Prepping your wardrobe for a new season takes a few hours of your time but is worth every minute invested. So before you rush out and shop for new pieces to elevate your wardrobe, consider paying your closet a visit.
Twice a year, I overhaul my wardrobe area. I start by taking everything out of the closet. After eliminating the dust and garbage, I apply the familiar “give away, toss, sell” approach to assess each piece before, it makes its way back into the wardrobe. This process can be overwhelming, thus planning is key. To accomplish what needs to get done in my closet, I set aside about 2 uninterrupted hours. When the time comes to clean, I turn up the music, grab a mug of coffee and go to work.
1. Make Room
Make sure you have a few garbage bags on hand and begin by removing EVERYTHING from your closet. You want to start with a blank canvas.
2. Assess Every Garment
As you review each article, ask yourself the following questions:
- Have I worn it in a year?
- Is it time to replace it?
- Would I buy this piece today?
When you are uncertain if an item is a keeper, try the garment on. If a piece no longer fits, has holes, or is no longer your style, consider letting go.
3. Sort Everything Into 6 Piles
Consider replacing all of your hangers with black felt hangers, or at least, hangers of the same type.
Once all your garments are back in the closet, consider grouping similar garments together; i.e.: skirts, pants, dresses. Colorizing your garments within their related categories will allow you to locate them much easier. I find (THESE) clothing rack dividers from Amazon to be super helpful for organizing my closet by category as well as for weekly outfit planning.
5. Accessories, Handbags, and Shoes
Organize or hang accessories, handbags, and shoes front and center. I have found (THESE) clear shelf dividers from Target to be helpful for organizing handbags, sweaters, jeans or tees.
Why? We only wear what is in plain sight.
To conserve space, consider putting off-season accessories, handbags, and shoes in storage bins to bring around when the season turns.
A Helpful Final Tip:
Turn all of your hangers backward. When you remove something off the hanger to wear, turn the hanger around. After six months, you will see which clothes you don’t wear because the hanger will still face backward. At that point, determine if you wish to keep the unworn items or donate/resell them.
I hope this post was helpful if you’ve been looking to organize a closet or two in your own home. Prepping a closet for a new season takes a few hours of your time but is worth every minute invested.
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Hi SUZANNE, Love the post! FYI tHE first link goes to an adorable dog sweater but I think you wanted to direct it to some organizing shelving. Might want to redirect. XO margie
Hi Margie! Thanks for the catch! Yes, that link was supposed to go to my favorite closet bar dividers on Amazon…no idea where that cute dog sweater came from, LOL! I’ve got it fixed now…Happy Friday! xx Suzanne
What a good Idea to turn the hanger around! I have everything in my closets, Summer and winter clothing. So I only have to clean out twice a Year. And I always look out for things to give of throw away.
It sounds like you do not struggle with giving things away, that’s fantastic! Do you have any tips for getting rid of or donating items you no longer wear, but loved at one point?
The hanger idea is a good one for when you are really wanting to see what you wear. It’s amazing how little we really wear in our wardrobes!
Amy Kennedy says
Great ideas, Suzanne! This is a job on the docket for me! I have a Broken ankle I am recovering from so it will be slow going but I love the ideas you have suggested. I think I may find a lot in that closet I forgot I own!
Hi Amy! Sorry to hear about the broken ankle, what a bummer! I am always amazed at how much excess is in there once I dig in. I find it pretty easy to do the swap and cleanout. WHat I really struggle with is letting those last stragglers go…a designer dress I wore to an occassion and had a blast in – but will not wear again…pieces I loved at one time, but are no longer my style…it’s hard! BEst of luck with your recovery and your wardrobe edit!