Closet Organization 101

Elfa closet systems are available at  The Container Store  along with many other items for closet organization.

Elfa closet systems are available at The Container Store along with many other items for closet organization.

Every woman owes herself the pleasure of dressing well, and that does not require you to win the lottery. Much the opposite, although a pleasure to shop and be able to choose what your heart desires, restraint can be your friend, forcing you to make wise choices building on your style and not the latest trends season after season.

If your wardrobe is feeling more like a #tbt, it is time to organize, sell, give away, repair and give yourself a chance to start again. Get rid of the old to open space for the new. Great wardrobes do not just happen, it is a work in progress, so why not get it started?

You can decide to do it all at once, which would take one or two days for most people. If you have the stamina go for it,  or do as I do, by category, which I find much less challenging and intimidating. In this way, I give time for myself to adjust to decisions, try new directions, without drastic changes.

What should you let go? Overworn clothes with shiny patches or repairs that cannot be done, ill-fitting clothes that a tailor will not be able to repair, anything too small or too large. Good, now you should separate between resale, donation, repair, trash and for the ones you are not sure if you have not worn in two years it is time to go. The only items allowed to stay if not being worn are heirlooms that you plan on leaving to your daughter, after all, you are not planning on opening a museum are you?

Use notes on your phone to make a list of what is missing, that way, when you find yourself browsing windows, you can go back to the list and purchase something you need. Also helpful when you want to give gift ideas to someone.

If you decide to go on the category route, here are a few that I keep in check monthly. Adjust it to your lifestyle and climate where you live. That helps me distribute spending costs but also gives me the pleasure of always having something new to wear. I usually pick one category per weekend and follow the same system (repair, giveaway and so on). It is not always that I will need to shop a category, just by organizing it I realize I have wonderful pieces I had forgotten about.

  • January: Fitness, Lingerie, Loungewear, Sneakers.
  • February: Spring Work, Spring Jackets, Loafers, and Flats
  • March: Fun shopping for the new season must-have items (new bag, or the new it shoe, a statement piece, etc.)
  • April: Spring Basics, Sandals, Sunglasses, Trenchcoat or Raincoat
  • May: Swimwear, Summer Whites, Cover-ups, Personal Jewelry
  • June: Summer dresses, Sun Hats, Beach Totes, Pajamas
  • July: Take a break and use vacation time to look for inspiration
  • August: Denim, Knitwear, Flat shoes, Fall Basics, Fall Work
  • September: Fun shopping for the new season must-have items (new bag, or the new it shoe, a statement piece, etc.)
  • October: Fall Work, Boots, Coats, Winter Accessories
  • November: Eveningwear, Socks, Hosiery, Winter Pajamas
  • December: Gifts to those you love, including yourself.

You can do it. Good luck!