The master closet is often the fallback for storing extra junk. But this space should be YOURS, with only the items you use to get ready for the day. Here are some tips to de-clutter your closet.
1. Remove any item from your closet that is not wardrobe-related. Mementos, books, holiday decorations – these should all have a place elsewhere in your home. The closet is for YOU!
2. Take everything – yes everything – out of your closet. Have the mindset that your closet is the Hamptons and only the best-of-the-best is allowed back in.
3. Take time to clean your closet. Wipe down the shelves with at least a dust rag, vacuum the floor, give it a fresh coat of paint. All of these things will make storing and displaying your wardrobe more pleasant.
4. Prepare boxes or bags labelled “Donate” “Trash” and “Repair.” Items that are in decent shape go in the Donate, items stained or beyond repair in the Trash and any items that you want to keep but need a button, hem or zipper go in the Repair.
5. Sort through everything you pulled from your closet. Be ruthless here – sometimes it’s helpful to have an honest friend help you. Ask these questions: Have I worn it in the last year? Does it fit? Is it in good shape (color isn’t faded, no broken zippers or missing buttons, etc.)? Does it make me feel good about myself? Again, be completely honest!
5. Take the Donate and Trash boxes directly to the thrift store and garbage respectively so you can’t second guess.
6. Put what remains back in your closet. As you do so, take the time to organize your wardrobe. This helps you see exactly what you have and will keep you from buying duplicates. Some ways to organize:
Shirts/blouses: Organize by color then sleeve length for a more organized look or by sleeve length then color to keep like items together.
Pants: Same goes for pants. Sort either by leg length then color or vice versa. Again, sorting by color first gives your closet a more organized look because all items of the same hue are in one place.
Shoes: Shoes are tough because there are a lot of options. We suggest sorting by type (wedge, pump, boot etc.), color and heel height. You can also sort by function like work shoes, evening shoes, everyday shoes, but certain pairs tend to cross over (work shoes can be carried into evening, for example.) Do what works best and makes the most sense to you.
Jewelry: Keeping jewelry organized is important because it keeps your baubles from getting tangled or damaged. Use jewelry drawer dividers, hooks for your long necklaces or hanging canvas organizers and sort by type of piece then by color or style.
Undergarments: If space allows, we suggest sorting your undergarments by type and color. Keep gym socks separate from trouser socks, strapless bras from everyday bras, and briefs separate from boy shorts.
7. Relish in your new organized bliss. Try putting together outfits and be amazed at how easy it was to find your favorite items!
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