New year, new closet! Spring cleaning has come early this year! Start the year off right with a fresh take on your closet organization.
Cull the Closet
Are you surprised that the first step is to purge? Of course, you’re not! You have to cull the clutter before you can create the closet of your dreams. If you haven’t worn it in the last 6 months to 1 year it’s time to say goodbye. Even if it’s a piece that still has a lot of life left in it, if it doesn’t give you joy to wear it, pass it on to someone else.
Cincy Chic has these tips for getting started.
Start by taking all the clothing items out of your closet that you havent worn in the last month. Try on each piece of clothing and ask yourself a few questions:
- Does it fit?
- Is it flattering?
- Does it fit your life style?
- Does it need repaired or tailored?
Answering these questions will help you decide what to keep and what needs to go! No need to hold on to those clothes that might fit you someday. Let’s be honest, when someday rolls around you are going to want to go on a shopping spree!
Did you know there are only 7 days in a week? It’s true! Which means you can easily take your t-shirt collection down to about 10 shirts. Do you really need more than that?
Have a few (or 20) shirts you can’t stand to part with? Keep the ones you wear in the closet and store the t-shirts full of memories somewhere else. Or, if you have a crafty bone in your body, turn those logos into a super cute t-shirt quilt!
Get in Groups
When you are ready to decide what goes where, it really helps to get your items into groups. Hello Beautiful quotes the amazing Marie Kondo on the subject of categorization.
In “The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up”, author Marie Kondo advises readers to remove clothing from every closet, drawer and laundry basket in the home and sort the items into categories: tank tops/camisoles, t-shirts, blouses, sweaters/cardigans, blazers, jackets, coats, pants, jeans, skirt, and shorts.
And if you have 18 VW bus shirts, by all means group those as well (and then perhaps purge, just sayin)!
Once you have items in groups you can do one last pass through to see if there are any other items that can be donated. Now it’s time to think about what will go where.
Use Your Space
Once your closet is empty it’s much easier to see the space you have and decide how best to use it. Don’t simply fall back on old habits. Think about what makes the most sense for the space you have.
Place the items you use most often in the most accessible space. Decide what items would work on the shelves, and what needs to hang. Do you have empty space on the walls? Add some hooks for more versatile storage. Be thoughtful about every item you bring back into the closet.
Don’t forget about the space down low. Your shoes have to go somewhere! Who What Wear reminds you to keep your shoes visible.
This one is simple: if you can’t see it, you won’t wear it. If you hide your shoes toward the back of your closet, you will continue to wear the same pairs over and over again. Even out the playing field and show yourself all of your options.
Say Yes to a New Closet this New Year
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