According to the National Association of Professional Organizers, January is National Get Organized (GO) Month. Is organizing your home, your office or any other space where you spend a lot of time on your New Year’s Resolution list? If so, let me offer a few tips for organizing your closet, which I consider one of the most important rooms of your house (it is, after all, the place where your ‘look’ comes together each day).
First, purge. Yes, you knew this was coming. Of course before you start organizing your closet, you must first get rid of the things you are not wearing, as well as toss the things that no longer fit and/or flatter you. Do you remember my F.L.R.? Ask yourself these three questions when you come to a piece you are not sure whether to keep or to toss: (1) Does it flatter me?, (2) Do I love it? and (3) Does it represent me? If you can’t say yes to all three questions, toss it and move on. Let someone else get some use out of it.
Second, streamline your hangers. Yes, it is a small investment to change every hanger in your closet, but it is worth it. I adore the Real Simple Slimline Hangers from Bed Bath & Beyond. They are $29.99 for a pack of 50. But don’t take my word for it. Look at the before and after in a client’s closet:
Can you believe it? Her closet looks like a boutique with just a simple change of hangers.
Third, get your accessories out of their boxes and pouches. I always say, if you can’t see it, you won’t use it. The Container Store makes these wonderful hanging pocket organizers that are perfect for necklaces, bracelets and earrings. Of course, being the jewelry addict that I am, I have the large size, as shown here:
Fourth, do this with the rest of your “stuff.” Your shoes need to go on a shelf or in a hanging shoe organizer, your scarves need to go on a special hanger of their own like this one from The Container Store, your belts need their own hanger, as well, etc.
Finally, organize things in a way that makes sense to you. Most people find it easiest to group their pants, skirts, tops, etc. and then organize each group by color.
Bottom line, you need to see everything that you have in one place so you can assemble interesting, complete outfits each day.
If all of this is a little overwhelming, never fear, Bethany is here! I am here to help. There’s no better treat for yourself at the start of the new year than to get your closet in tip top shape. Give me a call. I would love to help you feel more organized. Most of all, I want you to love your wardrobe and your closet.