Have you ever stared at your closet, full of clothing, feeling uninspired, with the nagging feeling in your head of “I have NOTHING to wear!” Who hasn’t right? This question, which can leave you wearing the same pieces over and over again, or take up precious time of your morning routine, can be answered with some great closet tips from our stylists. Let us help you take the hassle out of your am hustle, and bring life to your wardrobe!
Recently, our team has become obsessed with “Tidying Up”, the Netflix series by organization guru Marie Kondo. Based on her best-selling book “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up”, she helps families purge their homes and creates an organized system for all of their posessions. A few of our stylists became inspired after watching and decided to use her methods to tackle their closets and beyond! We highly recommend checking it out if you need some inspiration to get started!
Purging your closet can seem like a daunting task, but so worth the effort in the end. When you’re ready to dive in, we suggest having separate piles to organize your clothing – Keep, Donate, Toss. Toss items that are damaged beyond repair. Donate items that no longer fit your frame or your lifestyle. Keep clothing that fits you well at the size you are now, that you love and wear often, or hold sentimental value.
Once you have your piles sorted, hang all your Keeps back up in your closet. Fold bulky sweaters or items that the hanger might damage, like open or fine knits. Use pant hangers to display your pants, jeans and skirts – or fold in stacked piles. Being able to see as much as you can of your wardrobe helps keep inspiration fresh and avoids forgetting about pieces and buying multiples.
A trick for keeping track how many wears an item gets is to turn each hanger after you’ve worn it. If in the next 6 months, when it comes time to do a purge again, the hanger on an item isn’t turned, that will be a good indicator for you as to how much use you get out of it. Save sentimental or special occasion items, a good rule of thumb is to donate if you haven’t worn it in the last 6 months. This keeps your closet fresh and useful and free of clutter!
Now that your closet is clean and full of pieces that fit and bring you joy, let’s create some outfit inspo! A fun way to spend an afternoon with no to do lists is to create outfits within your wardrobe. Take pictures of yourself in them to refer back to when you need a refresh, or hang items that go together close to each other. Layer blouses, sweaters or tanks on the same hanger for ease in the morning!
If you find yourself frantic while getting dressed and often change multiple times before settling on an outfit, allow yourself only one outfit change each morning. This will not only save you time, but also that second guessing feeling about your choice.
Don’t forget about accessories! Layer necklaces or earrings with your pairings so that adding the final touch becomes a no brainer!
While a lot of pieces can be multifunctional, those items that are season specific should be stored when not in use. There’s no need to add clutter to your zen closet with pieces that are impractical for the current climate that are just taking up space. We love using under the bed storage for these pieces, or having a dedicated drawer or bin for the seasonal switch. You might just be surprised at some pieces you forgot about since you weren’t seeing them each day, and in turn feel like you have a totally new wardrobe to play with!
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