Organize Your Closet
Do you want to organize
your closet? Need wardrobe help? Look
in your wardrobe and what do you see. A wardrobe full of clothes and
to wear? If you answered yes to any of these questions then you might
be due for a wardrobe makeover.
Many women say "I have nothing to wear" and then go
out and buy more clothes. How much money is sitting in your wardrobe
wasted on items you never wear? Eventually your wardrobe becomes
so cluttered that you forget what you have in there and you end up
buying multiples of the same type of
So what do you find in a cluttered robe. Clothes that don’t fit.
Old favorites or wardrobe staples that are falling to bits
that you dare not throw out. Clothes that are out of
season. Impulse buys. Clothes that you’ve had for years that have been
worn once or
not at all. Clothes that have
sentimental value and are now out of fashion, and
the small percentage of clothes that you wear every day.
Are you an 80/20 statistic? You wear 20 percent of your
clothes 80 percent
of the time.
For so many reasons you end up with clothing invaders in your closet
sit there stealing space and money. All which could
be put to better use with better clothes that could
you look and feel great today.
If you organize your closet you will be able to spend less money, buy
fewer clothes and have more to wear. Having a neat, organized closet
simplifies your life, making it easier
to get dressed every morning.
Are you ready to move on? It's time to organize your closet so you
can work out what to keep and what to toss, based on style,
fit, color and wardrobe versatility. Keep what works and purge what
doesn’t. So get organized and clear the clutter with these
ideas and methods.
Your Wardrobe Audit
How To Organize Your Closet - DIY Style
Firstly arm your self with 2 or 3 good friends that you trust. They
will be your wardrobe help to organize your closet. Ask
them How do I look? What do you think is my style?
you never want to see me in again? You will be very surprised to
hear what they have to say about your dress and style habits.
Second get 4 boxes or some garbage bags and label them in one
these 4 categories:
- Items that are tired, outdated, ripped
or stained. That you
or sell - Items you no
longer want that are still in decent
- Items that fit and flatter your body shape and your
what you loved many
years ago, wish to love or was an expensive purchase.
/ Alter - It be fixed or
altered and still be a great
garment. The only caveat is that you actually intend to repair it soon.
And Finally Culling Time:
This is where your friends come in handy in helping
you organize your closet.. As your wardrobe
help they will harden your
resolve and won't be emotionally involved. They will be
confirm or persuade you to get rid of those outfits that are well past
their used by date, fit and style.
at each garment individually. Assess and decide which of the 4
categories you will place each piece of clothing in and start culling.
To Help You
Organize Your Closet:
- Think of your closet as a boutique that
you shop at every day.
- Ask your self these questions for each garment.
Is it age appropriate?
What does this garment say about me?
Would I buy it if I saw it in a shop?
- To help you organize your closet ask your friends
What does this garment say about me?
How do i look in it?
Would you never want to see me in this again?
- Live in the present. Consider potential use, rather than
past, when deciding what to keep. If
you have not worn it at least once in the past year, odds are you will
never wear it again. If your weeding process in your wardrobe
audit results in a small discard
pile, you probably were not ruthless enough.
- Consider when you bought the garment. If it screams a
decade at you
(that isn’t the
one or isn't a great vintage piece ), then it’s had its day. Time to
- If it’s more
than 5 years old, out of fashion, looks dated or makes you
look old. Then trash, donate or sell it. Look at the details
in the collars, pockets and buttons
for clues that date a garment.
- Is it too small and you’re hoping to lose weight?
on to your
"skinny clothes" until you lose a few pounds, donate or sell
them. When you
get down to your goal weight, you’ll be so proud of yourself
you’ll want to treat yourself to something new to wear, not
stuff that’s been in your wardrobe for ages.
- If you are sitting on the fence about an item, keep it and
hanger. If you wear it, remove the flag. If in a year or at the end of
you still haven’t
worn it, get rid of it . If it's in good condition or if you
paid a lot for it, think about
selling it at a consignment store or online on
- Not sure if it still fits. Try it on. Check if the sleeves
and hems are
the right length. Not too short. If you can't alter it. Get
rid of it. If It pretty much fits,
but the waist is too big, hips are baggy or hems are
too long, if
everything else about the garment works or is great. Get it
- Does it go with other
clothes you own? Look at the color, style and shape. Can you
few different outfits from it. If you can’t
with other clothes or the color is wrong. Get rid of it.
Putting It Back Together
Once you have determined
which clothes you are going to keep, you are
ready to put them back into your closet. The best way to organize your
closet is to:
- Keep clothes together by category. Put them in order of
type of clothes. Keep jeans hung together, dresses together,
together and dress shirts together. This will make finding clothes
so much easier when you’re going to get dressed.
- Assign specific drawers by category.
For example, t-shirts, sweaters, lounge clothes, or pajamas.
- Arranging clothes by the same color is
also helpful and time-saving.
Take your bags of
clothes (don't forget to do your shoes as well). Trash, donate and sell
the rest as soon as you can so you’re not
tempted to dig out old items. Whatever you sell use the
proceeds to build your new wardrobe.
As part of your wardobe makeover make a
list of clothing that you need to buy like the favorite jersey
jumper you've worn to death but don’t want to
throw out because it’s a wardrobe staple. Put it on your shopping
list and go out and get a new great jumper. You deserve it.
Wardrobe Makeover tips
Space and Layout
Once you have completed
your wardrobe audit and whittled
down your wardrobe. It's time to assess the
layout of your closet. Measure and optimize the space you have, use
backs of doors, floor space, and interior walls. When you
go to shop for boxes, bins, and other space-savers, make sure
you have your closet measurements in hand.
Use every square inch of your closet. Hang shoe racks on the back of
your closet door.
If you are keeping your shoe boxes, label what is inside
or buy clear shoe boxes with
drawer-front pulls. They allow you to see what's inside so you can
easily access your shoes.
Classic belt hangers with multiple hooks are also a
good solution for hanging bras and scarves.
Leave about 15
percent of the space free for future clothing purchases.
Invest in the right kind of hanger for the type of clothing you are
Get rid of wire hangers. They simply don't properly support your
Use padded hangers instead for items made from delicate fabrics
plastic hangers for button-down shirts, and sturdy wood hangers for
suit jackets as they help retain the shape of the items.
Having hangers in just one style and color will instantly give your
wardrobe a more neat and orderly appearance.
Don't Sweat It
Remove sweaters from hangers and fold them. Hangers will just
the shape of them over time.
Store them on shelves in manageable-sized stacks to keep them from
turning into leaning towers of Pisa or toppling over. Sort your
T-shirts, and other folded clothing by color and sleeve
Keeping It Tidy
Keep items you use frequently at eye level or below and items you
rarely use higher up. Labeled boxes are good for storing things like
bathing suits or turtlenecks because you can rotate them higher or
lower in your closet depending on the season.
If items that you frequently use are hard to get
to you'll find it's a bother to put things away properly.
Keeping neat is
as important as getting neat in the first place.
Organize Your Closet
To organize your closet can be a fun task especially if you can enlist
your girlfriends as wardrobe help. Not only will it be a great fashion
learning curve you will feel cleansed, renewed and
free of clutter.
Wardobe makeover done? You are now in a position to build an
with the right building
blocks where you can replace the missing pieces that will compliment
your new wardrobe, your
. Then look at
getting adventurous to
accentuate and add flair to your own style.
what are you waiting for? Go Ahead. Organize your closet. Call
your girlfriends, tell them your doing a wardrobe makeover and that
have free gifts for them, it will be the fastest and
easiest way to clear the clutter from your closet.