Closets

Tips for a Closet Clean-Out

Hello Loves,

Is your closet overflowing but you never have anything to wear? Does it take you forever to find things? Is opening your closet doors and dressers drawers daunting at best? Yes, yes, yes?

Time to get real and get organized.

  1. If it is stained, torn, worn out, has an odor or damaged beyond repair- then trash it. Sometimes you just have to let go.
  2. There’s a time and place for everything. You may want to consider moving away from clothing that is not age appropriate.
  3. You haven’t worn it recently or maybe never at all and realistically you never will. Be honest, it’s time to say goodbye.
  4. A size too big or a size too small equates to too little room for what actually does fit.
  5. If you don’t like it you don’t need it. Why keep anything that you don’t like?
  6. Your clothing should make you feel beautiful and confident. If it doesn’t make you feel great, then out it goes.
  7. If it is no longer your style then it has no place in your closet. Break-ups are heartbreaking but life must go on.

Katie Anderson of modern-eve.com has put together an editing tree which I found incredibly insightful. Check it out: How to Successfully Purge Your Wardrobe.

xox, Elle

Shop Your Closet

You know the feeling before an event when you have no idea what to wear. Or maybe you are just so busy you put off shopping? Or perhaps, you just aren’t in a position purchase right now.  
Anticipating a friend’s wedding, panicked with no time to shop and coming down with a cold, I knew I would never find a dress in time. Solution- I shopped my closet. 

Did you retire that amazing black cocktail dress after you broke up with your ex? Umm, why? It looked amazing. Maybe it’s time to rethink that decision (the dress, not the boyfriend.) What about the gold heels you lovingly bought on sale only to later realize they matched nothing you owned. Oh wait, since then didn’t you buy a dress that would match them perfectly? Turns out you had the perfect outfit in your closet!
These are also great moments to get a bit adventurous. Don’t discount your favorite little black dress. A colorful scarf, killer heels, or that sequined evening bag from your cousin’s wedding can redefine a standby garment. Pair your fav daytime pencil girl with a sequined tank and slip on a leather jacket, stilettos and hello cocktails. 
Point is, don’t give up on what your own. Search for the buried treasure. Break the rules. You will be surprised what you find. 
(Tip: Properly storing cleaning and storing formal wear after each wear really pays off. Keep garments in garment bags to insure great condition. When you peak in, it’s like finding something new.) 

xox, Elle

Organize Your Closet Now

I am not, by nature, an overly organized person. Couple that my overly sentimental/ save everything mentality with my shopping addiction and then pack it into a 700 square foot apartment and you see where I am going. 

I hit my breaking point three years ago when my closets wouldn’t close. It was then I made it my mission to get organized. Before long I had shelves free, hanger space and a whole new outlook on space. How did I do it?

Throw It Out

  • Do you love it? 
  • Do you need it?
  • Do you use it?

You get my point.

Find It A Home

  • Donate it. 
  • Re-purpose it. (Tip: clean t-shirts, towels etc. that are not in the condition to be donated are perfect for cleaning.)
  • Give it away. If your sister, bestie, co-worker always loved those boots, why not give them to her. Make her smile. 

Ready, Set, Organize

  • Compartmentalize and stack. There are endless option from shelves (permanent or temporary,) baskets, totes, boxes, tension rods and racks. 
  • Non-slip hangers. Amazing. Available in a variety of colors.
  • Use specialized hangers for ties and scarves. Lifesavers.
  • Use garment bags for formal wear, full length, beaded/ sequined clothing and coats. 
  • Hang clothing facing in the same direction. 
  • Use vacuum seal bags for out of season clothes, spare comforters, towels, etc. You will be fascinated by the amount of space you discover.
  • Store shoes in original boxes, plastic boxes, shelves, or on sturdy shoe racks. Just no piles!
  • Most important, use a system that works for you. I can’t stress this enough. If it doesn’t make sense to you, seems overly complex or frustrating, you won’t follow through. 

(Tip: Label boxes, garment bags, boxes, etc. to save time looking for your items later. You won’t regret the upfront effort.)