Spring Cleaning: Organizing Your Closet


Today is officially the first day of spring and you know what that means?  It’s time for spring-cleaning!  When we were kids, it was that dreaded day where our moms made us clean the entire house from top to bottom.  But now it’s your house and you suddenly see its purpose and feel the excitement of a fresh start.  Organizing your closet can be a daunting task, but if you just remember that it has to get worse before it gets better, you’ll be fine.  I know we can get very attached to our clothes, but it’s okay to let them go and start over.  A clean and organized closet is really a girl’s best friend.  It makes getting ready for work, a night out on the town, or just weekend errands so much easier.  Do you often pin pictures of organized closets on Pinterest?  It doesn’t have to be a fantasy anymore.  I’ve broken down easy tips for getting your closet looking like a million bucks so trying to figure out what to wear has never been so simple!

Step 1: Set the Mood

The best way to be productive while taking on this monstrous task is to make sure your environment is set up to make it a fun experience.  Make a new a playlist on your iTunes or put your favorite dance party song on Pandora and see what plays next.  Get in comfy clothes and make sure your bed is made; it will be easier to see what you’re working on if you have a clean surface in the first place.

 Step 2: Start off Organized While Cleaning

Get three boxes and mark them: keep, tailor/cobbler, and Goodwill.  Piles on the floor are fine, but by starting off with boxes, you won’t mix up your favorite LBD with a similar one that you’re getting rid of.  Trust me, it’s devastating when you make that mistake!  Don’t skip steps while organizing these boxes.  Which clothes need to be tailored or what shoes need to be fixed?  Don’t just say, “I’ll take care of this later” because you’ll forget and next time you want to wear it, you won’t be able to.  Tailoring your clothes is the perfect way to look polished and stylish as you don’t want something that doesn’t fit you properly.  If there’s a way to fix it, do it!

Step 3: How to decide what to keep and what to get rid of

First things first, try everything on and look at the garment from all angles.  When deciding whether to keep or donate items, ask yourself these questions:

–       Is it flattering to your shape?

–       Is it in good condition (pilled, discolored, damaged)?

–       Can you pair it with 3 other items in your closet?

–       How often have you worn it in the past 6-8 months?

Once you’ve asked these questions, tidying up your closet will be a breeze.  My motto is that if you haven’t worn an item in a year, and you can’t find a new way to wear it, it goes!  Now, we are all guilty of impulse shopping and holding on to nostalgic things,  but clothes were meant to be worn, not collect dust.  An important thing to consider is why don’t you wear this?  Do you always want to but never know how?  If you’ve ever felt this way, then I’ve got the solution for you!  Get your favorite staples out and start playing with ways to style the questionable items.  Go to Pinterest, magazines, or this blog (wink, wink) for inspiration.  Once you’ve made at least three new outfits, take pictures so you remember them!  If for some reason you don’t own the perfect piece to complete your new look, now you know exactly what to shop for!  Can’t find a new way to wear it?  Donate it to Goodwill and let someone else give it a go.

Step 4: Upgrade Your Closet Accessories

Throw out all plastic and wire hangers!  It’s time to spend the money to make sure your clothes are resting safely.  You don’t want to be victim to rust lines on your favorite white blouse or stretched out necklines.  Strong wood hangers or velvet ones will do just fine.  Also storage containers are very helpful for keeping your accessories like bags, shoes, and scarves, neat and tidy.  If you want a tip for keeping your boots from falling over, stuff old magazines in them and they’ll stay straight and keep their shape.

 Step 5: I Have How Many Blazers?

Another problem is too much of one thing.  When you start inspecting your closet, you may find that you purchase the same piece over and over.  For me, it’s black blazers.  I have at least 10!  Look at each one and see what makes them unique and what you love wearing them with.  If you can’t find what makes it unique then chances are you don’t need all of them.

Step 6: Finishing touch

Once you’ve decided what to keep and get rid of, the last thing you want to do is to just shove everything back into the closet.  Find a system that works for you.  I always break my clothes up by style.  You shouldn’t have a cardigan mixed in between a skirt and dress.  Secondly, I color code.  When doing this, the closet brightens up, and it’s easier to see what you have, and it looks more polished.

Just remember that everything in your closet should make you feel amazing!  If you have any questions about styling tips, purging, or restocking, ask below.  I’m always happy to help out!


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