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How To Declutter Your Closet For Summer – Purging Tips!

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Summer is here, and if you have not had time to conquer your closet yet, there is no better time than now. An unorganized closet can equate to clutter, tardiness, and stress…who has time for that?

How To Organize Your Closet For A Guilt-Free Wardrobe

Your closet is no place for guilt! Every item in your wardrobe should make you feel amazing and proud of your investment, not the other way around.  It’s time to streamline your life and feel amazing about your beautifully organized closet!

With a little work, some closet therapy, and daily maintenance, you can save yourself a great deal of stress.  Any good closet organization project starts with going through your closet and ridding yourself of items that you no longer need, use, or should be wearing.

Below, we’ve listed 3 closet decluttering steps necessary for you to achieve a guilt-free wardrobe. Leave a comment below telling us your wardrobe organization strategies!

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Step 1: Purge and Plan

Start by going through your closet and deciding what items you need to get rid of and what items are questionable.  If you don’t wear it, pass it on and don’t let it clutter your life. We often hold onto hope that we will wear something again, but that item often continues to sit in our closets and causes nothing but guilt every time we happen upon it. Free yourself, your mind, and your closet…if you haven’t worn it in a year – give it away! Remember to always give away items, rather than throw away, because you never know who might be able to use your hand-me-downs! 

Follow the closet purging tips below to help you decide what needs to go:

  • Analyze Everything: invite a friend over, try everything on, and take pictures of yourself. Be subjective. If an item of clothing doesn’t make you feel amazing when on, get rid of it – no matter how expensive, stylish, or amazing off the hanger something might look, if its not right for you, it doesn’t belong in your closet.
  • Think Creatively: some items can be salvaged but will need some creativity, a good tailor, or a needle and tread. Set aside anything that requires a new button or needs repairs, and take care of it now! Never put damaged items back in your closet. If items have potential, take them to a tailor to have them custom fitted. Or, consider shortening, hemming, or altering items to make them more stylish/wearable.
  • Mark Maybes: for questionable items that you just can’t make up your mind about, try a hanger or labeling system. Have all of your hangers facing one way and as you wear items turn the hangers around. As the year progresses you will realize what you have not worn and can toss them. You might also try marking maybes with a post-it and utilizing the same system.

Step 2: Implement

After you have the items you want to keep, devise an organization system that works for you. Try these simple tips to help organize all the items in your closet.

  • Accessories: roll up belts, gloves, and other small accessories and keep them in a drawer. Belts can often become tangled up so keep them separated and easy to gaze over.

Roll belts and store in a drawer with other accessories

  • Scarves: try using a tie hanger/organizer for scarves. This is an easy way to hang and display your scarves so that they are organized and easy to find.

Hang / Tie scarves so you can easily see them

  • Shoes: make your shoes visible. If you love shoe boxes, put a picture on the shoe box. If you can’t see them, you are unlikely to wear them. You might try buying a shoe hanger system and place off-season shoes in an under-the-bed container to maximize space.
  • Shelves: utilize shelves. Items like jeans, sweaters, and tee shirts can be much more easily organized and save you space by organizing on a shelf. Try labeling a shelf for jeans. Use categories like skinny, trouser, straight leg, etc. Then, place your jeans on a shelf according to the right label so that you can easily see style and color.

Use shelves to accommodate folded sweaters

Label jeans and display them neatly on a shelf

Step 3: Maintain

A well-organized closet stays well organized because of constant maintenance. Below are some organization rules to live by.

  • Never drop clothes on the floor and leave them there.
  • Take 5 minutes a day to inspect your closet and ensure that everything stays organized.
  • Have a special bin for items that need repair and constantly evaluate.
  • If you find yourself always feeling blah when you wear a certain outfit or always passing something over even after trying it on, let it go.
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Fawn Cheng

In a day and age where first impressions can make or break a deal, Fawn Cheng, personal stylist, is an uber savvy champion of fashion and style. Fawn has a certification in Image Consulting from the London Image Institute, is a regular contributor on Good Morning Arizona, and has been featured as a host, speaker, and blogger across the United States. Please visit www.fawncheng.com for more information. Send Fawn a tweet! @fawncheng

2 Comment

  1. I always try to get rid of my old stuff but somehow end up buying new stuff and the mess never ends ;-). Recently I got a walk-in-closet  installed by a company called 
    http://www.organizedinteriors.ca/ in Toronto. They did a pretty neat job. I hope this helps me to organize my clutter.

    •  ooh! Luckky you, will have to check those walk-in closets out!

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