Organizing your closet is not about which kind of hanger you use, or how fancy your built ins are. It’s about keeping your clothes. More precisely, it’s where your wardrobe lives when it’s not on your body.
I’ve seen all kinds of closets, from a rod behind a curtain, to a large walk in that included an in closet laundry room. Some were overstuffed and some had a few things on hangers and a heap on the floor. The one thing that stands out for me is that having a plan is the single most important factor in creating a functional closet.
Even an organized closet can benefit from a little planning. It will help establish a rotation system for your wardrobe so the closet stays easy to use for a long time.
Knowing these 3 things will make weeding out your clothes, deciding what to wear, shopping and laundry much easier.
1. Your wardrobe needs to fit in the space you have – your own closet. Using the closet itself as the space limiter will keep you from over cluttering your wardrobe. How much is enough?
Think about dressing for the life you want. What kind of outfits does that life require. A few great, just right, outfits will serve you much better than a bunch of clothes that almost but don’t quite work for your life.
2. How much money do you spend on your clothes and accessories? How much money does it cost to take care of those clothes? Trips to the dry cleaner, alterations, laundry, extra hangers, dusting, single purpose items, can actually add hundreds of dollars to the cost of your wardrobe.
How much redundancy is in your wardrobe? Grouping like things together will help you see that even though you have several black shirts, only 3 of them are go to pieces. How much is it costing you to store all those clothes you don’t wear?
It turns out that having fewer pieces allows you to get use out of them, then you can replenish with items that are actually in style as they wear out.
3. How much time do you spend taking care of, fighting with, and shopping for clothes and accessories? Did you have to try on more than one option to get your outfit together this morning? Did another shirt slip off the hanger as you were looking for the one you wanted?
How many of the options you tried make it back onto the hanger or into the drawer once you decided against it? How often do you go clothes shopping, or pick something up that you hadn’t planned on just because it was at the store and so were you? How long on average does it take you to put the new clothes away and then to wear them?
That’s a lot of time. What if your new plan was to keep only great on you and for your lifestyle clothes in one closet and didn’t switch out for seasons? Just let the lighter clothes move naturally front and center as you wash and wear them, as summer comes on?
On average my clients save 2 days a year by implementing this concept!
So, now that I’ve got you thinking, write a few things down. These decisions will help you purge the stuff that doesn’t work for you and keep you from overdoing it again in the future.
To Further help put it all in perspective, remember that until the 1940’s most people only owned 3 outfits and homes were built without closets. Also, you wear 20% of your clothes 80% of the time. It doesn’t matter if you have 2 outfits or 200. How much space can you free up with a plan?