Guest Author - Helene Choi
Lots of women wonder why they have full closets but nothing to wear. Despite a full closet, if you struggle in putting together great outfits to wear, you probably need to clean and organize your wardrobe. While it seems like a chore, nothing is more wasteful than not getting the most out of clothing you already have in your closet. In the long run, you can save some money, time, and headaches by organizing your wardrobe before heading out on a shopping trip. Don't add to your closet frustrations by putting more clutter in your closet!
Sort & Assess - To start off, you'll need to assess and revisit every piece of clothing, handbag, and fashion accessory in your closet. Make three piles: keep, maybe, and discard. If an item of clothing looks great on you, fits well, and is still in good shape, put it in your keep pile. If you're not sure, go ahead and throw it in the maybe pile. If there are clothes in your closet that you don't wear, it should go in your discard pile.
Reality Check - If you're like most women, you'll end up with a bunch of items in your maybe pile. I call this step the "reality check" because you really need to be honest with yourself here so that you can move items into your keep & discard piles. The point here is not to throw away all your clothes. It's about letting go of things that don't work for you, even if it's new or pretty to look at.
So what if you love a blouse or dress in your closet? If it's faded or has irreparable damage, there is no sense in keeping it because you can't wear it. Also, think about your style. Do you simply like something in your closet, but you know it's not your style or doesn't fit well? Beautiful clothes are worthless if you can't wear it. Put simply: discard all things that are damaged, faded, ill-fitting, too small or large, or not your style. Cut your emotional ties with clothing. Let it go to another home where it can be enjoyed!
Rework Your Closet - The hardest part is over! You can now put some things back in your closet. Organize items by type, like blazers on one end, long sleeve shirts on the other end, etc. Organize it by color if you'd like. Hang your clothing on good hangers that work well for your clothes, and organize smaller items on shelves and open storage containers or baskets. Command(TM) hooks are excellent for the walls of your closet to hang scarves and handbags. This might mean spending a few extra bucks on new hangers and fashion organizers, but it is totally worth it to have a fresh start to keep your closet neat and in order for a long, long time.
Wardrobe Magic - And now for the fun part. Now that everything is organized and your closet is not so full, you can actually see the beautiful items you own and try to work them into stylish outfits. Pull pieces out and put them together to create a fabulous look. Pay attention to great pieces of clothing that you can't wear yet because you don't have anything else to wear it with. These are the items you should put on your shopping list. As well, look for holes in your wardrobe. Did you get rid of your black blazer because it was too worn out? Maybe you realized that you would wear more of your nice cardigans if you had more cami or tank tops to wear under them. Whatever it is, make a list of needs and go shopping!
When your closet is organized, you'll save money because you can pinpoint the items you need to buy and get use of every item in your closet. You'll save time because you love everything in your closet and they look amazing on you. The best part is you'll feel better because you always look great and feel confident in your appearance.
Don't forget to donate your undamaged clothing from the discard pile to a local charity, like Goodwill or a church organization. It's a great way to help yourself and the less fortunate women in your community.