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.)
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
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.)