Here's your Monday closet tip, along with some inspiring closet eye candy.
Last Monday's tip was easy come, easy go, which is to say if you don't spend a lot on your clothes in the first place, it's easier to get rid of them when the time comes.
This week's tip: Your closet is a lot like American Idol.
- Lots of clothes audition for the top spots, but only 10 get to go on tour
- There are three judges, but Simon is the only one who counts. (Yes, there are technically four judges on AI now, but I can't get into that new one.)
The trick is to identify your top contenders and more or less get rid of everything else. To do that, your clothes must audition.
Closet organizing experts will tell you to divide your clothes into 'yes', 'no' and 'maybe'. That's the easy part. Now what to do with the 'maybe' category? Run them past your three internal judges.
Paula: It's not terribly flattering on you. But an empire* waist is very popular right now. And if you stand up straight and hold your shoulders back, it really doesn't look that bad. You really do have a budding eclectic taste. Keep developing that.
Randy: It's just awright for me, dawg.
Simon: I wouldn't bury a dead ferret in it.
The Simon voice will become more sharply insistent as the contest continues. Take your 'maybe' outfit and place it front and center in your closet. Make yourself wear it some time in the next two weeks. If it survives that round, make yourself wear it again within the following two weeks. By now, you either love it or hate it. More likely, you hate it. Actually wearing the outfit will bring back to memory why you haven't been wearing it all along - it itches or it's lumpy or too tight or makes you look washed out in the office bathroom mirror. Ditch it and bring your next 'maybe' outfit in for an audition.
You may find a Jennifer Hudson in there. Here's betting you've also got lots o' William Hung.
*For you Pennsylvania Dutch out there, this is pronounced ahm-pire.
Images: Houzz, House Beautiful, New York Times