Spring cleaning…closet organizing…wardrobe makeover. Organizing is a process, you don’t do it once and it’s done, right? I love to help people shop in their own closets, mix and match what they already own, and update their wardrobe with new pieces or accessories. You don’t need to get rid of everything. Start by taking EVERYTHING out of your closet and laying it out nearby. Put anything that you are willing to let go of in a bag for donations, consignment sales, etc. Place anything that needs cleaning or alterations in another bag, and put that in your car immediately. Before you reorganize the items and put them back in your closet, take stock of what you have…do you love it? Does it make you look terrific today? Would adding a new jacket or scarf in a bold color make it look like a new outfit? What about a trendy bangle bracelet, new sandals, or a cute straw bag? Send me your photo and I’ll give you some ideas!
You will be less stressed if you are able to find things easily in your closets. That means, using a system that works for you and your lifestyle. Some people like to group their clothing by color. Other ways to organize would be according to type of function: casual, work & professional, dressy & formal and so on. There is no right or wrong way as long as it works for you. The best way to start is simply schedule time to do this, first. When you get started make sure that you have the following: 1. space to lay your closet contents out so that you can see everything, designate an area for only those items that you are keeping, 2. one container or bag for items that need to be discarded, one for donations, and one for laundering, repairs or alterations, 3. a bag for dry cleaning hangers…return them to the cleaner they can be reused, 4. a container or bin for skirt, pant hangers, and one for dress, top hangers, 5. a vacuum cleaner to get into those exposed nooks and crannies. Take a group of items out at a time, immediately sorting each one. TIPS: ** If it doesn’t fit now and hasn’t in the past year…donate. ** If you have multiple versions of the same item such as jeans or tee shirts, discard the dated, torn, and faded ones. ** If you still love it and you still wear it, keep it. Remember to ask yourself, “does it make the body that I have today look good?” One way to be objective about making this decision is to recall if you feel great when you wear it, and if you receive compliments when you wear it!
Outside In Organizer Professional Organizing and Makeover offers wardrobe makeovers. When organizing your closet it is a perfect opportunity to sort out things that could still be worn, but updated through alterations, accessorizing, and pairing different items together. It’s like shopping in your own closet!