New Year’s resolutions are hard to keep, but so worthwhile when looking back at them if you do! Maybe yours is related to finding a style and wardrobe items that work with your job/lifestyle/needs. If so, stick around, because I’m going to try out a series during the month of January called “New Year, New Closet.” Every Thursday in January, I will feature a post that relates to cleaning out your closet and building it back up again. This won’t be a huge commitment of time and/or money, but will help start the new year off on the right foot with a clean closet and a fresh outlook on style (and who doesn’t want that).
Today is the first step towards that. We’re talking about cleaning out your closet (not the Eminem song) to build the foundation that is your wardrobe. Set aside an hour or two (maybe even this weekend!) to fully clean out your closet, dressers, shoe piles, jean stacks, etc. I also forget to look at my shorts and tank tops when doing this, so be sure to do a complete review.
Here are the steps that I take when organizing and cleaning out my closet:
- Go through everything. This means trying all items on (especially if you haven’t worn them in a year or more) and making sure it still fits, doesn’t have holes or stains that can’t be fixed, and still fits with your current/future self.
- Once you try it on, put the item in four piles: keep, sell (eBay, consignment shop, local thrift store, etc.), donate (Goodwill, Salvation Army, a friend’s closet, etc.), and trash. Be ruthless about your choices. If it doesn’t fit, it goes. If you haven’t worn it in a year but really want to keep it, make a goal to wear it in the next 30 days. If you don’t, it goes.
- Be on the lookout for classic staples that can be foundation pieces. Good-fitting black pants, the perfect little black dress, the classic white dress shirt, jeans that are just right, etc. Keep these, but only if you are going to wear them and they fit.
- Bag up the items for the last three piles (keep, sell, and trash) and set aside for a later time when you have time to take care of these.
- With the keep items, hang them on hangers; fold them up to put in shelves or drawers; line up shoes on shelves or racks; store scarves and belts in bins or racks; put away seasonal items into your seasonal storage (if you do this); and give your closet floor a good vacuum. I like to hang everything by color, but other methods work too (sleeve length; types of tops, season, etc.). It is all about what works for you!
Those are pretty simple ways to get the job done, and once they are complete, you’ll have a clean closet and a sense of accomplishment (and it is only the first week!). I’ll be back next week with a post on closet staples, and then the real fun starts in Weeks 3-5.