7 Things You Can Do This Weekend To Start Organizing Your Closet December 09, 2015 06:57
Does the sight of your closet stress you out? Is it taking you too long to get dressed in the morning? Are you envious of every image on Pinterest that looks like a dream closet?
Maybe we don’t have Carrie’s walk-in that Big built her, but we can organize our own closet to be inspiring and to help getting dressed quick & easy.
Here are a handful of things you can do, which will take about half a day on Saturday or Sunday morning that you’ll be happy about on Monday.
1) This is the only step that I suggest which costs money. Invest in some flat, felt hangers, they take up less room and keeps your beautiful clothing hanging without creasing or slipping off.
They are available anywhere from Walmart to Bed, Bath & Beyond. I’ve seen them at Costco in a box of 50. I would purchase what can fit in your budget for the week, and continue to switch out until your entire closet is changed over.
This will help your closet look elegant and more spacious while maintaining the shape of your items.
2) Grab a black garbage bag, a white kitchen garbage bag and a few handled shopping bags that you have lying around the house. The black bag is for garbage (yes, it will be tossed today). The white one is going to be thrown in the donation bin on your way to work and the handled bags will be used to bring items to the Tailor, a local consignment shop or to give to a friend or sister.
3) With your black garbage bag, throw out anything that shouldn’t be in your closet. Dry cleaning plastics, wire hangers, broken anything…Garbage has no room in your new, dream closet. If you see items that are stained, have holes or are torn, they need to be tossed as well.
4) Remove anything that is out of season or that you won’t need for the next few months. If it’s in the middle of winter, the bathing suits can be stored somewhere else. If it’s July, the high boots can go in another closet or in storage. You don’t have to completely switch out your closet each season unless you don’t have the room for your in-season pieces. Remove items like over night bags and gym bags that take up room and can be stored elsewhere.
5) If we were doing a complete edit, we would remove everything from your closet, try on anything that wasn’t worn in the last 3 months, and go through each item to see what deserves to take up your precious space.
But since this is meant to be a quick, non-stressful event, I’m going to ask that you try on anything you haven’t worn in this or last season. If it doesn’t make you feel amazing, or if it’s something you wouldn’t buy now if you saw it in a shop, put it in either the donation bag or the consignment bag so someone else can get joy from it. You only want items in your wardrobe that bring you joy and make you feel confident and fabulous.
If your wardrobe is full of “average” items, you will feel “average” when you wear them. Our goal is to keep items that are flattering and that make you feel more confident and gorgeous.
Anything that is in good condition, but needs a little altering, goes in the Tailor bag. If it’s not worth investing to fix, toss it.
6) I know we didn’t remove everything, but as you decide to keep the items you love, start putting them back with similar pieces. Keep all your dresses together. Put blouses in one area and skirts in another. The best thing to do is arrange items to go from short to long, white to black. As you put things in this order it is easy to see what you have too much of and what you may need to add to you wardrobe.
If you hang up 30 white blouses, I think it’s safe to say that you don’t need to purchase any this season.
Fold as many items as you can. Most jeans, sweaters, T-shirts and work out apparel can be folded. There are many folding tricks that I can share with you later. We want room for all the items hanging to prevent from wrinkling and can be seen easily.
Oh and those T-shirts. How many did you decide to keep and how many do you really wear?
7) We got all the garbage and give-aways out of your beautiful closet. We need to get them out of the house ASAP so you don’t relapse and second-guess your decisions.
The black garbage bags go right outside to the garbage or in the dumpster.
The white donation bags go in your trunk or go for a ride and dump them in the donation bin.
The items for the Tailor go in your car so you can stop by on the way home from work on Monday.
The consignment items can go in your car so you can open up an account later today, or you can book a swap party with some friends to trade for some of their not-so-used items. I have 3 sisters; so passing on good items is never a problem.
The thing is, you want them out of your closet and house to remove the clutter so you can enjoy your new dream closet.
1) Invest in flat, felt hangers
2) Prep with 2 different garbage bags and some handled shopping bags
3) Remove the garbage
4) Store out of season items
5) Try on & EDIT (one of my fav. words)
6) Put “like” with “like” items
7) Get the garbage and handouts out…NOW!
So how does it look? This wasn’t a full edit where you removed every item…but that can be done on another day off since you cleared out some clutter.
You should be proud of yourself. You accomplished a lot with this task.
The items in your closet should serve you and help you create the image you want to project to the world. If you want to come off confident and successful and you live in leggings and old college T-shirts, your current style doesn’t match your image.
It’s much easier to evaluate what you own when you can see it hanging on display. No one gets dressed from the bottom of the pile. A clear and organized display of your wardrobe is the first step to using what you own.
Now that you’ve finished your main closet, you can move onto organizing your jewelry, your make-up or your underwear drawer. Getting rid of what doesn’t serve you is the first step. Then re-arrange so that you can see what you use so that getting ready for work in the morning isn’t stressful…it’s enjoyable.
Let me know how things worked out and what I can help you with.
I look forward to reading your comments.
In Self-love & Style