Do you constantly go into your closet and think “I have nothing to wear”? Even though you have tons and tons of clothes! It may be high time to organize your closet. As I mentioned, I probably have more clothes than most. I’ve been repping the same clothing line, (in my spare time as a hobby and way of feeding my hunger for cute clothes) since Fall 2003. That’s 4 seasons of clothes a year, or 48 trunk shows, which means 48 shopping opportunities for me, which means way more clothes than I, or a small village needs. And even I look into my closet and think, “I have absolutely Nothing to wear”!!
Even though I’m constantly purging and donating, it appears the clothes keep multiplying and when I look through my closet (which is size of a small room, and thank You Kim for that), it’s overwhelming, and I tend to gravitate towards the same outfits. So it’s time to not only purge and donate, but also Declutter!
Signs it’s time to declutter the closet:
1. Is your closet chock full of clothes you no longer wear or no longer fit?
2. Are you having trouble finding the LBD (little black dress) you picked up from the dry cleaner?
3. Are your work clothes wrinkled from being shoved in the back of the closet?
4. Can you no longer walk into your walk-in closet?
5. Is the bottom of your closet strewn with clothes as you throw them on the ground in search of the perfect outfit?
6. Is looking in your closet overwhelming?
If you answered Yes to any of these questions, or if your closet is just a mess…it’s time to do some Spring/Summer Cleaning in your closet!
Before you tackle the task of going down in your closet…First and foremost, you need to Edit your Wardrobe. Distinguish clothing and shoes that you wear and items that you need to get rid of. You can do this by the golden rule of closet organizing: If you haven’t worn it in a year, toss it. Also, if it doesn’t fit you well, it is time to get rid of it. Instead of hanging on to your “skinny jeans” until you lose a few pounds, donate them. Then, when you get down to your goal weight, treat yourself to a new, stylish pair of jeans. and if an item is severely damaged, even if it’s your very favorite pair of jeans, toss it out.
Here are some quick tips to jump-start your closet organization!
- Hang clothes in complete outfits. Put jewelry in plastic bags and hang them from the hanger. Sort them by Day of the Week, if you can plan a week, or more out.
- Organize your wardrobe around one key color – it’s easier to shop for and match complete outfits. May I suggest Black?!
- Hang your boots
- Put an over-the-door or adhesive hanger on your closet door so that you have a place to plan your daily outfits.
- Keep a large bag in your closet – anything you come across that can be given away, either because it is outdated or no longer fits, can be donated to a local women’s shelter when the bag is full.
- Do a Seasonal change of clothes if you don’t have room to store All your clothes. Covered clothing racks can be filled with out-of-season clothes and kept in your attic or basement or under your bed. Flat storage boxes can serve a similar purpose.
- Deal with dry cleaning. Remove clothes from dry-cleaning bags as soon as you get home, and hang your clothes on proper hangers. Return the wire hangers to the dry cleaner for reuse. (Future blog: Dry Cleaning tips…when and when not to dry clean).
- Contain what doesn’t hang. Use containers—consider a matching set of baskets—to hold accessories and clothing that can’t be hung, such as socks and undergarments. Smaller baskets or boxes can store a single type of accessory, such as scarves or hats.
- Attach a snapshot of your shoes to the front of the boxes to easily identify them.
- Invest in matching hangers. You can get wooden ones super cheap this time of year! Try places like Wal-Mart, Target, and IKEA.
- Fold t-shirts in half and store them vertically where you can see all of them at once. You can fit more in the drawer and actually see what’s there! Or they can be stored in a basket on the closet floor.