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3 ways to refresh your wardrobe (without spending any money)

It’s no surprise that we as human beings get bored with our lives every once in awhile. So it should come as no surprise that sometimes we just hate everything in our closet and want to burn it to the ground. Instead of turning to arson, here are a few quick tricks to reviving your wardrobe without spending any money (or doing any jail time).

Decisions, decisions. I may be a pro at this sport, but even I sometimes have a hard time deciding what to toss.

1. Get rid of stuff you don’t wear anymore. It’s important to regularly cleanse your closet of things that are old, don’t fit or are just simply never worn anymore. Once a season usually suffices for this (although I usually do it way more than that because I’m OCD and get bored easily). This is important for two reasons. First, when you begin to accumulate a lot of things, it’s easy for you to forget what you actually have in your closet. Organizing and getting rid of things may help you rediscover those pants you used to wear all the time or that dress you thought you lost. Second, getting rid of the old makes way for any new items you might want to buy later on. If something in your closet hasn’t been worn in over a year, those can be the first to go. Whether you realized it or not, you moved on from these pieces of fashion and they’re doing nothing but collecting dust at the back of your closet, so say your farewells and toss ’em. Also, if there are items in your closet with tags on them that are more than several months old, ask yourself why you haven’t worn them yet. Were they impulse buys you ultimately weren’t happy with and will never wear? If you can return them, get your money back, otherwise toss them on the pile with the others. The easiest (and also the hardest) way to determine if you should part with something is to make sure it still fits. We are all guilty of hanging on to certain favorite clothes with the notion of one day fitting back into them, but they are clogging precious real estate that could be used for things that actually fit. It’s painful, I know- I’ve parted with many a-favorite dresses and shirts that I outgrew or shrank in the dryer (woe is me, I know)- but it must be done. Once you’ve compiled a collection of give-aways, make sure you get rid of them properly (don’t throw them away, like I’ve known some people to do). Give them to a friend, donate them to Goodwill, sell them online. Some stores, like Plato’s Closet and Clothes Mentor, will even give you cash on the spot for your name brand clothes (which I like to use to buy more clothes, duh). Whatever you decide to do, say a quick goodbye and move on (just think of it like dumping your ex, you don’t want them hanging around forever, so part ways and get the hell out of there).

2. Rearrange your closet. Sometimes we get bored with what we already own simply because we’re tired of looking at it the same way. I’ve found that rearranging the order of my closet can change things up for my style without really having to change anything at all. Maybe you’re one of those people who likes to color-coordinate their closet. Try ROYGBIV-ing, but by type. So, instead of everything being all mashed together, separate your tanks from your tees, your skirts from your shorts, your pants from your dresses. If you don’t color-coordinate, try it. Or simply move things around. If you hang your shirts on the left side of the closet and your pants on the right, try flip-flopping them. Make it easy for yourself to walk in, put together an awesome outfit and walk out- no more of this standing in the closet for 20 minutes staring at everything and sighing, wishing you had all new clothes (which I do about once a day). You’d be surprised how differently you’ll feel with just a simple change.

3. Mix-n-match. The best (and most enjoyable) way to spruce up your wardrobe is to mix things you wouldn’t normally wear together. Get out of that routine of wearing the same shirt with only that one pair of pants. Mix colors and patterns. Take an extra five minutes every day to go through your jewelry box and accessorize (that’s why you bought all that crap anyway, right?). You don’t have to be a fashionista to look good. The most important thing is to have fun with it. After all, that’s what fashion is all about. Well, that, and avoiding nakedness.

And just remember, if none of these things work for you, you have issues and should default to retail therapy immediately.

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Why birthdays are irrelevant (and why getting old sucks)

Getting old kind of sucks.

Not in the usual sucky-suck way, when you just can’t stand something and you’d rather chew off your own arm than have to face it (although I probably shouldn’t make zombie jokes when there’s been so much of it in the media lately), but in a general sense, as far as birthdays go, it sucks.

I turned 23 a few days ago. Yes, I realize 23 is not that old. But it just reminds me how pointless birthdays are and how depressing that “special” day that’s all yours really is.

The happy birthday email I got from my dad’s dive shop. I was actually excited about this.

Now don’t get me wrong, this is not me whining that not enough people reached out to me on my birthday. If there’s one day guaranteed to bring all the random Facebook friends you have on your profile out of the woodworks to actually acknowledge you, it’s your birthday. So between the posts on my timeline, the texts from close friends and the phone calls from family, I got a good amount of attention (not that I really wanted it, but still).

But the lack of “hoopla” just reminded me how much getting old sucks. First of all, birthdays are really only meaningful when you’re young, and you get cool toys and huge parties thrown in your honor and you’re actually super excited to have a birthday (mainly for the presents, but still). So as an adult, there’s not much to really look forward to except that you’re another year old, another year closer to wrinkles and grey hair and death.

Birthdays are just another reminder of how time moves faster and faster the older you get, of how impossible it is to slow it down and stop it from happening. Sometimes I wish I could just freeze time for a little bit, at least until I can accomplish all things I said I wanted to by 23. Sometimes life gets in the way of having a life.

Maybe I’m just being melodramatic because it’s been rainy here and I couldn’t go to the beach on my birthday. And sure, there are plenty of great reasons why it’s cool to be an adult, but now that I’m 23, I feel old. Like I crossed a line in the sand I can’t step back over; 22 still seemed young, but 23? Being 23 makes me feel old. And it sucks. The end.

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