Does your closet need attention? Is a mix of lots of patterns and prints, some that you haven’t worn in a while? Is you closet messy that it’s difficult to see everything in order to pick an outfit to wear? Did you know that the average woman wears about 20% of everything that is in her closet? We tend to pick clothes that we love to wear and that we feel comfortable wearing. The other 80% of your clothes may be trends that are no longer in style, clothes that don’t fit right, clothes that are worn or even clothes that we may have bought on a whim and no longer wear. In this post, you will find out how to reboot your closet so you will love what you wear, have a neat and organized closet and get dressed quickly everyday!
With a new year, comes a fresh start! You can start fresh with your closet! Here are a few tips to get your closet rebooted and organized for the new year.
Use a Capsule Wardrobe
What is a capsule wardrobe? A “capsule wardrobe”, it is a set number of clothes that can mix and match with one another to create many outfits. Typically, you wear a capsule wardrobe for 3 months, then at the end of those 3 months, you update it for the next season. By having a set number of clothes per season, you limit your shopping, thus saving money! When a piece is worn or doesn’t fit right anymore, then shop for a replacement. You will find capsule wardrobe ideas everywhere on the internet, including here on ClassyYetTrendy.com. I also sell several seasonal capsule wardrobe e-books in my Capsule Wardrobe e-Book Store.
Having a closet packed full of clothes isn’t necessarily the best closet to have. If your closet is stuffed with clothes, then chances are you may not can find what you are looking for. You may feel overwhelmed by too many clothes to choose from. Or, you may have clothes in your closet that you haven’t worn in a l-o-n-g time. I know, because my closet used to be this way! I have been using the capsule wardrobe concept for about two years now…and, I have saved $1,000’seach year from buying unnecessary clothes! I rely on my capsule wardrobe every season to get dressed quickly, always wear my favorite clothes, have a neat closet, have many outfits ready to wear and save money too. See the photo below. The photo on the left used to be my closet before I started using a capsule wardrobe. The photo on the right is how organized my closet is now…
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How To Start A Capsule Wardrobe
1. Use your Core Closet Essentials
An efficient closet that yields dozens of outfits consists mostly of Core Closet Essentials. What are core closet essentials? They are clothes that are mostly solid, neutral colors, in basic styles that are classic and timeless. I talk about core closet essentials a lot here on the blog! They make up the core of our closet…the foundation in which we build a wardrobe upon.
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Did you know you can have a closet of just core closet essentials that will last the whole year? With the Simplified Style capsule wardrobe eBook, just 50 clothes and shoes makes up the perfect wardrobe! There are convenient shopping links for regular-size, plus-size and ethical/sustainable clothing brands, plus over 400 outfit ideas!
2. Limit the number of patterns in your closet
Having too many clothes with patterns limits your outfits possibilities. Choose 1 to 3 clothes per season to wear, then pair them with your core closet essentials to create many outfits.
3. Invest in quality clothes
When possible, invest in well-made clothes. They don’t have to be expensive (stores like Nordstrom, Madewell, J Crew, J Crew Factory and Loft are just a few stores that sell quality clothes), but make sure the fabric is of good quality, the stitching is solid and that it doesn’t require a lot of maintenance to keep clean.
Clean Out Your Closet
1. Donate gently worn items you no longer wear
Items that are gently worn can be donated to a local charity or thrift store. It benefits those who need them, plus you will consolidate your wardrobe.
2. Sell items you no longer wear and make money
You can sell your clothes, shoes and accessories that you no longer wear in consignment shops or online at sites like Poshmark, eBay and Thredup. You can earn some money back plus be on your way to a neat closet!
3. Get rid of clothes you haven’t worn in a year or more
If you have not worn some of your clothes and shoes in a year or more, chances are you may not wear them again. Rather than them just sitting in your closet, either donate, sell or toss them, depending on their condition. Clothes that are heavily worn or torn that cannot be donated or sold may can be repurposed; for example, a worn tee can be cut and used as cleaning rags!
4. Get rid of duplicates
Having too many of the same item in your closet, fills up your closet and leads to decision fatigue! Rather than having 5 pair of black skinny jeans, keep your favorite pair and either give the others to a friend, donate or sell them.
5. Only keep items you love wearing and feel confident in
By keeping only the items you love wearing, you will love what you wear everyday and you can also get dressed quickly. Wearing clothes that we love and feel good in gives us confidence too!
6. Store off-season clothes in crates or bins
Have you ever heard the term, “Out of sight, out of mind?” When it comes to your wardrobe, the least amount of clothes and shoes you see in your closet will eliminate decision fatigue. If you use a seasonal capsule wardrobe (I have several available in the Capsule Wardrobe eBook Store) and keep 35 or less clothes and shoes in your closet at a time, and all the others stored away, you will have a neat and organized closet and you’ll be able to get dressed everyday in minutes! You can use storage bins or crates with lids to store your off-season clothes and shoes, then stack them on either side of your closet or under your bed.
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