I hope everyone had a good weekend! I’m coming from you today with a very important topic: your closet. Okay, well a medium important topic, but we all have one so it must be relevant. What is in your closet says a lot about you and it’s important that you bring across the right message when doing so. Now when I go to my closet I am always thinking in my head how to put together outfits for my day, which is tim consuming. Sound like you? Well, I have a few solutions that will help you to get the closet (and style) of your dreams without breaking the bank!
- Clean that sucker out – With the summer ending and fall beginning, this is a perfect time to purge out some old items. I have been doing this periodically throughout the past couple of weeks and my closet feels better. I feel that I no longer struggle to find clothes and feel bad when I don’t wear some of them. The best way to do this is by quizzing your favorite items:
- When was the last time I wore this? (8 months to 1 year = get rid)
- What has been the cost per wear? In other words, divide how much did you paid for this item with how many times you have actually worn it. If the number is on the high side or if you’ve only worn it once, consider getting rid of it.
- Does this go with my closet right now? Look at the other pieces in your closet. If it doesn’t go with at least three or four other pieces, consider getting it out.
- Does this fit/make me feel good right now? Don’t say “if I lose five pounds I will” or “if I was an inch taller.” If it doesn’t fit and make you feel good, get rid of it.
- Is this really me anymore? Love a piece but you feel like it just isn’t your style or look anymore? Gone!
- Organize – One of my favorite things to do! This is what works for me, but if you have your own system down pat, keep it. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, right?
- Organize by item type – I organize my hanging pieces by: Sleeveless shirts, short-sleeve, long-sleeve, cardigans and light sweaters, jackets, dresses, and skirts. It makes it easier when I want a skirt, I know exactly where they all are.
- Put other items in drawers – Items that store best in drawers are: shorts, pants, skirts, athletic clothes, and undergarments. Avoid plastic bins for white items because the fabric will not be able to breathe properly.
- Fold sweaters and shelve them – Fold sweaters and stack them up. Keep sweaters out of plastic storage during the warmer months, because the fibers will not be able to breathe. If you are afraid of moth holes the best solutions are moth balls (gross, but effective) but fabric garment bags are a good bet for protection, too.
- Get a shoe rack or caddy– I bought a shoe rack for my shoes a couple of months ago and I love it. It’s easy to see my shoes and they are given room to breathe, especially leather shoes. Don’t store those covered up or in boxes because they will not be able dry out after wear. (All feet sweat, guys.)
- Keep handbags, hats, & scarves together – Nothing is worse than trying to find a scarf that you KNOW you own, but it’s not where it’s supposed to be. Best thing is to keep them all in one place so you know where to find them. I store my scarves in an open basket, and I bought metal rings to keep things like hats and belts together. When storing handbags, keep them away from wood, and if you don’t use them often, place tissue paper in bag to maintain its shape.
- Create a “Closet Catalog” – Turns out a lot of people in the fashion industry use this method and it is proven quite effective. I thought I’d give it a whirl. Take photos of all your items of clothing (I stuck with just clothing and not shoes, bags, etc. because I find those easy to pull out to try on.) with a polaroid type camera. My mom has a Polaroid Zip that has an app you can download on your phone so I borrowed that. You take the photos on your phone, print them out with their paper and viola! Next thing to do is put them in a catalog of sorts. I found a small binder and sheet protectors at Target, so I slid the photos into the sheet protectors. So far, it’s pretty cool and easy. I didn’t think I’d like it at first but it proves pretty handy.I definitely recommend at least trying it for a while.
- Sell, baby! – Now you have a clean, curated closet. It’s time to make some extra dough off of those old items! I will be doing a post on this in a week or so, but I find that Poshmark is a great place to sell those old items.
- Enjoy your new closet! Maybe it’s time to buy some new pieces?
How do you organize your closet? I’d love to hear what works for other people!