“Closet, Closet…what shall I wear today?
Oh and by the way, Closet where is my favorite turtleneck, have you moved it on me unaware?"
Have you swallowed up my favorite tees?
O, dear Closet you have become so crowded and disorganized."
"I think you may need to purge and rid yourself of those unsightly things.
Can you do it, can you part with what is out of style and doesn’t fit? Can you become again a beautiful, fashionable and functional Closet? I hope so as you are one of my favorite places to be."
There is no easy way around it, closet cleaning can take time and energy. We do it for clients and it can be an all day thing, but we've developed a How To Clean Your Closet The Jophiel Way and are excited to share it with you!
Before you start the clean out. Make room for three different piles.
- Items that need purged.
- Items that need altered and or cleaned.
- Items that need another piece to complete the look.
Step One: Purge, Alter, Complete
Purge clothes, coats and shoes that are too small or too large (generally two or more sizes). If they are too small, if you lose enough to wear them again, you will buy new. If they are too large, you really don’t want to wear them again.
Purge clothes, coats, shoes and accessories that are out of style or not age appropriate. Nothing makes us look older, than not being current. Clothes are no different than hair and makeup. And as to age appropriate, we look younger, when we are not trying to look 20.
After you have purged, try every piece of clothing, you have left in your closet on and look carefully at each piece to see if it needs repaired or cleaned. Look also to see if the length of the garment is the appropriate length for this season. If the garment is slightly large, this can be taken in. If the waist is slightly tight, see if it can be released. If it cannot be altered to fit, purge it. If shoes are worn or scuffed, but can be polished and fixed, take them to the shoe repair. If they cannot be restored to good condition, purge them.
We have all purchased pieces without completing the outfit. Put these items in a separated pile. You should then put them in your car and the next time you go shopping, you should take them with you to the store and complete your ensemble.
Step Two: Organize
Organize your closet in the most convenient way for you. Here are some guidelines that can be helpful.
Separate your clothes by season. Fall/Winter and Spring/Summer. Sometimes there are items that are transitional and can be kept in a closet for every season. You make the decision based on space and preference. Separate, tops, pants, skirts, jackets and dresses all in a section or sections. Organize them by color and arm length. Such as take all white tees and shirts and hang the sleeveless, then short sleeve, then long sleeve. Another example would be to hang your pants in a color order, khaki, brown, navy, charcoal then black. You could even separate them as to length, cropped and then full length.
Organize all your folded garments on shelves, drawers or hanging over a pant hanger. Knitwear should never be hung for long periods of time. It should be folded. Organize your shoes again according to your closet. You can store them in a shoebox or out of a shoebox. Whatever you prefer. If you do keep them in a shoebox, it can be helpful to take a picture of the shoe and put it on the box. You can also organize them by heel height and style. Pumps, mid heels, flat, and boots.
Now it is time to do the same for all your accessories, handbags, belts, jewelry, and scarves. Find a system that works for you, so that you can see what you have in your closet.
Now that you can see and wear everything that is in your closet, you know what you are missing. Filling those needs becomes easy and you are not just purchasing blind, but purchasing with the knowledge of how your new items fit into your closet. New items can be basics or fashion. They can be event specific or simply everyday items.
“Closet, Closet…what shall I wear today? Why anything I please, it is all so beautiful to me.”