Tag Archives: Organized closets

Living with Less: Eight Things to Keep in Mind When Organizing Your Closets or Wardrobes

 

“If you want to improve immediately, clean out a closet. Often it is what we hold onto that holds us back” –Cheryl Richardson

It is common knowledge that women generally gravitate towards clothes so much more than men. In fact, it has been shown that women tend to develop a penchant for clothes shopping much more than their male counterparts. After all, for years now, it has always been believed that fashion is more inclined to favor the fairer of the two sexes.

In this regard, women are notoriously stereotyped to have typically full closets that are, more often than not, bursting at the seams. Unfortunately, while there is nothing wrong about a woman’s affinity for clothes, having way too many apparel pieces tend to create a confusing situation wherein you have more clothes than you do have space in your wardrobe and closet spaces. If you are faced with the predicament of choosing between your prized clothing pieces and the little space in your wardrobe, then yes, you have a problem. More importantly, if you regard the area in your closet as prime real estate and yet you cannot seem to curb your clothes hoarding obsession, then you might need to address that rather pressing concern first.

While there is nothing wrong with developing a habit for purchasing clothes on a whim with no particular occasion in mind, if you are constrained to the space of a rather diminutive closet, you might want to rethink your buying habits. After all, there is no point in trying to arrange the contents inside the limited space of your closet when you are only going to be bringing more clothes to stuff it with. So, before you even think of organizing your clothes, it would make sense if you curbed or at least addressed your clothes shopping addiction.

In any case, if you are someone who has ever had the misfortune of attempting this endeavor, you would note how incredibly challenging it would be. Apart from managing to fit all of your clothes into your wardrobes, you would be faced with the perhaps the most challenging task in your life (particularly if you are a fashionista): determining which clothing items should stay and which ones should go. However, know that this is a necessary—pivotal even—step when it comes to organizing a closet. After all, apart from setting the pace for a more organized closet, it mentally prepares you for the task ahead.

Resultantly, it helps you establish a positive outlook about the endeavor despite letting go of some clothes. In any case, whether you have filled your closets with apparel pieces from various streetwear wholesale distributors or other retail stores, here are some of the things to keep in mind when it comes to organizing it:

 

1.) Ask yourself this golden question

It has been said that the best way to organize your closet is to picture yourself shopping in it. This technique helps you determine which items should stay and which ones should go and whether or not some items are even worth your time. Pick out the items piece by piece and ask yourself, “If this was sold in a retail shop, would I add it to my cart and buy it?” If the answer is no, then you should probably discard it or give it away. This technique would allow you to scale back the contents of your closet by twenty-five percent.

2.) Stay Coordinated

Another excellent question to help you determine whether a piece should stay or not is to ask yourself whether it matches at least three other things you currently own. In this regard, you would refine the way you curate clothes insomuch that you would only be keeping those that are coordinated with the rest of the contents of your closet—or at least three other items in it. Asking yourself this very important question would also help you improve your clothing shopping curation better as it enables you to choose three of the same basic items that would be a great match to any of your ensembles.

3.) Invest in Good Storage

Now that we have got the decluttering task well underway, it is time to think about your closet space. After you have a smaller pile of closet and wardrobe pieces to work with, it is recommended that you invest in closet “infrastructure” to keep things organized, neat and easy to locate whenever needed. Of course, how you utilize these infrastructures would be up to your taste and space but keep in mind that optimal closet space should be prioritized over aesthetics.

4.) Buy Appropriate Hangers

Most people make the mistake of thinking that hangers are universally appropriate on all sorts of clothes. However, this misconception needs to be addressed as not only does it take up so much prime real estate closet space; it tends to damage your clothes as well. Ideally, felt hangers are better for clothes with delicate fabric while your more durable clothing items can withstand plastic and wooden hangers. Steer clear from wire hangers as it stretches out the shoulder parts of most clothes. To address space-saving issues, use hangers with multiple bars so that you can hang pants and jeans in a single piece.

5.) Use Vertical Space

If you think out of the box, you will find that your closet has a wealth of space-saving possibilities. Your closet doors are prime examples of things that you tend to neglect when it comes to space-saving solutions—a major oversight. Your closet doors could actually double up as storage areas for belts, scarves, bags and even shoe-organizers. Just install hooks on the inside of your closet door, and you can already clear up floor space.

6.) Use clear containers or drawers to store less used items

Let us face the truth: We cannot realistically use every piece in our closets—even if we wanted to. In this regard, the things that are less frequently used would tend to take up a lot of closet space. To address this issue, place clear plastic drawers or boxes either in your topmost shelf or on the floor of your closet. In this way, they are still within your reach and are accessible but without cluttering your otherwise full closet.

7.) Have your favorite pieces on display

While some people would argue that all of their clothes are their favorites, all of us tend to favor particular apparel pieces so much more than the rest. These are the pieces we find ourselves wearing over and over again regardless of how old it is. To ensure that these pieces are easily accessible, put them on display or at least in a place where you can easily see. If you have a shoe collection with a signature designer pair you would love to show off, let it double up as a room décor and dedicate a display space for it. Apart from freeing up closet space, it allows you to expand your realm of design possibilities by letting your favorite closet pieces function as décor as well.

