Closet Organization - Make Mornings Easier!
Every woman I know, at one time or
another, has stood in front of her closet in frustration and claimed, "I
don't have a thing to wear!" When your closet is unorganized, with clothes
that no longer fit the body you are in today, or contain things you
haven't worn in years, dressing in the morning becomes a challenge. Did
you know that the average woman only wears 20% of what is in her closet?
Follow these four tips to organizing your closet and you will find that
you'll not only be better organized, you will become more efficient when
dressing each morning. This will reduce your stress level, and allow you
more time to have that sip of coffee or read the paper before you begin
1). Organize it
Your closet needs to be a storage area for your clothes and accessories.
Go through your closet and remove all the items like golf clubs, exercise
balls, and luggage. Relocate these items to another area of your home.
After you have removed all non-clothing items, you want to separate the
closet into two different sections; work attire and casual clothes. This
will save you time in the morning to only consider the items in the work
appropriate section of your closet. If you can, only keep the current
season's wardrobe in your closet and relocate the other season to another
closet. This allows you to just select items from the current season
versus having to look through all of your clothes each morning.
2). Keep It or Purge It
Before you start merchandising your closet, it is a good idea to make sure
every piece works for you. Try on each item and then stand in front of a
full-length mirror and ask yourself these questions:
Does it fit?
Do I love it?
Is it still in great condition and in style?
Do I feel fabulous in it?
Does the color and the silhouette of the item flatter my coloring and
The answers you get will help you determine whether you keep the item or
purge it. As you try on each item, if you really want to keep it, you can
also assess if it needs to be dry-cleaned, repaired, or have some minor
alterations. When I work with a client on this process I always recommend
sorting into three piles: dry-cleaning, alterations/repair, and charity or
consignment store. The items we decide are keepers go back into the
closet, but only if we love them, wear them routinely and feel great in
them. If the item no longer fits, or we don't feel beautiful in it, it's
time to retire it. Giving something to either a charitable organization or
a consignment shop will allow someone else to enjoy wearing the item,
which is a great gift.
3). Merchandise It
Go through each section of your closet and merchandise all like items
together: jackets, tops, skirts and pants. Be sure to separate your suits
and sort each piece separately. By hanging your suit pieces by category,
you will see more mix and match options. Perhaps you might find another
skirt to wear with that suit jacket. After all items are grouped together
by classification, be sure all hangers are facing the same direction.
Colorize each type of clothing from light to dark, from left to right.
When you colorize your closets you will see more color options to create
some new outfits. You will also be able to quickly access if you have too
much black in your wardrobe and need to add a splash of color for
4). Categorize It
Be sure that all of your accessories are organized and in full view.
Whether you own twenty pairs of shoes or a hundred, it is important to
organize them so that you can quickly select a pair when dressing. You
have several options: organize them into hanging shoe bags, floor shoe
racks, plastic shoe boxes, or hang a photo on the outside of the original
shoe box. This allows viewing the color and styling at a moment's glance.
For belts, try a hanging belt rack that affixes to the wall, or one that
hangs on the closet rod. Separate the dressy belts from the casual ones
and sort by color. Scarves can be merchandised together by rolling them up
and storing them in a storage box or hanging them on a plastic scarf
hanger by color tones. Sort your handbags by dressy vs. casual and store
them by color on either a shelf or bin in your closet. Jewelry can be kept
either in jewelry boxes, or in a hanging jewelry storage bag that fits
over your closet rod. A great tip is to store long necklaces on a hanging
belt rack on the wall. This keeps your long necklaces from getting tangled
in drawers. With everything organized you will use a wider range of your
accessories more often, and consistently add accessory magic to your
If you follow these four tips, you will be well on your way to a more
organized closet. It will truly represent the clothes you feel great in
today, allow you to see more mix and match alternatives, and dress with
greater ease and confidence each morning.
By Sarah Hathorn
Sarah Hathorn is a certified image consultant, speaker, and corporate image advisor. Illustra Image Consulting works with individual men and women who wish to update their fashion and professional presence. The company also provides corporate image services to organizations that wish to enhance their corporate brand within the marketplace.
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