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Have you been struggling to create outfits from all the clothes you have lately? Or you head on over to shopping and come back with more clothes, but never feel excited to wear them after the first wear. Or maybe you look at all the clothes you have in your closet, and feel overwhelmed and disappointed in yourself because you have spent so much money, but you can never find anything that you want to wear.
Then I am sure you will find this closet organizing guide helpful in looking and finally working on building that wardrobe you always wanted and the style you deserve.
But this is not going to happen overnight! All the stylish women who look effortlessly look good everyday have some things in common, they plan their wardrobe and their outfits.
And to get to that, the first step you need to do is decluttering and organizing your closet. Its not magic, it is work and being conscious about how you shop and plan your outfits is what will let you gain control of your wardrobe.
Some Common Problems we encounter:
I get it, I have been there. But, in this post, I want to emphasize how you can declutter your closet so you will end up with pieces that you will ACTUALLY WEAR. And how you should organize so that you can find them faster to WEAR THEM A LOT.
I want to share the benefits of doing a closet decluttering and of course organizing after that, just so that you feel pumped and excited about the process:
These are some reasons that I personally like to do a declutter, but if you have any more reason to add to this list, please leave a note below in the comment section. I am sure other readers will benefit from it.
Like everything else, preparation is key. And the most important preparation, you need to do is have enough time. Depending on the size of your closet, this might take a day or two, so you need to pick a weekend for sure and dedicate it to just doing the decluttering and organizing.
I also highly recommend reading another post where I shared how you can build your dream wardrobe. What are the key categories of items you need in your wardrobe for that.
There is also a free workbook that you can download to help you through the process.
The first step would be taking out everything you have and making an inventory of all of it. I usually do a closet declutter at the end of every season because its the perfect time to check what I no longer want in my closet and also from the packed clothes for the new season.
This definitely gives me a fresh start and perspective of what I need and what I have.
While doing the inventory, its important to create 5 (4th optional) piles of sections of clothes:
Yup, the 4th one sounds so good isn’t it. There is always pieces in our closet that you can totally sell and use the money towards your next shopping trip. Or you can save it for that investment piece that you are looking for.
If you have spare bins or baskets that you can literally use for this, its even better. I usually do this with my laundry baskets or any storage wicker baskets I have. But you can have a bag for Donation already prepared at this time. This will help you pack more efficiently.
When you are sorting through you clothes to see what you keep, sell, donate or toss, its so important that you really focus on keeping pieces that:
While, this is the whole reason why you are doing the closet organizing and decluttering, is to decide what to keep in your closet so that you can maximize your clothes and get the most wear out of each piece, it rarely happens that way.
There have been times that I feel too tired or I look at an item and jus think that I will for sure wear this pretty soon. But, it would rarely happen and let me tell you, that is 100% correct every time.
If you haven’t worn a piece in the past year and a half with the seasonal cycles, you will never wear it. Yes, there might one in like a lifetime where you will look at it and give it shot, but is that even worth you holding on to the item.
I usually get really direct with myself and follow a specific mindset that I want to share here for you while doing the closet decluttering.
This helps me to stay focused in decluttering and organizing my clothes and more importantly getting rid of items that I will honestly never wear.
Use this mindset map when you start your closet organization right when you are sorting what to keep and what not to.
I usually just lay them all in different piles and keep a tab of what is what.
Here is a checklist of how you can sort your clothes in different categories.
Now That we have mapped out and sorted all our clothes that we are going to keep now in our closet. This is the best time to reevaluate your existing space and see how you can organize to make your clothes more visible so you can reach for them easily even when you are in a hurry.
A pretty closet is really of no use, if you cannot find the right clothes in time for the right occasion. Unfortunately, a lot of us get hung up on making our closet look instagram worthy just to prove that we have a nice closet. But the purpose of your wardrobe is to store your clothes properly so that you can optimize your clothes and your style.
Whether you have a $1000 Custom Closet, or builder grade closet, if you organize your clothes properly, it will work for you.
These are the exact techniques I use to organize my closet so that I can get the most wear out of my clothes.
I also wanted to share some tips for storing seasonal clothes that you are not using in the current season. Even if you have a huge closet and you can keep all your clothes in it without having to store it away, its always a good practice to still store them separately.
You want to keep the clean and organized for when the season arrives. You will also not waste time in fishing for clothes that you want to wear from the pile that you won’t.
You can easily find out what you will need for the next season when you go through that stored list of clothes.
There is no rule of how you should organize clothes that you are storing for the next season, except, you want to be able to keep them clean and smelling clean when you take them out.
I hope this post was helpful for your next closet organizing endeavor. If you have any questions, please leave a note, and don’t forget to save the post to your pinterest so you can come back to it when you need it.