How to Organize your Closet

Begin by making a list of outfits. Choose two or three colors that mix and match. Spend a few days combining different tops with different pants or skirts. Keep the list for quick reference.

Make sure you have at least 2 or more hours to devote to cleaning. It’s a lengthy process, but it is very rewarding

Empty out your closet and dresser drawers completely. Lie items down on the bed or some flat surface (the floor; but make sure it is cleaned first) for easier sorting.

Label three boxes with a permanent marker: “Charity”, “Throw Away” and “Sew/Repair”.

Toss into the “Throw Away” box anything that is severely stained or otherwise ruined beyond repair

Ask yourself: Will I ever wear this? Does it even fit me? Have I worn it in the past year?

If the answer to the questions above are no, place the items that either don’t fit or you never wear into the “Charity” box. These have to still be wearable, so no horrible stains or rips/tears

Place any items into the “Sew/Repair” box only if you actually intend on getting them repaired in a reasonable amount of time. Otherwise, toss them into the “Throw Away” box

Seal the “Charity” box with duct tape. This ensures that you are not tempted to re-open it and change your mind. Be sure and promptly take the “Charity” box to the local charity or call the charity for pickup (if available). You don’t want a box full of clothes that someone else could use just cluttering up your house

Create outfits from whatever clothes that remain. Be sure to include any accessories you’ll use. [This will be easier when you have fewer clothes and can see what you have to work with.]

Make a note of any pieces that are missing (for example, a blouse to go with a blazer and slacks) in a notebook. Save this list for when you have time to go clothes shopping. You could even snip a very small swatch of the fabric from a hidden hem and attach it in the notebook to make matching items easier

Hang up, fold and put away whatever items remain, and put them in neatly!

Later on, take pictures of you wearing the items that you have left in your wardrobe as it wil help you save time when choosing what to wear

Or you could just email me and set up an appointment and I can do this with you!!!!!


March 9, 2010. March.

One Comment

  1. c_tyler replied:

    Sign me up girl – I’ll provide the wine if you help me sift through the clothing cavern that is my closet ; )

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