Welcome to Fall! This means pumpkins and cider and cooler weather. With the cooler weather coming, we're all going to be looking to put away our shorts and tank tops and pulling out our sweaters and long pants. So how do you make this process so easy and effective that you always know where everything is AND know everything will look great on you, too? These simple steps can help you get and stay organized and ensure your wardrobe is always looking its best!
Take It All Out: If you really want to create a simple system for your clothing, do it right the first time. Take every item you own out - this means your coats, hats, gloves, shoes, scarves, bathing suits, golf wear, hand bags, pants, shirts and sweaters out so you can see them all. What will this one simple step allow you to accomplish? You'll find out what you really have, create an easy but effective organizational system, clear out clutter and figure out what you actually need to get through the rest of the season thus preventing overbuying. Sound good? Great, read on for more simple steps.
Categorize Everything: It's so much easier to find everything when you've adopted an easy organizational system. Categorizing your clothing is just that, an easy organizational system. So keep sweaters together, pants together, shorts together and so on... Create as many categories as you can, so if you have several black sweaters, see if you can categorize them by black wool sweaters vs. black cotton sweaters, etc. The more you categorize your clothing, the more quickly you'll remember where they're stored, because they're always together! You'll always be able to quickly see what you have when you're ready to go shopping. Why buy another black turtleneck when you already own 5 you still like? Save your money for something you really want and/or really need.
Do I Really Love it?! This is by far the most important question to ask yourself in this process. If you have a shirt that you kept all summer long and never wore, the chances are is that you don't like it for some reason. Here are the reasons I got rid of 3 shirts from this summer: 1 shirt was too big on me, another I'd worn so many times over the 8 years I owned it that I just was bored with it and the last one was beginning to fall apart and I believe I deserve to only wear items that are in good condition. In the end, your real questions are: you excited to wear it? Which one's did you find a hole in or a stain or some other kind of unfixable mark on it? Which one's no longer fit and don't look good on you? You deserve to love what you wear and how you look in your outfit so do yourself a favor and be honest with yourself, and your wardrobe and let what you don't love and don't look great in go find a new home!
Easily Reachable Storage: Clutter isn't just about having too much stuff, it's about not finding it easy to put it away again once used. Think about it - if you keep something at the back top of a shelf, how often would you actually use it? How often would you feel motivated to put it back where you got it, especially if it's heavy and hard to put away? Store light items in higher places. Store electronics and heavy items near the bottom. Store items you use most often close by. Use the vertical storage method for clothing you keep in drawers to keep everything neat, easy to find, easy to store and to increase storage by nearly 50%. If possible, use clear plastic storage bins and label them to easily find everything quickly.
Use these tips and you'll find you can always find everything easily and when summer rolls around again, can you imagine how exciting it will be knowing that all you own are the items you can't wait to put back on! How does it get any better than that?!