Because the “52 weeks of home organization project” is centered around having less stuff, I’m planning to pare down what’s in my clothes closet. That thought has me cringing about parting with several Laura Ashley dresses from the 1980’s – not that I’ve worn them since the early 1990’s – but when it comes to clothing, the sentimental reasons for keeping items have always outweighed the practical.
What I decided I needed was inspiration. And to start with our coat closet – instead of my actual clothing closet – for practice.
Fresh from the library with a stack of books on style and color, I’m getting inspired. Because these books are helping – and have me wondering how many clothes we actually need – I thought I’d share them. Each one is useful, has a good tip or two, and most all confirm what the other is saying.
Inspiration for Organizing Clothing
- “Color Me Younger” is by far my favorite. The simple truth is that our bodies change and so do our clothing needs. This book has color swatches, combinations, and tips on how to look your best at any age. While I think of myself as forever 22-years-old, I’m starting to look at what the color suggestions are for women in their 5o’s. I’m not trying to age myself (Lord knows!) but according to my driver’s license, I’ll be 48 on my next birthday!
- “Reinvent Yourself with Color Me Beautiful” is an updated version of the original theory that each of us is a different “season”. Updated with the “warm or cool” concept and understanding a wardrobe palette.
- “Tim Gunn’s Fashion Bible : The Fascinating History of Everything in Your Closet” yes, Tim is on my side that everything in my closet has a history but I’m not sure that means I should hold onto it! Full of sass and history, I find something interesting in the book every time I pick it up.
- “You Know You Want It: Style-Inspiration-Confidence” – yes, don’t we all want that? While the fashions seem more aimed at my teenage daughter, the style and shapes are timeless.
- “Always in Style with Color Me Beautiful” is a good place to read about the “color me beautiful” theories – if you haven’t already. The fashions are outdated but the theory that not everyone should wear the same shade still holds true.
That’s the stack of books I’m reading to get inspired for the big closet clean out project. Check them out from the library.
What inspires you when tackling a big project?
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