This week we are moving into our closets. Having an unorganized closet was a common space that readers said they needed help with during the most recent survey.
I’m really excited to be on this topic this week. I think having an organized closet can really make a big difference. Women tend to have more self-esteem issues than men. I believe every woman should love themselves and be confident in their own skin. As silly as it may sound, having clothes you love will give you more confidence.
Have you heard of the 80/20 rule? This concept totally applies to clothes too, we wear 20% of our clothes 80% of the time. That’s why it’s important to keep only what you love so the clothes in the closet aren’t just taking up space.
I’m not a fashion-forward person, both of my sisters are. When I purge through my closet, I Facetime with them so they can help me get rid of what’s dated. If you have a fashion friend or family member, have them help you with this process.
Here’s how to get your closet organized:
- Empty out your closet completely. Take every single piece of clothing out of there and off the hanger. Put it all in one big pile. Using your bed is a good place. The floor works too but I think the bed makes it easier.
- Create two separate piles. One pile is “keep” and the other is “donate”.
- Pick up each individual item and ask yourself “Do I love this piece of clothing?” Physically touching every piece of clothing forces you to make a connection with it. Stay in tune with your emotions during this process and listen to them. It can be easy to cheat during this process because you could really say you love every item of clothing. Here are some tips to help you decide what to keep and what to toss:
- Do you feel your best self when you wear it? If you don’t, get rid of it.
- When was the last time you wore it? If it’s been a year or more, get rid of it.
- If there are any holes, get rid of it.
- If there are any buttons missing, get rid of it. If you haven’t fixed it now, it’s not getting fixed.
- If it doesn’t fit, get rid of it.
- Immediately take the donate pile out of your room. Put it in the trunk of your car or your garage, somewhere where you won’t be tempted to dig back into the bag. If you are feeling really ambitious, drive it straight to Goodwill or starting selling items online. Thred Up, Facebook Groups, and eBay are great places to sell used clothing.
- Start sorting through you keep pile. Create categories by the type of item you are sorting, for example:
- Start color coding each category. Go through each category and start arranging them by color, organize like the rainbow (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, violet, brown, black, white) Put each item on a hanger. If you have a mix of hangers that are plastic or wire, get rid of them. Use felt or wooden hangers.
- Put your closet back together starting with the top hanging rack. The top rack should include all of your shirts, blouses, cardigans, etc. The bottom rack should include your pants, skirts, jeans, etc.
If you have shelves in your closet, use them to store the following:
- Sweaters (these are typically seasonal and are easier to change out when spring/summer arrive).
If you store your shoes in your closet and don’t have a shelf for them, get a shoe organizer. Use sturdy and stable organizers (not plastic or cloth ones).
Depending on the size of your closet, allow for anywhere between two to four hours to get your closet organized. Make sure to have your favorite tunes handy to keep you going when you hit a rut.
Recap: Only keep what you love and color coordinates your closet.