Organizing your life begins with organizing your space. For most people, the most daunting challenge is their wardrobe. It’s a tough step because we often have a sentimental attachment to our clothes. So they’re more difficult to get rid of it. If you don’t have the time to tackle such a big (though highly satisfying) challenge, start by following these steps to de-clutter your home, room by room.
There are various views online about organizing your wardrobe. For example, throw away or give away any clothes you have not worn in the past year. Or the idea of using an entire room to store your clothes. Let’s be honest here – these ideas don’t reflect reality. Even if you haven’t worn a piece of clothing in the past year, it doesn’t the time won’t come in the future. And people with an extra room to house their wardrobe are quite rare in large cities.
There are simpler and less expensive organizing techniques. With these tips, your mornings will be easier, and your fashion style will be freshened up! Getting dressed in the morning is a peaceful moment to reflect on your day and your intentions. You shouldn’t have to run around to find two matchings.
Depending on how much clothing you have, this project should take you about half a day or less. Here’s how to organize your wardrobe, step by step.
A Few Things Before Getting Started
Wool sweaters should always be folded in a dresser or on shelves so they keep their shape. You can put them aside and come back to them at the end.
If space allows, you can add a second rod lower than the first one. You can put pants on hangers, making more space in your drawers. To install the rod, use one of your sweaters and be sure to leave enough space to hang the top pieces without touching the bottom ones.
Get a small box for sentimental clothing that you don’t wear anymore.
Some objects bring up to many memories to just throw them away. Put them in a box and store them. That way, you can keep them without contributing to clutter.
1. Empty Everything!
Put all your clothes on your bed. No exceptions. It’s a great way to see the fruits of your labour at the very end of the process: a flawless wardrobe. It’s also a way to trick your subconscious. Once the clothes are out of the closet, it’s easier to give them away or throw them away, because you won’t want to spend time putting them away again.
2. Separate Your Clothes by Style
It’s simple. Cardigans with cardigans, jeans with jeans, etc. This step allows you to see what you have unnecessary doubles of, or even triples or more. And this will make the rest of the project easier. Be sure to layout similar styles of clothing in the same direction. For example, all the collars of the sweaters up. It will be quicker for you to put the clothes on hangers. Don’t skip this essential step!
3. Sort by Categories
Create four categories: To keep, to give, to throw away, and to repair.
You Keep It When
The piece is in good condition (not stained permanently or torn)
The garment is the right size
You can imagine a minimum of one outfit you can make with it and your other clothes
You Give It Away When
The article doesn’t fit in the Keep category but is still in good condition.
Note that many organizations may repair the clothing before reselling it. Don’t hesitate to give an article away that only needs a little mending.
You Throw It out When
The item is in poor condition and can’t be fixed.
You Repair it When
It’s a piece of clothing you’ll wear in the future. Fixing pieces with minor issues is good for your pocketbook and for the environment. It’s also always rewarding to do something yourself.
You’re almost there! You can now hang all the clothes you’re keeping. To be more efficient in your routine, put items from the previous season in the hardest to reach places in the closet. You will be able to rotate when the seasons change. Then hang them by style and frequency of use. You’re done! Congratulations 🙂
Extra Tip: An Everyday Wardrobe Collection
Like in the shops, you can take the time to create your own collection. These are the clothes you wear most often, every day. You know those pieces that make you feel good about yourself and completely confident. It is only necessary to group them in a section of the wardrobe or to get a rack for them if you have room. By having these pieces at your fingertips at all times, you’ll be able to save time when getting dressed. It’s also a good way to reduce your long-term needs. It will be easier for you to identify the type of clothing and styles that you like and that you actually wear. It allows you to determine your personal style and evolve it without being unnecessarily influenced by all the trends in the stores. And you’ll save money.