tackle closet clutter

It’s often said that most people wear 80% of their clothes 20% of the time. Here are six tips for decluttering, organizing and maximizing closet space.

1) You should only have clothes in your closet that fit you and you feel good in. It’s safe to say that if you haven’t worn an item in a year, it’s shouldn’t be in your closet with the exception of special occasion wear.

2) A complete closet overhaul can be quite a daunting task to take on all at once. If you find yourself easily distracted or short on time try on 5 items a day. Those items you no longer want to keep put in a bag or basket to give away. This is also the time to remove items that need dry cleaning or mending.

3) Once you have decluttered your closet I suggest implementing the one-in-one-out rule. Once you buy something, something has to go.

4) Put like items together so you can see what you have and to avoid buying duplicate items or many items in the same color.

5) When you wear an outfit that you love and feel good in, take a picture. Save in a folder on your computer or print out and create an album of outfits you love. It will help you when you’re having one of those days when you can’t seem to find anything to wear.

6) Not sure how often you do or do not wear something? Turn all your hangers backwards, as you wear an item turn the hanger around. Evaluate what you have and have not worn at the end of each season.

2 Comments

  1. Sarah on February 18, 2012 at 9:20 am

    What closet system is being used in this picture? Love it!

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