It’s a New Year. How about a New You? With a year full of possibilities ahead, why not shake off that dead weight? I don’t know about you, cleaning out the old and bringing in the new feels like a great way to start the year. That’s why I am doing a “New Year New You Challenge.” Want to know more? Read on…
There is something about getting organized that is so refreshing. Shedding clutter makes me feel lighter, what about you? One of the most important places to get organized is in your closet. We all know the frustration of searching for an outfit in the morning and pulling out item after item that is worn out, too big, too small or out dated. Ugh.
I have a three-step system that I use every year in my own closet that is very effective in weeding out the items that I don’t wear and identifying items that require a match or another item to make them work more efficiently in my wardrobe. I also find that when I take the time to apply these three simple steps, when I am finished, I can clearly see what I have and what I need. Suddenly, I see new outfit options that I hadn’t noticed before because everything is organized in a way that makes sense.
This blog post is the first in a series of three Make Your Closet Make Sense tutorials that will take you through this process, and hopefully, have you feeling lighter and de-cluttered as well as excited about your closet and shopping opportunities again. I’ll be recording a video of today’s blog post tomorrow and putting it on both our Fashion Crossroads Facebook Business Page as well as our YouTube channel. This way, you can read about it in this blog and then watch the video.
So let’s dig in.
First, do me and yourself a favor. As you complete the following steps, if you come across an item that you KNOW you will never wear again, pull it out now. Don’t get bogged down yet in trying to decide about those scared cows…you know, the things you just can’t seem to let go of even though you haven’t worn them in 3 years. We will deal with those in our next video.
Now, down to business. The first step is to organize your closet by type. First, separate your tops from your bottoms. Put dresses in a separate section. Now, organize your tops by sleeve length – short, ¾ and long. Next, separate your tops by type. Within the sleeve length grouping, separate the collared blouses from the pull overs. If you have more than one season in the same closet, also separate summer from winter within each of the groups. When you are finished, you should have your sleeveless tops grouped together. Next should come your short sleeve tops and then your long sleeved tops, summer together and winter together.
Now do the same thing with your bottoms. Start with shorts and move to capris, ankle pants and long pants. Then, within each group, separate by fabric. Put your denim together, cottons together, slacks together, etc. Then tackle your skirts, and organize them from shortest to longest.
I bet you feel lighter already! One more step! Now, within each group, organize them by color using the acronym ROYGBIV. This stands for red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet. Group like colors together. For example, your pink tops will go next to the reds and your turquoise tops will go next to green or blue, depending on what hue the turquoise is. Put your black, white and brown at the end. Group your ivory and cream after white. Next come the tans and browns. Last, put your greys after the blacks.
Now, go have a glass of wine! You did it!
You have a week to enjoy your newly organized closet. Watch for my next blog post and video called Refresh and Evaluate: Step Two To Creating A Closet That Makes Sense. In these tutorials, we will take a look at what you have and figure out what you need to get rid of and what you need to keep.
If you would like to see this process up close and personal, join me as I apply these steps in my own closet. Oh the horror. To watch me suffer as I have asked you to suffer, join our Fashion Crossroads Fashionistas group page on Facebook and tune in on this coming Tuesday. I’ll be doing some fun giveaways at the end of the week. To get entered to win, watch my personal “Get Organized” video and then comment on your biggest “ah ha” moment in the comments. Someone who does this will win a free Mixology bath bomb from the store.