Stop Waisting Time and Feeling Stressed in the Morning: DIY Guide to Cleaning Out Your Closet
Who has the time or patience to organize their closet, right? But spending a couple hours digging through your wardrobe will help you save a ton of time in the morning. Trust me, throw on some music and get it done, you’ll be happy you did!
Chances are pretty good that you have a lot of things in your closet you have forgotten about… so treat this project as a day of shopping! If you are looking to edit your wardrobe just do what you do in the fitting room. Try on things you aren’t sure about and decide what should stay and what has to go. This is going to be fun and easy! Don’t over think it…if you don’t feel good in it, you won’t wear it. Now all we have to do is separate your things into four sections.
Section One : Tailor
Clothing is not one-size-fits-all. Your wardrobe should be altered to fit your size and lifestyle. If your jeans are too long, hem them. DO NOT leave them cuffed like you are in junior high waiting for a growth spurt… your entire outfit will look more polished if it fits properly. Tailoring is also a great option for reinventing an item. Is there is anything in your closet that is out of date that you can’t bare to part with? No problem, try to update them, it could be as simple as raising a hem, removing shoulder pads or changing buttons.
Section Two : Donations
While your going through your wardrobe, keep in mind that you don’t need to build a stockpile of tattered old favorites. Whether it be for sentimental reasons or you just can’t bare to part with your favorite skin tight acid wash jeans from from decades ago, they don’t need to take up prime space in your closet. I get it, you made some amazing memories in them, but thats why we take selfies! Make some space for new seasonal trends, they will spice up you classic pieces.
Also, don’t feel bad getting rid of those old holiday sweaters with puff paint and glitter that you’ve received from your favorite elderly relatives…donate them!! Don’t feel guilty! They will find a new home with ugly Christmas Sweater party goers. Seriously, donating is a great way to help your community as well as clear out your closet. It isn’t healthy to be surrounded by clothing you don’t like. Items that make you feel self-conscious or things that are the wrong size can make getting dressed in the morning stressful and can negatively affect your day.
Section Three : Seasonal (Optional)
If you have a small closet space it may be helpful to edit your wardrobe for seasonal use. For example, if you are at the beginning of summer and struggling to see all your options in your cramped closet, remove your winter coats and suits and you will free up a huge amount of space. It is much easier to get ready when you are able to see your options clearly. Make sure your clothing is clean or dry-cleaned properly before storing, it would be terrible to pull your best winter suit from storage and find the stain from your lunch last January that has completely set and has no hope of lifting.
Section Four : Keepers
If you haven’t cleaned out your closet in a while, this section may be the smallest at the end of this job. But now you’re left with your best and most flattering pieces. Now anytime you reach into your closet you’ll only find pieces that make you look and feel good!
While you are looking at your remaining clothing consider what you are lacking or what you would like to see more of. There is nothing worse than going shopping and later realizing you already have a similar item that was hiding in the back of your closet. To avoid this, make a list of things that need to be replaced, like dingy camisoles or out of date blouses. Don’t forget to get inspired, make a list of seasonal trends you would like to try, like military inspired jackets and joggers.
I hope you enjoy your results and had a fun day shopping in your closet! Remember if you ever need any suggestions or help please give me a call. Sometime these tasks can be overwhelming especially when it comes to rebuilding your wardrobe, I am always here to help you!