How many different outfits do you try on before settling on something and heading out the door?  Two?  Five?  Who has time for that!  If you find yourself taking longer than 10 minutes to get dressed in the morning, your closet could be in need of a re-org.  An organized closet can help you find the clothes, shoes and accessories you are looking for, put together outfits more quickly and creatively, and eliminate unnecessary stress in the mornings.
Closet Imperative #1:  You can’t wear it if you can’t see it.  The first thing to consider when evaluating your closet is whether or not you have enough shelves, hanging space and drawers for your wardrobe.  Closet organizational systems can be purchased at your nearest Target and are relatively affordable and easy to install.  Another option is to bring in a professional.  They can help you determine the best storage solutions and configuration for your space.  Don’t have the budget for either of these options?  You’ll be amazed at how something as simple as a shoe rack, cubby system or a couple of storage bins can improve your space.  Check out one of our favorite blogs Good Life for Less for other great ideas on how to organize your purses and jewelry with bulletin boards and shower curtain hooks.

Closet Imperative #2:  Less is more (but only if the less if full of wardrobe staples that you love). Once you have the appropriate storage solution in place, it’s time to take a look at your wardrobe.  Many women panic when they hear the term “closet edit.”  They immediately picture barren shelves and empty hangers, their favorite possessions boxed up for donation.  This depressing vision couldn’t be further from reality!  A closet edit will not only help you realize the full potential of your wardrobe but also make getting dressed in the morning significantly quicker and more fun.  As counterintuitive as it may seem, having fewer clothing choices can actually help you expand your wardrobe.  You will wear more of what you own because you won’t be overwhelmed by the options (which is why so many of us wear the same few outfits over and over again).

Closet Imperative #3:  Just Do It.  Set aside some time to go through your entire closet (this won’t take as long as you think).  Pull out anything you haven’t worn in a year or that doesn’t fit right now. Make sure that your “keep” pile fits your current lifestyle and the image you are trying to project.  Store any out-of-season clothing in boxes under the bed to make room for your working wardrobe.   Now organize your clothes by type and color.  Too many black shirts?  Keep the ones that you wear the most and donate the rest.  If you just can’t bear to part with something, box it up and see if you miss it.  If after a few months you haven’t thought about wearing it, go ahead and give it away.  Now here’s the fun part.  Grab your favorite fashion magazines and think about how you can create new outfits from your slimmed down wardrobe.  Don’t forget to consider accessories like jewelry, shoes and purses.  Create outfits for different occasions–work, happy hour, girl’s night, sightseeing, running errands, etc. Take pictures of your favorites and keep them handy for a day when you are lacking inspiration.

Need help figuring out how to get more outfits from your closet? Register today for our web workshop “Same Clothes, Same Closet: New Wardrobe” and discover how to create outfits you never knew you had.
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