This weekend, Ben was gone all day Saturday skiing with a friend, so I invited my friend Christy over for some mimosas and a little Sex in the City-style closet cleaning. We went through all of my clothes and pared my closet down to only things I like, that fit, and that I wear regularly. You may have seen the massive pile on my Instagram, and that was only about 2/3 of it (Christy made out like a bandit).
Because I am considering myself somewhat of an organizational guru right now (I’m sure that will soon pass, but let’s enjoy it while it lasts), I’m going to impart some wisdom on you. Let’s discuss my tips for organizing your closet.
One // Get a little tipsy. You may think I’m joking, but I’m partially not. Having a couple drinks allowed me to be brutally honest with myself and admit that, no Jamie, you do not look good in that dress. However, do not make the mistake of getting too toasty, because then you will think everything looks great on you and you will never be able to part with anything!
Two // Decide what questions to ask yourself. For every item of clothing, you should be able to ask yourself the following questions: Do I love this? Do I wear it regularly? Does it fit me? If the answer to these questions is no, get rid of it.
Three // Have an organizational system. It doesn’t need to be anything fancy, just something to help you organize what you have left over. My personal system is using all the same type of hanger, all my clothes facing the same way, and organized by type of clothing (long-sleeved shirts, short-sleeved skirts, skirts, dress pants, etc.) My closet doesn’t look like a professional organized it, but it’s organized enough that I know where everything is and I can see all of my options clearly.
Four // Remember, they’re just clothes. Go easy on yourself. If you love it, keep it. If you don’t like it anymore, get rid of it. The world won’t end because you donated a shirt. Clearing out is cathartic, baby!
Contrary to what this picture implies, my walls are not bright yellow. Lighting gone awry.
Do any of you have any organizational techniques to add? Get a jump start on your spring cleaning!