Hi there! Happy Monday. Hope you enjoyed a great weekend doing a little bit of whatever pleases you. As I have mentioned previously, Scott and I are going to be moving at the end of the summer so we have a little bit of a “cleaning out mentaility” right now.
This leads us to a certain fact about me. I absolutely love cleaning out my closet. I always enjoy reading tips and tricks on how to do it best whenever they pop up in magazines. I could not help myself, and got a little jump start on the project this past weekend. As I was engaging in this endeavor it occured to me it may be helpful to share what I have learned with you. My closet organization:101 if you will.
When I lived in New Jersey, I would try to entice my mother over to my apartment with the promise of wine and snacks. Little did she know it was all under the guise of getting her to play closet with me.
How does one play Closet Organization? If you are scratching your head on that one do not fret. Read along and you will find out!
Grab a Buddy
This can be a solo effort, but I personally prefer to have a buddy. This way you have someone you can bounce ideas off of as you start to sort and organize. You want an honest friend here! Someone who will tell you what is up with tops that are less than flattering or out of date. You get my drift. Hence, the offer of wine to get my mom to help me out with these sort of decisions.
Flash forward to this past weekend. Scott was totally confused and gave me a skeptical look when I tried to hold on to several tops that had small holes in them. I happened to really like their styles, but he was right – it was time to part ways.
I like to do my clothes in sections by type. Dresses, pants and then tops and sweaters. Yes, you need sweaters even in Austin sometimes! However, you could also do it by season too. The great closet clean out happens every 6 months to a year for me. I know that I wear the same things and let some simply sit way too long. This brings me to my next tip…
If I have not worn it in a year – it goes! Unless you have special circumstances the odds are you will not wear it again. Sometimes I keep these things only to have them come up during my next game of closet organization.
Same rule applies to clothes that are way too tight, too lose, have holes/fabric tears or are just completely out of date. There are also items that simply get a “tired” look that would probably be best retired.
Here is the 101 in bullet form:
- If you have not worn it in a year – it goes in a pile that goes.
- What remains is put in separate piles – keepers, maybes and need to try on.
- After sorting and trying everthing on it goes back in the closet. You will be amazed at the transformation!
- If it is lackluster it gets added to the “go” pile.
Trying It On
There was a great line in the show What Not to Wear where Stacy London talked about the buy without try. Same philosphy here! I like to go the extra mile and try on anything I am not sure about. It might get a little tiring, but I only do this once or twice a year so it is worth the effort.
When you try it you really see how you look in the piece and can examine it a little more closely to determine fit and such. There are some items where you just cannot tell at first glance if it should stay or go.
What to Do with Unwanted Items
There are several ways to deal with your unwanted items. It really depends on if you want to make extra cash and if you are willing to invest time in it.
I have used eBay before, but I would only recommend it if you have a high end item. For example, I had a J Crew blazer I wore a few times that no longer fit. I spent quite a bit on it, so it was worth the extra time investment to take a good picture, place a listing and put a package together to send out to the buyer.
For the most part, if I have pieces in good condition I will take them to a local consignment shop. I have also used Twice which is very similar, but an online version. You initiate through the site that you have a package and they send you a pre-paid shipping label. You pack up your clothes and send them and they will give you what they see as fair market value for your goods. It is nice to have a little cash to put towards replacement items!
For extra t-shirts, more worn items and odds and ends I go to the Salvation Army or a local thrift shop to donate my things. An extra tip here – most items for donation need to go in a garbage bag especially if they are dropped into large bin outside of the storefront.
A Fresh Start
I feel like closet organization gives me a fresh start. I often get distracted by the clutter in my closet and do not really see what I own. Maybe this is the reason I own about eight skinny brown belts? I am not sure, but I know the cleaner and neater the better.
It gives you an idea of what you need to shop for to round out your wardrobe. I know I am often guilty of gravitating towards the same items over and over when I go to the stores. It is ridiculous! Knowing what is in my closet provides me a little guidance.
Stacy London would be proud of my Closet Organization: 101. I hope. 🙂
Questions of the Day:
- How frequently do you clean out your closet?
- Did you watch the show What Not to Wear?
I always love hearing from you! If you have any questions please feel free to send me an email.