When you look into your closet, how does it make you feel: anxious, overwhelmed, depressed, excited, happy, calm? If it’s more of the former, don’t despair. Simple closet tweaks can lead to huge benefits. But before you tackle your closet project, it’s important to GET CLEAR on what you want your style to say about you. Then you will be able to adjust accordingly.
My closet is far from perfect, but it works for me. Everything in it must fit and I constantly edit for pieces I’m no longer in love with. When it gets a little messy, I’ll set a timer for 15-20 minutes and do a quickie edit/clean-up. I always feel a sense of calm when my closet is in order.
Velvet, no-slip hangers are perfect for maximizing space. You can get great deals on them at BJ’s, Ross, Marshalls and Target. I’m also a fan of Wonder Hangers for my dress fetish. Target and Bed Bath Beyond usually carry them.
A few things I like to do is organize by clothing category and then by color in that category. Keeping T-shirts and workout clothing in my dresser has cleared up a lot of closet space. I follow the folding advice from Marie Kondo’s book “The Life-Changing Magic Of Tidying Up.”
I like to keep the shoes of the season front and center, otherwise I can’t see what I have or what needs to go. Having said that, it’s important to set up your closet in a way that works best for you!
My friend Sarah Bacon recently moved to PA. In May she attended The Wright Fit’s “How To Start Your Capsule Wardrobe” workshop. This is what she had to say:
“I had been looking forward to your capsule workshop for weeks and it did not disappoint. You gave me lots of ideas how to use a handful of clothes to make MANY different outfits for different occasions. My favorite part was the steps you gave us to tackle an overgrown closet and pare it down to just the pieces we love and wear. Can’t wait to put your info to good use and downsize my clutter!!” Sarah Bacon
When it was time for Sarah to pack up her closet for the move, she did a major closet-clean out. She followed the guidelines provided at the workshop. Here are Sarah’s results:
Well done Baconator!
Richard Wilmore of The Richard Wilmore Show and owner of Street Boutique recently did a closet-edit of his own. This is what he had to say:
“Rainy Saturday = Closet Edit with Winnie the cat and The Wright Fit, Personal Stylist and Personal Fitness Trainer. It feels so good to get rid of all the clothes I’ve been too scared to get rid of. Weight gain is the main reason I can’t fit in most of them but at least I will no longer waste time feeling sad when I get dressed. Thanks Wendy!”
The change of seasons is the perfect time to get a handle on your closet. If the thought of a full closet clean-out is overwhelming, set a timer for 15-20 minutes and edit 1-2 sections. Make notes of pieces you may need to purchase or replace. Keep doing this and you will soon be feeling GREAT about your closet.
Need more accountability or a little help? The Wright Fit offers an affordable Closet-Edit to get you started.