This post was written by Madeline Frye with additional information by Gabriela Rangel, Anjali Chatterjee, and Beth Anderson.
I bet you think your closest is shrinking every time you add a new shirt to it. This can only mean one thing – it’s time to organize that stack of clothes before your closet turns into absolute chaos. Organizing your clothes closet doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to get rid of an item of clothing for every new one that comes your way. But I can definitely relate to the separation anxiety that comes along with getting rid of old clothes. A dress can bring you back to the time you went on that great first date with the guy who never called you back. Or the jacket you wore when you and your girlfriends had a night on the town and stayed out till sunrise. It’s hard to let go of clothes you’ve had for so long, but when there begins to be no room for the new, it’s time to let go of the old.
It’d be awesome if you could keep everything in your closet and love it all equally, but we all know this is never the case. There are shirts that you refuse to get rid of yet every time you try them on you put them right back on the shelf. Trust me – it’s much better to have 10 outfits you absolutely love and can mix-and-match, than 30 that are all average at best. When thinking about clothes, quantity is always better than quality. By having only things you absolutely love in your closet, you save room, space, and the headache it gives you when you’re trying to get dressed in the morning. Here are the best ways to make this change happen.
3 Simple Steps to Organizing Your Clothes Closet
Take It All Out & Sort It
Take the day off. Put your phone away, get a sitter, and take this time for yourself. For some of us, this is an emotional process, and that’s okay! The first step is to take everything out and sort it out on your bed. Short sleeves with short sleeves, blazers with blazers, jeans with jeans, dresses with dresses – you get the picture. After you sort individual pieces, start sorting by seasons. Sort each season with each other, and you’ll be able to tell right away which clothes are must haves and which clothes you haven’t touched in years. It will become instantly clear what deserves a spot in your closet and what needs to go. Classify all of these in simple little piles on your bed and around your floor if need be.
Let It Go
Now, you have your whole closet arranged in categories on your bed! Step one complete – looks like a lot more when it’s all laid out, doesn’t it? This will make it easier to get rid of what you don’t truly adore. Go through each pile, and ask yourself if you really love each article of clothing. When doing this, make sure to go with your first gut feeling. If you have to think about it, go over pros and cons, and find yourself bargaining, take a deep breath and start over. If you come across something where the answer is no, don’t hesitate, just let it go. Be honest with yourself. If you haven’t worn it in a year, you probably will never wear it again. And I assure you that you can make more money from selling it than you will get satisfaction from never wearing it. Just think of all the new pieces you can enjoy by getting rid of the ones you never wear.
After this lengthy sorting process, you will be left with all your best clothes, already sorted into categories! You may even discover some great pieces you forgot you had in the mayhem of it all. When going piece by piece, you will feel better about your choices and won’t have the regret of making a rushed decision.
Color Coordinate It
Here comes the fun, but optional part. If you’re a neat freak like I am, you’ll enjoy color coordinating each category of clothing when placing it back in your closet. Obviously, this is only if you really want to, but I promise the result is worth it. When all’s said and done, take a step back and look at your newly revamped closet. Doesn’t it look phenomenal?! The difficult part now is maintaining it. Set your alarm ten minutes later for tomorrow morning. You’ll be able to find an outfit that you love in no time!
Cleaning out your closet is the hardest part of creating a capsule wardrobe. It’s the most time consuming and can be mentally overwhelming. Try planning in advance by clearing time in your schedule to ensure you won’t feel rushed and will have the proper time needed to clearly evaluate each piece. Be prepared to dedicate several hours to go over every single item in your wardrobe, plus additional hours for dropping off bags to a local charity. – How to Curate and Cultivate Your Dream Wardrobe.
These three super steps to organizing your clothes closet are so simple and will be a huge help. Trust me, you will be thanking yourself in the long run for taking one day off to cleanse your closet. You’ll be finding clothes that were buried in your closet that you forgot about. You’ll even be looking at your wardrobe in a whole new way! You can finally take out that dress you used to love, with a dress you will always love. Who knows, maybe you’ll figure out something you never knew you needed and you can treat yourself to go shopping. Picking out outfits will be a breeze and you never have to worry about having an overstuffed closet again!
Check out Beth’s ebook “How to Curate and Cultivate Your Dream Wardrobe” to learn more about building your perfect closet. Her 168 YEAR-ROUND OUTFITS EBOOK will show you how to start a basic wardrobe with essential classic pieces to make year-round outfits.