Resolution Action: Clothes Closet

Over the weekend of January 1st, one of the Top 10 search terms on yahoo was "closet organizing." So I'm obviously right to include it in my most common areas of disorganization month. This week, I'll talk about a variety of types of closets. Today we'll look at your clothes closet. Tomorrow will be a storage closet. The home office closet will be featured on Wednesday and a swap from random storage to home office closet will be on Thursday. Now let's get your clothes in order!

As with all major organization projects, remember...it will get worse before it gets better.

But it will get better!

First, as always, pull everything out of your closet - arranging like with like. Clothes, jewelry, purses, hats, shoes, scarves, belts, whatever ya got.

Now lets look at your clothes - sort those down further into more specific categories - sleeveless, short-sleeved, long-sleeved, jeans, skirts, dresses, etc.

Next up, it's time to get rid of the things you don't need. For a piece of clothing to stay, think of the following things - Does it fit? Do you look good in it? Do you feel fabulous in it? Do you get compliments in it? The final goal here is to be able to grab absolutely anything in your closet and KNOW that it fits, looks good and feels good. If it doesn't - it goes.

Hanging onto an article of clothing "just in case" you lose the weight? How long has it been since you could wear it? Is it a style you'd even like if you could wear it again? Have you already implemented a lifestyle change of nutrition and exercise that you're sticking to and seeing results from? If not, let go. If you lose that much weight, you'll be so excited that you're going to want to go shopping anyway. Have some fat clothes you're hanging on to? DITCH THEM IMMEDIATELY!!! There's no need for that. Quite frankly, there is absolutely no need for you to have ANYTHING in your closet that doesn't fit and taunts you. You deserve better!

Now go through all of your accessories. Do your shoes still fit? Are they in good condition? When's the last time you used that clutch? Are all of the belts still good or are they looking worse for wear. Be ruthless. Remember, when everything in your closet is something in good condition, you love and look good in, it makes getting ready in the morning sooooo much easier.

If anything needs repairs or alterations, put them all in a stack and give them a deadline! If the deadline passes and you still haven't taken care of it, donate or trash it. That piece obviously doesn't mean enough to you to keep otherwise you would have taken care of it already.

Now let's put everything back!

  • When putting clothes back, keep them in their respective categories that you sorted them into earlier. It's also good to sort them by color. Yes, I know how OCD of me this sounds but it makes things super easy to find. Want that black, ruffled tank top - bam, there it is. Long sleeve, white wrap-around - voila! Clothing can hide behind each other so when it's sorted by type and color, it's easier to spot what you want, when you want it.
  • If you have a long, single rod, you can purchase a lower rod that will hang from that top rod. This allows you to better utilize your space. You can hang shirts above and pants below. (These are also great for little people's closets to that they can get to their clothes.)
  • If it's within your budget, buy matching hangars. It just makes everything look so much better and uniform. Plus, I'm very Mommie Dearest when it comes to wire hangars. I hate them. They screw up your clothes and give nasty dents.
  • Look at different shoe racks to find what works best in your closet - whether it's something that can hang from a rod, create a line along the bottom of your closet or a tower that utilizes some height in the closet.
  • How are you storing your jewelry? If you don't have a lot of space for a jewelry box or armoire, you can get a hanging jewelry bag. They're fantastic and take up very little space.
  • Scarves and belts hang easily on a belt rack. You can get one that hangs off the curtain rod or you can hang it from a nail on the wall. Wall mounted hat and coat racks also work well.
  • Do you have a lot of purses or clutches? Small purses can be held in magazine files, napkin holders or letter sorters. You can also utilize wall space and hang them from nails in the wall. I use tiny ones so it looks almost as if they're magically suspended.

Now, doesn't that feel better? Go get yourself a cocktail and celebrate!

Have a specific problem in your clothes closet that I didn't address? Ask it in the comments. If you're having the issue, I bet others are too.