5 Simple Ways To Organize Your Closet Today
Do you have an overstuffed, bulging closet (or two) filled with clothes, and yet wear the same 3 or 4
outfits repeatedly? Do you have few clothes and despair every time you put something on simply
because you already know it just doesn't look quite right? Would you like to be able to wear
EVERYTHING you have in your closet? And know that you look good every time you do?
Renu Dalal-Jain, a certified image consultant and the owner of Flair Consulting in Philadelphia, PA, works
with men and women to help them put their best personal face forward in social or corporate settings.
Renu teaches her clients how to organize their closets and shop smart so that they always have the right
clothes to wear for the right occasion.
Renu teaches five easy steps that you can follow right now to organize your closet so that you can
understand what you have and what you need to purchase to complete your wardrobe!
First - Prepare! Put aside at the least three to four hours for the task, and make sure you have access to
a full-length mirror. Wear neutral undergarments, as you will be trying on everything you own. All
hangers should be of the same size and type (all plastic, or all wooden) and made for specific clothing
items - top/dress hanger, pant hanger, and so on. This will save you valuable space in your closet.
Hangers.com is a wonderful website (www.hangers.com) which sells all kinds of hangers at less than one
SECOND - get organized! Dump your whole closet out onto the floor of your bedroom and be brutal with
yourself. Those bell-bottoms from 1973 - do away with them! The shoe with the broken heel that you
never got around to fixing… gone! You will be surprised at how much you can eliminate, and how little
you really need it. One rule of thumb that Renu always use is that if you haven't used it in at least one
year, YOU Do not Need IT. A few of you may believe, “Well, it is got sentimental value - I need to keep
that old sweater that I got in fifth-grade band camp!” Well everybody understands sentimental value
however it doesn’t belong in your closet. Put it in a box with your scrapbooks and old photos and put it
in the attic. Now you'll have room for the key things that you are always going to wear, and always going
to feel good about. Wear clothes that make you feel radiant, not reasonable!
THIRD - Divide what you have kept of your wardrobe, into business, casual and evening wear. And if
you're one of the lucky ones who really got that long-promised Caribbean vacation, make a section for
vacation/resort wear. By organizing your clothes this way, you'll know what section to turn to in a snap.
When you're dividing your wardrobe, pay attention to your “comfort zones”… do you wear just black
slacks and sweaters to the office? Do you have 16 white button-down shirts? Make notes for yourself so
that when you next go shopping, you're aware of what your comfort zone is, and resist purchases within
that zone. Stepping outside your comfort zone will assist you to expand your wardrobe and experiment
with other styles.
FOURTH - Try on each item… this is the most important step! Make sure it still fits well, with no pulls,
tears, or unseemly tucks or threads. If it’s too tight, too bright, or just plain out-of-date, even if it is in
mint condition, eliminate it! Make notes of what you no longer have in your wardrobe and need to buy.
For instance, if you have gotten rid of every old pair of chinos you had, put it on your list of new
purchases. If you had one black sweater (a staple item which goes with everything) that was completely
worn out, make certain you replace it. Put aside the items you would like to keep that need to be
mended or cleaned, and make an agreement with yourself to have that done within one week of your
personal closet overhaul.
FIFTH - put everything back in your closet and dresser. Renu’s rule of thumb is to hang pants, skirts,
shirts, thicker sweaters and jackets. Fold very heavy items such as jeans, and very delicate items like
undergarments and cashmere or other loose knits, which will lose their shape if hung. Hang your clothes
based on business, casual and evening wear. Within those categories, you are able to further hang all
pants together, all shirts together, all skirts together, etc. Hang pants and skirts on clip hangers; folding
them over a wire hanger will cause them to wrinkle and become prone to tearing at the bend.
Don’t worry if your closet suddenly looks empty to you. You're simply making the space to build the kind
of wardrobe you've always dreamed of having. Now you are able to make knowledgeable purchases by
understanding what you already have, what your comfort zones are, and what items you really need.
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