keep something in your closet that doesn’t need to stay there, simply because you don’t know what else to do with it!

According to the Council for Textile Recycling’s website, the average American throws away 70 pounds of clothing and textiles per year. With Trendy Trade, we give you another option other than keeping, donating or throwing away — that is swapping!

Closet Cleaning Tips: Ask Yourself These 3 Questions

Next time you are getting ready to clean out your closet, go into the project with these questions in mind:

  • Will I use this? If so, keep it.
  • Is this still in great shape but I won’t use it? If so, swap it.
  • Is this item worn out? If so, recycle it.

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If items are in your closet getting regular use, keep them in your closet! You know which ones these are because they are either on you or in your hamper right now waiting to be washed!

Closet Cleaning Tips: Swap or Recycle Instead!

For other items that are in your closet that are in great shape, but are too big or too small or maybe you bought it on clearance and can’t return it – these are great items to bring to a Trendy Trade and swap for new-to-you items that you will love.

If an item is outdated or totally and completely worn out, look for a textile recycling facility in your area, or if there isn’t one, check around to the local thrift stores to find one that recycles or reuses fabrics that come in.

Make it your goal to no longer throw anything away. Second to that, make it your goal to turn what you no longer use into something that you will! You can do that at an upcoming Trendy Trade event. Visit our Facebook page or subscribe to our newsletter for upcoming event details.

Trendy Trade is all about repurposing and taking something that someone has no more use for and rehoming it and giving it a new life. When you are cleaning out your closet, keep today’s tips in mind and it will help you make the most of what you already have!

For more closet cleaning tips and tricks check out my closet cleaning video or my closet shopping video.

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Dressing For Your Body Type

Dressing for your body type usually comes with a long list of do’s and don’ts. But today, I am simplifying the rules by sharing one simple trick for dressing for your body type to help you achieve confidence in your look.

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You have probably heard different tips over the years about how to dress for your body type and if the rules seem too lengthy or complicated, I have one simple trick that I’ll be sharing today that will help you dress for your body type, no matter what shape you are.

Body type or body shape can get very complicated and detailed. Of course, there is no way to put every single woman on the planet into a few main categories, so for the sake of simplicity, we are going to use five basic body shapes for illustration purposes today.

Hourglass | Triangle (Pear) | Inverted Triangle | Apple | Rectangle

Dressing for your body type has less to do with your weight than it does with your structure. Every woman deserves to feel confident and beautiful and using this simple trick for dressing for your body type that I am going to share with you, will help you achieve confidence in your look.

Dressing For Your Body Type – One Simple Trick

The one simple trick is this: Attract attention to the part of your body that is smaller and detract from the part of your body that is larger. And in just a minute I am going to explain the “how” of that.

But first, by “attracting attention”, let me tell you what I do mean and let me tell you what I do not mean. What I do mean is to use fabrics, textures, patterns and colors to attract attention to the smaller half of your body. What I don’t mean, is to attract attention by using less fabric (if you catch my drift.) The goal in all of this is to achieve balance in your overall look and do so in a sophisticated way.

For a lot of you, you already know what your body shape is, but if you need help in determining what your body shape is, we are not going to cover that today – we’ll save it for another time, but in the meantime, jump on and do a quick Google search for those resources. There are a lot of good ones out there that will help you take measurements or give you other tips and tricks for determining your shape.

Dressing for your body type – The How

The overall goal of dressing for your body type is not only looking as fab as you can of course and feel great as you go through your day, but mainly to achieve that “hourglass” look. That’s considered (visually speaking) the perfect body shape so if you are starting out as an hourglass figure, then you have one up on the rest of us. If you are an hourglass, the goal then becomes not to lose that balanced look as you select what to put on.

If you are any of the other four shapes, the goal is to use fabrics, textures, patterns and colors placed in strategic places to help you achieve that perfect balanced, hourglass look no matter your body shape.

So, yes, you can do it! And no it’s not as complicated as you would think! In fact, you might find after today’s tutorial that you are already doing a lot of these subconsciously, because that is what looks good and maybe today will just help explain more of the “why” you are subconsciously doing it. So let’s get started!

Dressing For Your Body Type: Remember our one simple trick

Attract attention to the part of your body that is smaller and detract from the part of your body that is larger. 

