Every season I like to buy some new fashion pieces to add to my wardrobe which means making room by organising my closet. I like to take a day, put on some music and get everything out of my wardrobe from clothes to shoes to bags and accessories and lay them out on my bed to see what I have including any hidden gems I’ve forgotten about! If you struggle for ways to organise your clothes or just need a spring clean follow my 6 Hot Tips to Organise Your Closet which you’ll find below…
1. Take everything out and clean it down
It’s like starting with a fresh blank canvas. Whatever size your space, taking time to clean it down and making sure the doors, shelves and rails are no longer grubby will make your wardrobe feel a very special place.
2. Try everything on and take pictures.
Not only is trying everything on a fun way to spend an afternoon but it will help you decide what pieces to keep or throw. Does it make you feel comfortable, sexy, frumpy? It can often help to take photos rather than just looking in a mirror to see yourself from different angles. Just like in Clueless. Cher was totally onto something there and wouldn’t ever have a disorganised closet would she? As if!
3. Keep. Repair. Trash. Donate.
Sort your clothes (and shoes and accessories) into four categories – Keep: for anything you wear regularly and sentimental pieces, Repair: for anything that’s seen better days that you can repair or alter, Trash: garments that are past their best and not worth keeping, e.g. where the fabric has gone ‘bobbly’ or white clothes that are ‘greying’, Donate: for all items that still have life in them and deserve a new home.
4. Group like items together
Keeping T-shirts together, skirts together, casual dresses together etc is beneficial so that you can see at a glance which pieces you have and can help to make a quick decision if you need to find an outfit last minute.
5. Organise by colour
Keeping like colours of the same type of item e.g. you may have 3 short sleeve black t-shirts, makes it easier to see what you have in your wardrobe and makes shopping easier in future. Having garments organised from black to white suits some people but personally I prefer to organise black, grey, white and then colours of the same garment type.
6. Put clothes in your closet the wrong way around
This one sounds crazy but is actually a genius tip which will help you to organise next season. Place all your garments on hangers and put them back onto the rails backwards so the hangers are ‘open’ towards you (the opposite of how you typically would). Then when you wear something place it back on the rail facing away from you. Next time you organise your wardrobe you’ll easily see which items you’ve worn and those which you haven’t.
If you’re stuck for fashion ideas or looking for a change this season you might find my Autumn Winter 2014 Fashion Trends blogpost useful.
Has this inspired you to clean out your closet? Which new pieces will you be picking up this season?
Thanks for Reading,