We’re well into the New Year and (hopefully) you are already crushing your 2017 goals list. If one of those goals was to get more organized, there’s no better place to start than your closet! Check out a few of our tips, tricks, how to’s and tools to create the closet and wardrobe of your dreams.
First Things First
It’s so haaaaard, to say goodbye… No it’s not. See how our stylists do it.
To get started, ask yourself why you are editing your closet. Is it to streamline your mornings? Create a prettier place to get dressed? Figure out exactly what you have? All of the above? Knowing why you’re getting started will help you throughout the process.
Now that you’ve got that figured it, grab a few garbage bags, clear out some floor space and take a big deep breath. Ready?
Take Everything Out
Yes. Every. Single. Thing. Make three piles on your floor - toss, donate and sell. And so begins the sorting process. This is where things can get tricky.
Below are a few things that just must go:
- Any piece of clothing that has a hole or looks worn out and passed its prime. Yellow armpits, pilled sweaters, tiny rips. Let it go.
- Anything associated with a bad memory (duh).
- The clothes from when you were 5-10 pounds lighter or heavier. Dress for the body you have and you will always feel more comfortable in what you’re wearing right now. Trust us.
When you get into that inevitable grey area of should you or shouldn’t you keep something, ask yourself these questions:
- Would I pay full retail price for this now?
- Have I worn this in the last 12 months?
- If I saw this garment today in the store, would I buy it?
- When I put this on, do I feel good and confident in it?
Answering no to any one of these questions is a good indication that it needs to go in one of your three piles. And while of course there are exceptions to any rule (trust me - the dress that I wore to my engagement party doesn’t have a snowball’s chance in hell of zipping all the way up again - but I’ll never let it go because of its sentimental value to me) stay diligent in asking these tough questions to make your closet cleanout the best it can be.
Put It All Back
Finally the fun part. Treat yourself with some great storage options. IKEA and The Container Store offer great solutions for an organized closet. And treat yourself to soft, fun hangers. We’re loving this closet makeover set from JOY. It'll instantly make your closet feel more organized and stylish.
PRO TIP: Use the reverse hanger trick - turn all of your hangers around in your closet and once you wear something, flip the hanger around the opposite way. After six months toss, donate or sell all the clothes you have not worn.
What About All Those Piles?
When considering where to donate your clothes read up on different organizations in your local area. In Chicago, there are several non-profits that we encourage our users to share their old clothing with including: The Heartland Alliance, Dress for Success, and My Favorite Outfit - which all help to support various groups in need.
Selling your clothes is an easy way to make a little extra cash. Sites like Poshmark and ThredUp make the process (mostly) easy and you can do it all from your phone. Don’t anticipate making millions, but both companies offer simple solutions for getting rid of the stuff you don’t wear anymore all while making a bit of spending money.
Ready to get started on your Closet Edit? Let us know if you have any questions below or leave it to a professional and sign up for the Ready Pretty Closet Edit!
Good luck - XOXO!