How to attract attention: use fabrics, textures, patterns, colors and certain cuts of fabric placed in strategic places

How to detract attention: Use dark or solid colors or larger cuts of fabric to cover or help detract attention from larger areas of your body

Dressing For Your Body Type: One simple trick applied to a triangle (pear)

A pear shaped body is smaller on top, larger on bottom. This simple trick applied to a pear shape, to help achieve balance and work toward that hourglass look, is to attract attention to the top through use of fabrics, textures, patterns, colors and detract attention from the bottom by using dark or solid colors. Applying this simple trick helps to create the illusion of an hourglass figure on a pear shaped body.

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Sample outfit: a floral top and black jeans would look great on a pear shape

The exact opposite would be true for an inverted triangle shaped body. Remember, our one simple trick: Attract attention to the part of your body that is smaller and detract from the part of your body that is larger. 

Dressing For Your Body Type: One simple trick applied to an inverted triangle

Detract attention to the top and attract attention to the lower half of the body. Use solid colors to detract attention on top and balance it out by using patterns and colors on bottom. This could be a black top with colored skinny jeans. Putting the solid, dark color on top detracts attention and putting the brighter color on bottom attracts attention, thereby balancing out the body shape of the inverted triangle, that otherwise typically wider on top and smaller on bottom.

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Sample outfit: A dark colored top and brightly colored jeans would look great on this body shape

Dressing For Your Body Type: One simple trick applied to an apple shape

If we apply our one simple trick to an apple shape, and work towards the illusion of an hourglass shape, the goal is to detract attention from the middle and attract attention to the top and bottom. This could look like a big chunky brightly-colored necklace on top, solid dark top and a ruffle edge knee length skirt on bottom. The ruffles on the bottom of the skirt will draw attention downward at the same time the brightly colored chunky necklace draws attention up, helping to create the illusion of balance and achieve that hourglass figure.

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Sample outfit: Attract attention up and down with a chunky necklace up top and a ruffled skirt

Dressing For Your Body Type: One simple trick applied to an apple shape

What this looks like on a rectangle: a rectangle is evenly portioned and similar to an hourglass with the exception of a defined waist. If we apply our one simple trick to a rectangle shape, we will want to draw attention to the waist. A brightly colored belt in the middle of muted colors on top and bottom, will help create the illusion of a waist and help you work towards that hourglass shape.

Of course, there are many more tips and tricks to dress for your body shape and we will take a look at more in the future. My goal today is to (without overly complicating the process or causing confusion) give you one simple trick to help you take the next step in dressing for your body shape.

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How To Clean Out Your Closet

How to clean out your closet quickly and easily! If the thought of cleaning out your closet brings on overwhelming feelings of guilt for buying too much or anxiety of not knowing where to begin, then this video is for you. In this video, I’ll share three quick and easy steps to get you started on cleaning out your closet. The good news is we have a few trendy trade Clothing Swap Events right around the corner for you to get rid of things you no longer use and trade them for things you will! (Click the image below to play video.)

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It sounds like such a daunting task — cleaning out your closet — but with just a few quick and easy tips, I hope to help you breakdown this task so it is a little less overwhelming, rewarding actually and helps you make the most of what you already have.

Go through each of the three steps, one at a time, that I’ll be sharing with you here and when you’re done, you’ll have everything ready to go for the next trendy trade Clothing Swap Event that you attend. Plus, you’ll find space in your closet for all your new favorite finds you are sure to bring home with you from the next clothing swap!

How To Clean Out Your Closet | Step 1: Purge

This doesn’t take long and, in fact, should be done quickly. Start at one end of your closet and work your way across (left to right) and then top to bottom, looking for items that are completely worn out and not usable. If beyond repair, these items should go directly into a pile you set aside for recycling. If you do a Google search, you can try to find a location near you that takes textiles for recycling or find a company that accepts the fabric for reuse.

How To Clean Out Your Closet | Step 2: Filter

After you’ve purged, then you’ll want to go back through your closet paying a little more attention to what you are getting rid of. Follow the same pattern and work the same way as before (left to right and then top to bottom) and filter out items that are still in good condition, but no longer fit. This is where painful realism comes into play. If it is too big or too small, the item should go directly into your swapping pile. If an item has sentimental value, store it, but free up the space in your closet.

How To Clean Out Your Closet | Step 3: Match

With the work you’ve completed so far, the items left in your closet should be usable items that fit you well. Double check what you’ve done by “closet shopping” and putting together outfits for yourself in advance of needing to wear them. This will also help you take inventory of what items you need to get to complete an outfit or look. Then, be on the lookout for those items at the next trendy trade Clothing Swap Event.

My hope is that these few quick and easy closet cleaning tips will help you make the most of what you already have and then also give you a head start on filtering through your closet so you have a bag ready to go when you attend your next trendy trade Clothing Swap Event.

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