We can easily become confused when we have too many clothes stuffed in our closet, so editing is key. Enlist a friend whose style you admire to go through your closet and help you decide what to use and what to lose. Let go of pieces that are outdated, the wrong size or unflattering for your skin tone and body type. Imagine your closet as the perfectly edited boutique where every item fits and flatters just you.
Don’t get hung up on items you know shouldn’t be hanging in your closet anymore. Think of fresh new ways to work them into your life, like making an oversized caftan into a pillowcase, or simply get rid of them. Make a “maybe” pile of things you might be able to re-work with minor alterations or update with new items. For instance, a midi skirt can take on a second life with a little hemming. Or crop an outdated jacket for a modern take. Epaulettes can become belt loops even!
Once you have edited down your closet, it’s time for the fun part – make a list of new items you need to complete your wardrobe. Have an event coming up? Need more clothes that work for day or night? Head to the stores with a list of what you really need and start shopping! You will buy much less than you would in the past. Smarter choices = smarter style.
Now that you have the clothes you love, here’s how to organize your closet using a few basic tips:
Organize your closet by category and color so you can see exactly what you have. Once you do, you’ll become inspired and find new ways of putting different pieces together and creating new outfits.
Women don’t run out of clothes, they run out of ideas. You might be surprised to find that the more organized your closet is, typically the more organized your life will be. Set your closet up like a mini boutique.
If you can’t SEE those shoes or that top, you’ll forget about it. Remember, out of site, out of mind.
If you don’t have a lot of room in your closet, think about using boxes and containers with pictures of the item(s) on the front of the container.
Investing in matching space-saving hangers will really make you smile when opening your closet door.
Try finding items in your household you may no longer use as organizers. For instance, wrap your belts around an old vase, use a candlestick to organize bracelets or hang your jewelry in a way that showcases each piece and helps you remember it’s there. Put them together in a way that inspires you to create new looks.