How many times have you stood in your closet, spending time you don’t have, trying to find something to wear?
It adds so much stress to your already hectic morning. amiright?
Today, I’m sharing how a simple closet makeover can take you from stressed out to super confident.. It’s kind of like magic.
How to Organize Your Closet Like a Pro
It doesn’t matter how organized your closet is if you don’t like your clothes. So, we need to get rid of everything we don’t wear. Get rid of clothes that:
- fit poorly
- aren’t comfortable
- were a regrettable or impulse buy
- gifts you don’t love
- don’t wear with confidence
- are damaged
As you sort, be honest with yourself about whether you’ll make the time to get something altered or repaired. If you decide you will, put the items in your car and set a reminder on your calendar.
H&M accepts clothes donations from any brand, in any condition. Just just look for the collection box in all stores.
If you discovered an item you hadn’t worn because it was lost in the shuffle, hang it with the hook facing backwards. When you wear that item, return it with the hanger facing the right way. But, if after 3 to 6 months, depending on your climate and how long seasons last, if the hanger is still hanging backward, it’s time to donate the item.
Store off season clothing in bins on the top shelf of the closet or in a spare bedroom closet.
I’m not going to tell you to donate the too small or too big clothes, because I know weight fluctuates, sometimes as much as a size up or down. So, keep those size clothes.
Pro Tip: Use tags to separate your clothes by size. The tags don’t have to be fancy. Post-it notes or washi tape will work just fine.
Now, let’s talk about the clothes that are several years old and several sizes too small. They represent another time in your life.
Looking at your past everyday sends a negative message to your brain, suggesting who you are now isn’t good enough and keeps you from enjoying the present. Do yourself a favor, and start living in the moment. Donate those clothes to someone who needs them right now. If you do lose enough weight to wear that size again, treat yourself to some new clothes.
This might be the most important part of the process. Curating clothes you enjoy wearing, that fit well, are flattering and comfortable to wear is like having a fairy godmother wave her magic wand and turning you into the princess of the ball.
There’s just nothing like feeling pretty, and feeling good about yourself does so much for your confidence. Not only do you deserve to feel confident again, your children deserve a confident mother and your spouse a confident partner.
So, only keep clothes that you feel confident and comfortable in and that suit your current lifestyle. If you need support and accountability in the curating process, I highly recommend the Style Challenges by Get Your Pretty On. I’ve participated in the GYPO Style Challenges for the past 18 months and have curated a wardrobe I love.
Allow yourself time to create a wardrobe you truly love. The journey is actually very rewarding as you rediscover you and awaken your style.
I use my closet for my capsule clothing. Pajamas, workout clothes and lounge wear in the dresser in my bedroom.
Decide how you want to store what. For example, folded t-shirts or hanging? There is no right or wrong answer. It’s truly up to you and the space you have.
Try a file folding method to make best use of space. It also allows you to see everything at a glance.
Pro Tip: Hang a reusable shopping bag on a hook or hanger to collect donations. When the bag is full, take it to be donated.
I like to group hanging clothes by color. To make it easy to remember, I use the order of the rainbow… Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, Violet ( R O Y – G – B I V) and add neutrals like white and black at the beginning or end.
The key to a successful organization system is one you will use. So, if color coordinating, or certain folding techniques are too complicated to maintain, then skip it. The goal is for your closet to serve you, not the other way around.
Keep in mind, you will need to tweak the system and tidy up every now and then, because life happens and circumstances change.
My favorite part about having a curated closet is seeing my style and personality reflected back at me. Instead of seeing a closet full of nothing to wear, I see all kinds of possibility. No matter what I outfit I put on, it’s like slipping into a superhero cape or a fancy ball gown. I step out of my closet confident and ready to shine.
Now, it’s your turn, friend.
See you in class,
p.s. If the purging process feels overwhelming, get the help of a professional organizer with this free cheat sheet.