How to Have a Love Affair...with Your Closet

Every morning when I open my closet, I hope to find Narnia...it hasn't happened yet, but I'll keep you posted. However, whether you are in search of Narnia or not, some closet Spring cleaning is a must! It saves your very precious time and energy in the morning. There are a million of articles out there about how to organize your closet, but here are 3 quick tips to get you started (best accompanied by a bottle of wine and your favorite music):

1. Edit, edit, edit--Separate clothes into four piles: soul-stirring, repair, give-away, and throw away. The soul-stirring pile is easy, you know you look fabulous in it, but it's probably best to try on everything else to decide if it's a keeper or not. If you really admire a piece but it's ill-fitting, send it to be altered. If you love it because it's a reminder of your college boyfriend or some other sentimental reason, box it up and store it somewhere else for two reasons...one, it's taking up valuable real estate, and two, so Mr. Right Now doesn't find it :)

2. Arrange it like a boutique--Divide clothes by style, dresses with dresses, tops with tops and so on. Or, divide it by color; this may seem like it's just for looks, but it's actually practical and one of the best ways to mix up your style. If you are used to pairing the same things together to create an outfit, this may be a good option. For instance, if you have items sorted by color, and you think your skirt or pants would look best with yellow, red, or green, you can sort through those array of colors to come up with a different combination instead of the same red top you usually pair with it.

3. Update seasonally--When you edit seasonally, it makes it so much easier to see which items you need for the upcoming season. Invite friends, make it a party, like in Sex in the City when Carrie Bradshaw was about to move in with Mr. Big, and tried on all her clothes for Charlotte, Miranda, and Samantha.

"I like my money right where I can see it...hanging in my closet." -Carrie Bradshaw, Sex in the City

Some other ideas for the more advanced closet organizer:

Make it bright-add lighting, and paint the walls a pale color so clothes stand out.

Add an ottoman-it looks cute, plus you have somewhere to sit when you put on your shoes.

Closet cleaning is not fun for most. However, weather you are the girl who vacuums her vacuum, or the girl who watches Hoarders and decides your living quarters are fine in comparison, cleaning out your closet is a must. It saves your very precious time and energy.

 

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