8.) Put dividers in your drawers

To maximize the space in your closet drawers, invest in a few good closet dividers that would help you store more pieces in a single drawer. Apart from maximizing space, drawer dividers help you keep your closet drawers neat and organized. More importantly, it helps you locate your intimates, socks, scarves, and other accessories better as these would allow you to segregate them.
Now that you have a neatly organized closet, your next task is to maintain it. Unfortunately, this is easier said than done. Maintain that level or cleanliness and dedication by sticking to your advocacy of a less-cluttered life. Remember that the first step towards a perpetually clean and organized closet is to keep track of the items inside your closet and how you store it. However, know that closet entropy is likely to ensue if you do not actively employ practices and habits that keep your wardrobes clean and organized.

It can be rather easy to spiral down towards your closet’s natural disorderly state, but if you did a little lifestyle check every single day, you would find that you can gradually work your way to a manageable and less cluttered closet. In this regard, keep yourself from purchasing more clothes than can realistically fit your closet. More importantly, do not rip out all the hangers in trying to come up with a single ensemble if you cannot even commit to putting them back. Plan your outfits ahead of time. These actions may seem small, but ultimately, they will become habits that would culminate in better, healthier and more organized closets.

 

Image Source

Better Style: Six Plausible Reasons Why You Have a Closet Full of Clothes without Having Anything to Wear

 


“Always dress like you are going to see your worst enemy.” –Kimora Lee Simmons

 

Whether they wish to admit it or not, all women have been guilty of possessing a closet full of clothes and have the pressing dilemma of having quite nothing to wear.

Quite the enigma, is it not? Having wardrobes teeming with clothes and yet thinking you have absolutely nothing to wear. Sure, you might have the trendiest tops, the latest streetwear clothing, and even the most in-demand sartorial items and yet you find yourself in the midst of a clothing predicament. In this regard, you begin questioning yourself: How do I have nothing to wear when I barely have any room in my closet for clothes?

Well, the truth is far simpler than fashion pundits might lead you to believe and some of the most common reasons for this quandary are found below. However, when you do find yourself asking the very same question on an everyday basis the moment you come up with a sartorial ensemble for the day, you might want to revisit and then reevaluate your clothing options. Do be careful not to treat this problem by aggravating it in buying more clothes as this will only serve, as a temporary band-aid solution to what could be a potentially immense fashion dilemma. Sit yourself down and take a long and hard look at your wardrobes. If you find yourself to relating to any of the standard reasons stated below, perhaps their respective solutions will be of some use to you as well:

1.) You have not purged your closet for years

While you might have heard of the minimalist movement when it comes to fashion, you do not have to do anything as drastic if you are not prepared to make that sartorial commitment. However, it would do your closet a world of good if you adapted the idea of expunging your closets from unused clothes from time to time. No one is saying that you should start acclimatizing to a closet of only 30 clothing items. But if you have sartorial items that your grandmother used to rock in the seventies, then you might have a hoarding problem, and purging can very much benefit you, your closet and your fashion sense.

2.) Most of your clothes do not fit

It does not matter whether you have lost or put on some weight, but you have your reasons for keeping them around in your closet. More often than not, they are meant to inspire you to lose a kilo or more so that you can fit into them or perhaps encourage you to put on more weight so that you can finally rock them. Unfortunately for you, these clothes are doing the exact opposite by taunting you and reminding you of where you fall short when it comes to your weight. Best to get rid of them while you still can.

3.) You have way too many clothes that were given as presents

Your grandmother might have given you a sweater that never really suited your style and do not have intentions of wearing for like…ever. So, what is the reason while you are still keeping these around? Well, some individuals think it might be the only polite thing to do. While this is all well and good for a few clothes here and there, it would be an entirely different case if you hoarded the lot of them. There is absolutely no harm in giving some of those clothes away—particularly if they do nothing for you and does not really suit your style identity. After all, it is not like any of them will raid your closet the next time they visit and look for that one specific gift they have given you.

4.) You shop impulsively

We have all been there at one point in our lives, and in one way or another, it has to lead us to acquire some fashion items—even if we never really cared for them. We might be accompanying a friend on a shopping excursion and who wished to find the perfect cocktail dress for an officemate’s wedding or we might have simply found ourselves wandering around the mall only to lo and behold, end up in a clothing boutique. If you relate to either of the two, you might want to think twice before taking that clothing item to the checkout counter. Ask yourself first if you really need it and if you were not to buy it today, would you still be thinking of it tomorrow? If the answer is yes to both questions, then go ahead and indulge yourself. However, if you answered in the negative in either of the two, you might want to put it back on the rack. After all, you are not buying it for you. You are just buying it to pander your whims.

5.) You have kept all of your favorite clothes

We all have clothing items that we favor above the rest and more often than not, we keep them—regardless of whether they are still in a condition to be used or not. To some, these items hold sentimental value and can be a little difficult to let go of—after all, they are your favorites, you have had them for years, and you love them to bits. Unfortunately, holding on to these clothes is precisely what is holding you back from having a better style. While they might be a little hard to let go of, do know that you are bound to find new favorite clothes after you have made the firm decision to purge your wardrobe.

6.) You have lots of clothes that are more or less the same

We might find ourselves gravitating towards a specific style, but that in no way means that you should fill your closet with at least thirty pieces of the same style clothing. If you truly wish to elevate your style game, then you should advocate clothing diversity for your closet. Unless you want to sport one signature look forever, you need to change it up every once in a while and to do that; you will need more varied clothes in your closet.

 

While breaking these habits might a bit hard to do, realizing that they do exist is the initial step towards working on a goal to eliminate them. If you find yourself relating to any of the statements above, you might want to reassess the way you shop and the way you see fashion as a whole. After which, little by little you can start adapting style changes into your daily habits, eradicate former bad fashion practices and finally have a closet with a myriad of clothing options.

Image Source