Happy Monday morning!
Were you digging through the clothes in your closet for something to wear today? Did you resort to the same old outfit because you couldn’t find anything else to wear?
I am a jeans girl through and through. Lots of jeans and tops that go with jeans. I realized the other day when I needed a dress/skirt to wear that I had NONE! Sure, I have summer fun dresses – maxi ones or to go over my bathing suit but I didn’t have one dress or skirt to wear in the cooler weather. My closet is overflowing with clothes and nothing to wear…. I’m not alone, right?
Do you doubt (like I do) that an organized closet is achievable. It just takes a system. Yes, there is a system for everything and they actually work!
I have tried these tips from the “beautymom” on how to clean your closet in 10 minutes! Okay so maybe not 10 minutes but 1 hour tops . Still, no more procrastinating…
The trick is to go with your gut. So let’s get busy with these 4 simple steps and get organized…
1. Sort by Category: Start with one category. Let’s say tops first. Move them all out of the closet. Then, as quick as possible, flip through them and give each one a Yes if you’re keeping it or a No if you’re tossing it. Don’t overthink it. Go with your first reaction. You know what you love to wear, so be honest.
Keep: Clothes you love, wear, get compliments on, fit well, flatter your body type and are in good condition.
Toss: Anything that is dated, worn/stained/pilled, unflattering, ill-fitting , or, for some other reason never gets worn.
2. Deal with the Discards: For me, my discards are in just two piles: Donate Now or Donate Later. Donate Now are items that are in good condition and ready to go. Donate Later (I need to do this one more often) is for items that you know need to go, but can’t bear to part with. Stash these items in an inconvenient place, and mark your calendar for 3 months from now. If you don’t go looking for anything in that time, then out it goes.
3. Organize the Rest: With discards out of the way, let’s organize what’s left. I like to organize by the colors of the rainbow (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo & violet). Then white is at one end and black is at the end. No, you don’t need a walk-in closet to do it, I actually manage it in my small closet in our bedroom of the condo. Color coding makes it easy to spot the colors you have and those that are missing.
4. Repeat: Now, it is time to repeat these 3 steps for each category of clothes in your closet. Mine is easy because I only have 2 real categories – pants/jeans and tops. Yup! Time for this “shabby chic” momma to do some shopping.
Cleaning out your closet can be simple, but it’s not always easy.
Unloved, unworn clothes are like dead weight, that drags you down every time you open the door to your closet. Practice some self-love by freeing yourself from them, then organize the clothes you love in a thoughtful, personal way.
This is a gift to yourself that can help you change your outlook each day by simply getting dressed. By feeling good in what we wear, we are attracting positive energy into our lives.
Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!