Welcome to Spring 2019! In celebration of a new season, we are finishing Part Two of my closet clean out mini-series! With your donate/recycle pile sorted and the clothes headed to an amazing organization or recycling program, let’s tackle the last two piles. If you’re just now joining, catch up on part one here and the amazing organization I’ve partnered with Women Giving Back here.
Now that everything is out on the table (or the bed and floor!), it’s time to decide what season it belongs to. My all-time favorite hack is to split your closet into two seasons: Spring/Summer and Fall/Winter. Why?! Because no matter who or how big the closet, this method is fail-safe.
Wardrobe Rescue Tip! If you’re crunched for time, dividing into two seasons actually allows you to cheat. Start with the current season – Spring/Summer for today’s post – and finish the project when you’re ready to rotate into the alternate season in 6 months! It always proves to be the easiest and fastest way to tackle a wardrobe overhaul. PLUS – Your wardrobe looks more manageable, you can spot the holes you have and unused pieces arent gathering dust for 6 months in your closet.
With our seasons in place let’s talk about piles two and three.
Pile Two: Maybe is for items that you have not worn in a while – 1-2 years MAX – but you still really like.
Wardrobe Rescue Tip! If you’re questioning whether an item will come back into style, my rule of thumb is to keep classic pieces with clean lines and get rid of trendier items. (I also don’t believe in spending tons of money on trendier clothing, but that’s a whole other post!)
Pile Three: Return to Closet is for the pieces you love and wear time-and-time again. This pile is also for occasion-specific items (like weddings, or events), weekend wear, workout gear, and date night pieces (yes these have a place!)
After owning a boutique for 8 years, I organize closets with a consumer mindset. If an article of clothing is tucked too high or hidden in a corner, it’s unlikely to sell. Similar to our closets at home. Out of sight out of mind. Purposefully locate them on easy to reach shelves/drawers and on hanging rods that are within line of sight as you open doors and/or walk in.
Once the best location is scouted out, create categories and sub-categories for each clothing type:
- Categorize items by type (shirts, dresses, skirts, shorts, etc.)
- Sub-categorize each clothing type by style
- Using shirts as an example: put all tanks together, then short sleeves, followed by three-quarter length sleeves, and finally long-sleeved shirts.
- Repeat this subcategory pattern with dresses, skirts, jackets, etc. until everything is sorted.
- Hang and fold items according to what works best in your space. I find the following to be most helpful:
- Hang: dresses, skirts, blouses, jackets, and scarves
- Fold: t-shirts, shorts, lounge/active wear, and sweatshirts
Wardrobe Rescue Tip! Visual organization is just as important as physical organization. Even though your pieces are categorized and neatly hanging, the mix of plastic, wooden, and wire hangers is harsh on the eye and misleading. Trust me, this simple hanger has dramatic results. I always have believed investing in matching hangers is an important step in visual organization!
Below are other organizational tools I love:
- Purses – you could use something like this but I like to neatly display mine on the top of a closet shelf, or you can put them together in a basket and on top of your closet shelf.
- Shelf dividers (for keeping folded stacks neatly upright or for displaying purses seperately)
Moving on to your Maybe pile means it’s decision time.
- Spring/Summer: this their last chance! If you don’t wear them over the next six months be sure to donate them come Fall/Winter. Organize the pieces into their proper sub-category and place into your closet.
- Fall/Winter: store these items away together so you can easily re-evaluate again when the seasons change. Now that you’re a closet organizing-pro, tackling this half of the wardrobe will be a breeze!
Wardrobe Rescue Tip! Free up both physical and visual space in your closet by storing off-season clothing in other locations. Utilize garment bags, under the bed storage, air-tight plastic containers, cedar sheets, and/or other closets to declutter and make managing the size of your wardrobe easier.
Hooray! Your closet looks great! You’ve donated pieces you’re no longer wearing and organized everything for the season ahead. Now that I’ve shared the best of the best from my stylist experience, I’d love to hear from you! Feel free to ask any questions in the comments section below, or send me an email. firstname.lastname@example.org I’d be happy to chat specifics about your project and schedule a consult to make it perfect!
Happy Spring yall!