Do you REALLY know what is in your closet? I thought I did, but you know when it is time to organize your closet and see what you truly have. I went shopping, picking up some nice pieces at H&M, Nordstrom, and J. Crew only to find out that I had some very similar pieces already in my closet.
I guess you could look at it two ways:
- I’m consistent in my taste of clothing and consistency is good, right?!?
- I really need to delve into my wardrobe and become a bit more familiar with it!
What is a closet audit, you ask?
Time to really get to know what hangs in your closet; what’s stuffed in your drawers (and on the top shelves that you can’t see).
I’d recommend putting aside some quality time for this event, possibly consider inviting a trustworthy friend or family member over for this…you want someone that is going to give you their honest opinion about how each piece looks on you, whether you need it, etc.
Take everything out of your closet. If you think there is too much to take out all at once, start with one type and we’ll work our way through the rest! For example, let’s start with jeans. You’re going to make four piles – keep, donate, sell, and throw away.
- Check all pairs for stains or (unintentional) rips. If any pairs meet those two “requirements”, toss them into the “throwaway” pile.
- Try on all remaining pairs. Check their fit on your waist, length, inseam, etc. If they are a bit short, would they look good as cut-off shorts? If they don’t fit but are in great condition you may want to consider selling them online – toss them in the “sell” pile (future post on this!). If not, they go into the “donate” pile.
- Be realistic – when was the last time you wore each pair? If you haven’t worn them in the past 6 – 12 months (MAX), then you may want to reconsider keeping them.
- All jeans that you have now decided to keep should be washed and put back in the closet. I personally fold my jeans, but some people like to hang them. I think it all depends on the available space.
Once you have done this for your t-shirts, shorts, dress pants, jackets, dresses, sweaters, blouses, tank tops, etc. you should have a better idea of what you DO have and what you need, if anything.
After you’ve gone through your shoes and decided which ones fit and are in good condition (the ones that need repairing should be put aside to go to the cobbler), you need to figure out which organization style works best for you and your closet space.
One way to organize your shoes is to keep them in the shoeboxes they came in and affix a photo of the shoes to the front of the box. This will allow you to see what’s inside and protect the shoes from dust, etc. at the same time. Pile them as high as you can go on shelving or on the floor.
Idea #2 is similar to idea #1 where you store the shoes in boxes but in this case, you would store the shoes in clear plastic shoe boxes like the one below. You may want to still take photographs and affix them to the front of the box OR if the box is clear enough you may be able to see what’s inside and not have to.
Let’s say you don’t have the room to store the shoes in boxes on shelves (or you’re like me and toss the boxes as soon as you get the shoes home). If you have the wall space, create a wall of shelves about 6-8″ between each one, and line your shoes up! Pair them heel to toe to create a bit more space on the shelf.