6 Things To Do To Enjoy A Clutter-Free and Functional Wardrobe
Managing an overloaded closet is a hard task. Not only do you not find the stuff you are looking for, you also lose track of favorite outfits that languish at the back of the closet for months together.
The festive season is upon us and it is time that we brought some festive cheer to our closets as well. An organized, clutter-free and clean closet will help you feel relaxed and appreciate what you have better.
No girl suffers from the problem of having too many clothes, but that might seem farther from truth when you get down to organizing your wardrobe. There are several reasons why you seem like a clothes-hoarder, impulsive shopping and lack of financial discipline being the least of them.
Here are a few tips for you to trim down your burgeoning wardrobe to a mean, lean and sexy one.
1. Take Stock
Lack of attention and laziness are two of the biggest causes behind an unkempt wardrobe. You don’t pay attention to what is accumulating in your closet and are too lazy to set aside even a couple of hours a month to bring order into the chaos.
The problem of plenty arises not when you have too many of gorgeous outfits, but when a large chunk of your wardrobe is made of stuff that you won’t or can’t wear.
Pull out every single item including accessories form your closet and make a pile of them. Clean out the drawers and shelves and lay fresh liners. Toss in moth and insect repellents, and place cotton balls soaked with your favorite perfume or small cotton bags stashed with herbs like lavender or lemongrass in corner of shelves and drawers. They will help give a wonderful smell to your clothes when you get them back in again.
Next you have to start with sorting your outfits.
2. Know What You Own
Divide your clothes into separate piles of evening wear, daily/regular wear, office clothes, weekend wear and knits.
For each pile you can make a separate section or sub-pile for clothes that you do wear regularly. If you have worn the outfit once in last two years you can toss it into the sub-pile so that you know the ones that get the least attention from your side.
Neatly arrange the sub-pile of clothes that you wear and move them as away as possible from the rest of the stuff. Also, set aside the accessories that you love and use often separately.
3. Set out the Bins
The easiest way to purge your wardrobe is to decide whether you want to store, hang, donate or trash stuff.
Storage is easy and you might be tempted to dump everything that you are not currently using into this bin, but that’s not wise. Store non-seasonal clothes and clothes that you love, but may not wear in the coming six months, in the storage bin. You can also store special-purpose clothes like your maternity wear because it makes no financial sense buying them again if you are keen on having more kids.
Hang clothes that fit you well, look great on you, are in good condition and importantly, make you happy. If you have not worn a piece of clothing in the last couple of years it may be time for it to go into the donation bin. Also, if you do not enjoy an outfit or piece of clothing anymore, and do not feel happy wearing it, then it may be time to toss it. But if the item is very expensive, vintage or is a limited edition piece, then you may want to store it. You can revisit it in a year’s time and evaluate whether you still want to have it, and whether it is worth keeping.
Any torn, bleached, damaged or worn piece of clothing needs to be trashed. You also need to trash underwear that you no longer fancy.
4. Make Your Decision Regarding What Suits You
Next is the hardest part where you have to try out the remaining sub-piles of clothes to see whether they fit well and whether you enjoy wearing them anymore.
Many a time we spend a bomb on clothes and accessories that we think we will wear but never do. They remain in the closet forgotten. If you are not sure you will wear them in future or you wore then only a couple of times in the last few years, it might be a better idea to donate or sell them.
Keep the clothes you feel the best in and give you the right vibes. Having a few basic items of clothing that are well-fitting and of good quality will give you the foundation to build styles. Ensure you only stick with clothes that you love and feel happy wearing.
5. Take Help
Having your friend or mom over to help you decide what looks best on you will make decision-making easier. They will have a more objective, unsentimental and practical approach towards what you should purge and what needs to stay in your closet.
There are many things about our clothes and styles that are more evident to others than to us. With your friend or a professional stylist to help you, it will become easier to make decisions regarding suitable styles, colors and cuts.
Defining your style is the most effective and efficient way to work your way towards a leaner closet that offers wearable options.
6. Invest in Storage Solutions
Cleaning and organizing your wardrobe becomes easier when you have the right storage solutions.
Buying sturdy coat hangers, drawer dividers, extra rods in shelves, hanging organizers, garment hanger dividers, multi-purpose hangers and other handy storage solutions will work the best for you and help organize efficiently.
Organizing your wardrobe takes time and effort. Resourcefulness, innovativeness and creativity will help you achieve a closet that is functional as well as attractive. So remove clutter from your wardrobe today and begin to enjoy the clothes you own.
Nicola Reynor is a passionate blogger who loves to blog about fashion, beauty, travel, health, fitness, wedding and lifestyle trends. When in leisure time, she prefers to spend time in traveling with friends and family. Connect with her on Google+ and Twitter.