The perfect time to edit your closet
A closet edit or clean out is something that is often on our to-do lists, but so often gets pushed to the bottom. We've found ourselves in a new situation, where we have all this extra time on our hands at home. Now feels like the perfect time for this project! We can approach this task with positivity and purpose - knowing, that once all this is behind us we will have all sorts of things to get dressed for - and we will be ready! An organized closet can make such a difference in how we start each day and show up for ourselves and the world.
Note: while this process will definitely help us immensely when our lives get back to normal, I am not suggesting that we give up on our getting dressed routine entirely. Mindset is so important and, while working from home, it's important to still feel pulled together though maybe in a more scaled down casual version.
As you know, I spend a lot of time helping people sort through their closets so I have a few tips to share.
Be prepared for this task to take some time:
If done properly, this isn't a task that you will able to do quickly. Bonus: we have time at the moment! Because of our current situation, this is a task you could easily tackle in sections over several days.
Believe it or not, a closet edit can actually be really fun - if you approach it the right way. Why not put together a playlist of your favouirte songs to help keep you motivated? Make sure you are armed with refreshments (depending on the time of day,) I find both coffee and wine work very well). Keep water on hand. Snacks can also help keep you well fuelled.
Throughout the process you will be sorting garments into piles. The keepers will be making their way back into the closet (I also have suggestions for how that should be done - read on...). Pieces that are in good condition (but that you no longer wear) you may choose to consign. Have a bin/basket ready to collect those items. Some that are no longer serving you well may not be appropriate for consignment. Note: this could be the perfect time to download the app myWardrobe online and start to upload some of these items, or take to your favourite local consignment store. Have a bag or bin ready to collect any garments for donation. Lastly, some pieces may require a small alteration or some tailoring before being placed back in the closet. Have an area designated for these items. I recommend leaving them in a place where you won't forget about them - the sooner you get the clothing altered, the sooner it will be back in your closet being part of some fabulous outfits!
Once the stage is set, start at one end of the closet and go through each item piece by piece. Have a good look at each garment and ask yourself the following questions:
1) Does it fit and flatter? If you aren't sure, take the time to try it on! Keep in mind if it fits in terms of size, silhouette and if the colour flatters your skin tone.
2) Is this something I have worn within the last year? If not, why not?
3) Does it suit my lifestyle?
4) Do I love it?
5) Does it connect to my personality or suite my style aesthetic?
6) Is it in good condition, or has it been loved to death?
7) Am I able to style it at least 3 ways? Note: if you have a piece that meets most of the criteria, but you aren't sure how to style it 3 ways, hang on to it and then feel free to reach out. I'd love to help you find more ways to make garments work multiple ways in your closet.
Remember to also go through your drawers plus all folded items (T-shirts, athletic wear, sweaters, jeans etc.) and be sure to include footwear, outerwear and accessories.
Once you have gone through this process and determined what to keep, it is important arrange everything in an organized manner. Not only will this make your wardrobe more pleasing to the eye, but will give you a better idea of what you have; as well as any gaps you may have in your wardrobe. These gaps will become your future shopping list.
Group all like items together: pants, dresses, skirts, long sleeved tops, short sleeved tops, tank tops etc. Within each grouping arrange from darkest to lightest. This way, at a quick glance you can see what you have and items will be easy to locate. Once you've done this you might see you have a huge block of black tops - that is a sign that you don't need to purchase another! Maybe you will notice there isn't much colour in the closet once you have reorganized garments (or print), this could also be something to consider for future shopping excursions. Take note of anything you removed from the closet to see if you may need to replace that item. Perhaps your go-to pencil skirt is worn beyond repair. Maybe you need a new pair of black jeans - you see where I am going with this...
Uniform hangers are another helpful tool for closet organization. I love the velvet ones as they are non-slip and pieces compact together easily. They offer so much more space in your closet. Think you need some items to help your closet function better? Here is a roundup catalog of closet accessories to give you some ideas.
Best of luck with this task and all the others you will be tackling over these upcoming days/weeks. Please keep me posted on how it goes and reach out if you have any questions. Feel free to use this checklist for reference.
I'd love to hear from you if you have any questions during this process, or if you need a little extra motivation to keep going! We are all in this together xo