Have you looked in your closet lately? When was the last time you actually — *gulp* — cleaned it out?
If your closet looks kind of like mine right now with shoes covering the floor…..clothing hung haphazardly (honestly – it’s probably not hung at all)…..purses strewn about….belts, ties and scarves threatening to choke-hold you anytime you get near the closet door….then you need this guide, probably yesterday. #whoops
Happy #fashionwednesday! It’s a new year – which means its time to clean out those closets and get organized for the year. I’m taking this week to sweep out the old and bring in the new (because Christmas was good to me and I need to find spaces for all my new shoes). It’s super important to keep yourself clean and organized so you have time to worry about more important things. I find that I work better, am happier and all around less stressed when my home is clean and organized. Here is The Ultimate Closet-Organizing Guide For The New Year!
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Odds are you have a ton of clothes wasting space in your closet right now. They’re either too old (I’m looking at you, top-I-wore-as-a-senior-in-high-school), too small, too big, out of date, etc. The list goes on and on when it comes to why it shouldn’t be in your closet – but the point is, if it doesn’t make you feel 100% confident like to boss woman you are, then it’s time to toss it. Let’s dive into this.
If you need some help looking for the right way to organize your closet, Pinterest should be your first stop. Find out what kind of organization style works for you and see how those people are organizing their closets and making their lives easier and less stressed. Create a new closet organization board and get pinning.
It’s important that you have things in place to help you organize. Start with some space saving bags to put away out of season clothing so you can see what you are working with right now. If you don’t have any shelves, consider putting in some shelves (or temporary shelves if you can’t put holes in your wall). Grab some bins to put on the top shelves to hold other, smaller items and consider getting a shoe rack if you have the same problem I do (hello, too many beautiful wonderful shoes). Consider replacing your hangers for thinner, sleeker designs meant for space saving and potentially invest in tie or scarf racks to hang those items.
Go into this with the idea that you are going to dedicate a solid few hours to making your closet the space of your dreams. Know this ahead of time and plan for: short breaks, snacks and hydration. Don’t get frustrated or upset when you have a large pile of clothes that have to go. Think of it as making room for newer, more YOU items.
While you go through your clothing and shoes, ask yourself this one simple question: does it serve you RIGHT NOW? If it doesn’t, it’s time to go. Think on these additional questions, too: Does it fit me RIGHT NOW? Not some ideal version of myself — does it flatter and fit you right this very second? Do you feel confident in that? Does it bring you joy to pull this out of the closet? If the answer is no to any of those – it’s time to, as Elsa aptly puts it, let it go.
There are always organizations that could use your gently used clothing – just because it didn’t serve you, doesn’t mean it can’t serve someone else in need. If it is still in good shape, consider donating. While I’m sure many of your clothes fit the gently used description, you know there are some that don’t. That holey tee that you keep meaning to patch, the jeans with the button missing, the weird run in your favorite leggings….trash ’em. Any clothing with obvious (non-manufactured) defects need to be let go. They had a great life, but it’s time to bin them. The other pile is obviously your keep pile. When you put these clothes on, they should make you feel strong and fabulous. Go back to those questions above and continuously ask them to yourself to ensure you only keep the clothes you look best in.
I choose to organize by season, and then by color. I put away my off season clothing and then organize my current season by appropriate color, and then by sleeve length within each color (more of this during the summer – I don’t really have varying sleeve lengths in the fall and winter. It’s most all long sleeves). It makes sense to keep your closet organized by the way you see best, so decide how you prefer to do it and DO IT. I love doing it by color because it makes me feel like I can choose what speaks to me instead of digging through tops to find one I really like.
If you can’t see it, you aren’t going to wear it. It’s the truth. Out of sight, out of mind has never rung more true than when it comes to clothing. Think about it — you probably keep about 3 or 4 pairs of shoes out where you can see them and you wear them all the time. What about that cute pair in the back you can’t really see? Do you ever think to pair it with your current outfits? Probably not. That’s why it’s best to organize what you have in an easily visible and accessible way. I leave my shoes in their shoes tree by season – if I can’t wear them right now, they get put in a box. That ensures room for all my in-season shoes and allows me to see everything at a glance.
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Organization doesn’t have to make you pull your hair out – I promise. I am a firm believer in easy and concise organization because I believe to key to a happy home is a clean and organized one. When everything has a place, you don’t have to look for things. They’re right where they belong.
Are you planning on doing a closet clean out any time soon? Let me know in the comments below if you found this Closet-Organizing Guide helpful!!