Is your closet packed with so many clothes that you can’t find what you need? Does it take you FOREVER to get dressed? Do you find yourself changing outfits before you finally happy with what you are wearing? Did you know that the average woman wears only about 20% off everything in her closet? The other 80% of clothes in a closet may be trends that are no longer in style, clothes that don’t fit or ones that we may have bought on a whim but no longer wear.
As we start the new year, now is a great time to assess our closets and “reboot” our closets so that you will love what you wear, have a neat and organized closet and get dressed quickly everyday!
Get your free Detox Your Closet worksheet below!
Here are a few tips to reboot your closet for the new year:
Use a Capsule Wardrobe
What is a capsule wardrobe? A “capsule wardrobe”, it is a set number of clothes that mix and match with each other 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 each season, you limit your shopping, therefore saving money! When a piece is worn or doesn’t fit right anymore, then shop for a replacement. You can find many capsule wardrobe articles here on ClassyYetTrendy.com. I also have several seasonal capsule wardrobe e-Books in my Capsule Wardrobe e-Book Store.
Having a closet packed full of clothes isn’t necessarily most efficient closet. If your closet is packed full of 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!
Since I have been using the capsule wardrobe concept for a few years now, I:
- Have saved $1,000’s each year from buying unnecessary clothes!
- Get dressed quickly
- Always wear my favorite clothes
- Have a neat closet
- Have many outfits ready to wear
You may be interested in:
How To Start A Capsule Wardrobe: A 5-Step Visual Guide
See the photo below! The photo on the left was my closet before I started using a capsule wardrobe. The photo on the right is how organized my closet is now…
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.
See more core closet essentials with these posts:
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
Download the free “Detox Your Closet” worksheet below to help you clean out your closet! Just click to open and save your device.
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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