I received an email a couple weeks ago asking me how I organize my closet and what are some of my tips/motto for cleaning out and getting rid of clothes.
Since it's spring and that means spring cleaning, this email couldn't have worked out better.
I did my closet "clean out" a few months ago and it was fast and easy so I'm excited to share my tips with you!
Ok here we go!
1. Start in sections:
I first start with pants, then blouses, shirts, shorts, dresses/skirts, work out clothing, and then pajamas. (This is how I have my clothing organized in my closet as well so keep that in mind)
2. Sort the clothing into piles: What I wear regularly, often, and not at all.
During this step I usually try on EACH item of clothing. I do this because I want to make sure it still fits, that I like the shape/style, and if it's becoming worn out or out of date. This helps me decide what to keep and what to toss.
*if it has stains, holes, stretched out, or too small it's time to toss
3. Deciding what to keep and what to toss:
-My motto is...if I haven't worn it at least 5 times, I'm not going to miss it.
-I ask myself honestly will I wear this item! No eh's or maybes, if its not a yes...then it's time to go.
-If I don't feel 100% comfortable in the item I'm never going to wear it. Honestly! Isn't that the truth?! If you don't feel good or comfortable in that shirt or those pants, you may put them on but 20 min later your going to be changing back into your "go to" pants, or putting on a different shirt that you feel better in. I do this when I'm SHOPPING too. If I don't feel 100% confident and comfortable I don't buy, because you will never wear it again. You will be fidgeting and adjusting all night and then when you get home you will toss it to the back of the closet!
-IF you've had something for over 7 years....it's probably time to toss. Jeans I will make an exception (but if they have holes or are stretched out...toss them). I say 7 years because that's a good amount of time, you've gotten your money's worth. Styles change, your BODY changes, your comfort level changes, and your lifestyle changes. No need to hang on to things for that long!
4. Organizing the Closet:
Like I said I have all of my clothing into sections. So my pants all go together, shorts, shirts, blouses, dresses, etc.
-I hang as MUCH as I can: I am a visual person I like to see what I own so I will wear it!
-I COLOR coordinate my clothing starting from light (white) to dark (black) and then I organize within the color sections so I start with all the sleeveless items, short sleeve, to long sleeve.
( I know this sounds like a lot but it really is so easy and it's SO easy on the eyes for when you get dressed! You know right where your white short sleeve shirt is, etc!)
-On your eye level shelves I like to put t-shirts (color coordinated), then Levis/pants
-On my lower shelves I do shorts, skirts
-And then on the lowest shelves or in drawers I do: work out clothes, pajamas/lounge pants
- On the highest shelves or storage area I put my bulky sweatshirts, sweaters, or items I wear SEASONALY!
5. Lastly, Hang all the Loose Ends
I like to hang all of my belts, scarves, necklaces and hats.
Get them up off the floor, or out of drawers so you can see what you have so you will wear them! I use a towel/coat rack that goes of the back of my closet door that I hang all of those items on.
When things are in my face I'm more likely to wear them.
If you have any more questions please leave them in the comment section!
Happy cleaning! It's fun honestly :)