Ready for a clean closet? See our 9 tips for closet nirvana!
What to Keep for Another Year (or more!)
- Wardrobe Basics: These include your best winter jacket, favorite blazer and high-quality staples.
- Event Dressing: Sure, special occasions don’t happen all the time, but you should always have a stunning LBD or pantsuit that fits you like a glove.
- On-trend Items: These are the fun pieces that give your wardrobe personality and help bring your basics to life.
- Investment Splurges: We all have one (or maybe two or three!) pieces we’ve splurged on. Whether it’s the shoes you impulse bought or the leather jacket you purchased post-promotion, keep your confidence-boosting items handy.
- Story-filled Sentimentals: These include your grandma’s ring or the coat you bought with your first real paycheck—they’ll always be in style and come with a great story, too.
What To Say Goodbye To (Nicely)
- Anything With Tags: If you haven’t worn it in the past 6 months, you probably won’t. Donate or sell it!
- Dump Your Dupes: Unless it’s a major staple piece or part of your uniform, you don’t need 5 of the same thing in your closet.
- Ill-fitting Items: As hard is it is to part with something that no longer fits, it’s ok! It’s better to feel great in your clothes than to feel uncomfortable. Send it to your donation pile.
- Well-Loved Pieces: If your favorite T-shirt has seen better days, it’s time to toss it. As a rule of thumb, only donate things that are in good condition.
But, if you need a little more help in figuring out what to keep or toss, follow this flow chart to get your closet sorted!
Now it’s time to organize! How you put your closet back together is just as important as the initial cleanse, so use these 5 tips to keep you on track.
Update your closet organization and invest in slim, non-slip hangers for your tops, bottoms, and coats. Then, arrange everything so they face the same direction. This not only saves space, it gives you an overview of what you have. Bonus points for giving your wardrobe a clean, color-focused look that’s 100% Instagrammable.
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Divide your clothes into categories to save you time when you’re getting ready. First separate by type (layering tanks, tops by sleeve length, skirts, shorts, pants, dresses, sweaters, and coats) and then by color (light to dark). Excessive? It’s not! Put in the extra effort to save time in the long run.
Only hang items you’ll be wearing in the next 2 months. Then, store out-of-season extras in separate, clearly marked storage bins or boxes, by season. Then, if you’re going on a trip or vacation with a different climate, it’s easy to locate exactly what you’re looking for.
Optimize the use of your closet by going vertical. By adding shelves (hanging or permanent) or cubbies you capitalize on the room you have. Don’t get crazy until you’ve taken a full inventory of your wardrobe—you don’t want to overspend on storage if you can cleanse yourself to closet nirvana (ie: extra space!).
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If you find you can’t quite hang everything (wishful thinking!), make sure that you spend some time schooling yourself in the art of folding. To keep your dressers and shelves organized throughout the year, learn how to fold for optimum space-saving—it really makes all the difference.
How are you keeping your closet in shape? Tell us!