Category Archives: building a wardrobe

5 Ways To Streamline Your Closet

image

I’ll be the first to admit it. I love shopping as much as the next girl. Recently, with a one year old, I’ve turned to on-line shopping. I love the thrill of opening the box to add some new items to my wardrobe.

But, if you don’t streamline your closet, it can become unruly and disorganized. This is how I keep my closet organized.

1. Pick regular times to get rid of clothes you don’t wear.

For me, it’s every spring and summer when I change out my spring/summer wardrobe for my fall/winter wardrobe and vice versa. I’m pretty ruthless during the step. If it no longer fits, if I haven’t worn it at all during the past season- either due to change in taste or if it’s no longer fashionable- out it goes.

2. When you buy something, consider getting rid of something ‘old.’

One in, one out. That’s my motto. It doesn’t always happen that way, but mostly if I buy something new, I try to get rid of something that used to be there. Recently, I ordered some boot-cut jeans from H & M. When they come in, I’ll get rid of my old boot-cut jeans that have holes and torn hems.

3. Be selective with what you buy.

Make a list of the clothing items you feel you can’t do without. If you haven’t already, decide on how you’d categorize your sense of style and make sure what you buy really goes along with that. If you like more ‘glam’ type clothes, a boring suit would never get worn and will lie dormant in your closet.

4. Organize your closet how YOU like it.

Once you’ve taken out clothes you don’t like, organize your closet so it’s easy to find what you want to wear. I try to organize mine by category (pants, sweaters, dresses are all separate) but I’ve heard of people color-coding their closets as well. I don’t know that would work for me, but it might be the answer you’re looking for!

5. Only buy what you need.

You don’t have to always buy practical clothing. It’s fun to buy the occasional crazy or fun item. But the more clothes you buy that can be recycled or worn in different ways, the less clothing you’ll need and the more outfits you can make. This will help keep the clutter in your closet down. Consider only buying clothes that can be used for more than one purpose, too. Recently, I’ve learned you can use a dress for both a blouse and a skirt.

I hope these tips have helped you come up with ideas for your own closet. These are steps I regularly use. Of course, I’m not perfect, and I don’t always have a perfectly organized closet, but these steps help me.

Until next time!