My favourite moment with any organizing client is truly when I hear words along the lines, “I fortgot I even had those! Why did I buy this shirt/blouse/vest again?”
So let me ask you – do you know what is currently living in your closet (or should I say hiding?) If not, how does that effect your quality of life? How much time do you waste each morning fiddling with your wardrobe? How often are you late getting out the door – because you’ve discovered that a garment you adore has become unwearable or is stained, or worse you’ve totally misplaced an item of clothing in the midst of your fashion clutter?
A bad start leads to a bad day – son one of the most positively impactful changes you can make to your environment is to getting your clothes storage in order in the following 4 simple steps:
FIRST STEP – Sorting
The first step ist to make sure that every bit of your clothing serves a purpose in your life. That are big words, so let me explain what I mean by that: Each skirt, blouse, dress etc. you own you actually wear to work, to your dance lesson, privately during your down-time etc. Make sure each clothing item deserves to be taken up valueable space in your home.
That is hard for you? Then for sure the answers to the following questions help sort that out:
- When was the last time that item touched your amazing body?
- Does it still fit?
- If no, are you truly willing to do what it takes to loose those extra pounds (we all know what it takes ladies, let’s be honest here.)
- How does it make you feel wearing those garments?
Here come the hard facts – If you have not worn it in the last 12 months (or around that mark), if it is more than 1 size too small (or too big), it’s uncomfortable or out of style (we do change our taste), if you don’t admire yourself wearing it – guess what? – that’s right: LOSE IT!
SECOND STEP – Categorizing
Now we need some way to subdivide what is left – breaking your clothing into meaningful categories so you can easily find what you are looking for. Unless you have an extra dressing room, it is a great idea to store your summer/spring clothes separately from your fall/winter clothes and have the “off-season” migrate to a different location, for example your basement. Clear sealable IKEA Plastic Boxes are great for that.
Another way to sort is according to purpose (formal or casual), gender (men’s or women’s), type (shirts, pants or dresses), style (short-sleeve or long-sleeve) and / or color (rainbow or light to dark). You can crown your work of this step by visually separating clothes using rod dividers, or giving each subcategory it’s own shelf / drawer / section of the closet.
THIRD STEP – Sorting OUT and Errands
I am a firm believer in customizing each system to its user’s needs, lifestyle and personality. Only then it’s fun, a true joy and easy to maintain for you. I have only very few hard-and-fast rules about how to create order. This ONE rule I have: Hang nothing (I mean NOTHING) in your closet or put in your chest of drawers that is not currently wearable!
The reason should be obvious – the last thing you want when putting the outfit for the day together is to fall over jackets that don’t fit, pants that need hemming, ties or scarfs covered in stains, or shirts that don’t match anything you own.
Have a few baskets or cardboard-boxes on the floor and have them quickly labeled (for example use a simple sheet of paper) with donate, laundry, dry cleaning, mending / alteration and have your phone ready set up with a list (or on paper) where you list all the items that REALLY need to be bought (aka replaced or added to, so they are functional again).
If you cannot walk out the door wearing it TODAY, it goes in one of those baskets or boxes!The content of those boxes go straight out of the house after you are finished:
- Donate – trunk of your car (to drop them asap at the shelter, clothing box, church)
- Laundry – Washing machine
- Dry-cleaner – in a bag by the door, so when you go downtown next morning you can swing by the dry cleaner
- Mending / alteration – another bag by the door for the day after tomorrow or next Saturday morning so you can swing by the tailor to have it done.
NO EXCUSES and NO OTHER PLACE IN YOUR HOME! They get forgotten and built up clutter in another part of your home. I promise!
FOURTH STEP – Accessories
You have more to your closet than you think and also more space. Just look up, down and all around.
Use your wall-space, doors and closet bar. There are many different versions on the market, allowing you to hang just about anything – belts, scarfs, hats, bags, even jewellery or shoes. Those solutions keep them protected, aired out and visible – while saving precious horizontal space for other items.
If you possess mostly foldables, like T-shirts, cardigans, sweaters and you have no chest of drawers, then install some open bins or those cool sliding drawer systems in your closet for easy access.
You have now officially an organized closet that truly fits you!
You want to share your successes or need more guidance / support by me or my fabulous tribe (All warm, vibrant and loving women sharing into the same journey as you), then I invite you into my private Facebook group.
What is your struggle with your closet? Do you feel inspired to take action now? Want me to hop on quick Starters Call, just send me an email and let me know. I always love to hear your stories, cheer you on and give you the tip that moves you forward.