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Clear Your Closet for Fall

Clear Your Closet for Fall

If you are feeling overwhelmed with your wardrobe, you’re not alone. It has been said that people wear 20% of their wardrobe 80% of the time. That is a lot of unnecessary stuff taking up valuable closet space.

Fall is here and there’s no better time to declutter and organize your wardrobe. It’s time to take a look at your Spring and Summer clothes, donate or sell those items you didn’t wear in the past six months and assess Fall and Winter clothes.

 

Our Top Five Organizing Tips for Clearing Out Your Closet

 

Let It Go. Haven’t worn an item in six months or more? Prepare to sell or donate it. (The only exception is special occasion wear.) Keeping clothing because you “might” fit back into it one day? If you get back to that size would you actually wear those items or would you rather treat yourself to a new, up-to-date wardrobe?

Go Backwards. Not sure how often you do or don’t wear something? Turn all of your hangers backwards, and then turn the hanger around once you’ve worn an item. At the end of the season, take inventory of what you’re actually wearing (or not wearing).

Take Everything Out. And yes, I mean everything! You really have to see what you have to have a clear idea of what should stay and what should go. Touch each piece of clothing and ask yourself, “When is the last time I wore this?” “How do I feel when I wear this?” This will take time but you’ll thank me later. It may be hard to part with some items, but you’ll feel so much better because it will be easier to pick out what to wear on a daily basis because you’ll love everything in your closet.

Categorize. By grouping like items together (strapless, short sleeved, long sleeved, etc.) and then by color you’ll have a better idea of what you have and where it is.

Get Styled. If you’re not sure what is in fashion anymore or feel lost when it comes to putting outfits together, it’s a good idea to hire a stylist. I have personally used Alex Long with Alex Long Studio. She put together outfits for me that I never would have dreamed of. My favorite part is when she pre-shopped for me—all I had to do was show up, try on the clothes she picked out, and have her tell me what looked best!

Before & After: Master Bedroom Closet

Before & After: Master Bedroom Closet

This shared master closet provided a lot of space, but it was not functional due to an odd layout, very high ceilings, and inaccessible shelves and hanging space. We were up for the challenge to make this a practical (and pretty) closet!

Our client had already decluttered her clothing and worked with a stylist so her wardrobe was in check, but her husband’s side needed a major overhaul. Once he decluttered his side, we were ready to go!

We first had to decide what went where. We had a ton of storage, which was great, but because so much of it was not easily accessible we had to make sure that the items accessed everyday were in reach.

The shelves were tall but not very deep, so instead of stacking items we stocked the shelves with labeled baskets.

We then stored out of season clothing and items not worn often on the higher shelves in decorative boxes.

This client now has and beautiful and functional master bedroom closet!

Before & After: Her Closet

Before & After: Her Closet

Your bedroom closet should have one purpose and that is to store you clothing, shoes and accessories. This closet was also home to an entire bookshelf of schoolwork. With a spare bedroom closet available, we decided it was best to store the bookshelf there, freeing up an entire wall for shoe storage.

We first decluttered. Getting rid of 12 large garbage bags full of clothing! We not only decluttered the closet, but two large dressers as well.

This is just a sneak peek at the decluttering process. Creating piles for what stays and what goes was no small task, but necessary to ensure that only things that were going to be worn were kept.

Once we knew what was being kept we purchased a few items to maximize the space in the closet. We used slimline hangers to make the most of the hanging space we had available.

We used purse boxes for large purses and pull down linen shoes boxes for small clutches.

Because we had limited shelving space, we needed to create our own. These hanging cubbies were the perfect solution.

Lastly, the shoe wall. This Chrome Metal 10-Tier Rolling Shoe Rack fits up to 50 pairs of women’s shoes fit perfectly.

Contain Your Closet

Contain Your Closet


Rejoice! The long, cold winter has finally made way for some much-needed sunshine, and it’s now time to make way in your closet for spring/summer style. As for me, I personally couldn’t be more thrilled that spring has sprung—I don’t think I’ve ever been more excited to switch out my winter clothes for my warm-weather wardrobe. This month’s newsletter is devoted to making that transition a seamless process for your seams!

Allison’s Tips for a Streamlined Spring
Love it or leave it. On the fence about whether to keep something in the fold? If you’re having trouble deciding about a piece of clothing, chances are you no longer need it. Keep only the items that you look and feel good in, not the “10 pounds from now” jeans or those ancient T-shirts. (If you’re really having trouble parting with those sentimental T’s, consider combining the best of both worlds and commissioning a T-shirt quilt.)
Don’t get out of sorts. Categorizing your closet is a simple and effective way to whip it into shape. Sort clothes by style and color for easy one-stop shopping and outfit coordination.
Get real about “vintage.” Fashion may be cyclical, but will that crushed velvet halter or that pair of stonewashed jeans ever be resurrected? We’ve all found ourselves holding on to certain pieces because we’re convinced they’ll come back in style, but even if they do, that’s likely to be a long time from now. So save that precious closet space for the things that matter today.
Tag! You’re it. Confession time: how many pieces in your closet still have the tags on them? If you’re guilty of repeatedly buying items that you never end up wearing, it’s time for some closet rehab. Too often, people let these pieces languish in their closet, but the smart move is to return it and get your money back. Otherwise, it’s just taking up space in both your closet and your bank account!
Sell, sell, sell. One person’s trash is another’s treasure—and that applies to clothes, too. Make money off those designer duds you no longer wear by cashing them in at a local consignment store, on Ebay, or on websites like Twice and Thred Up.

closet case

Spring cleaning time is right around the corner, and there’s no better place to start than in your closet. Just a few simple changes can make a substantial difference! (And I’m here to give you the push you need to pitch those old fraying jeans or scuffed-up sneakers. 

“Who could ever forget the [major life event] where I wore that [fill in the blank]?”

“I’ll try on these items again after I do Weight Watchers for three months…”

“But it’s my [treasured piece of clothing]! I can’t give this away….”

Any of these statements sound familiar? If you were able to fill in the blanks a little too easily, you just might be a closet case. And you’re not alone—most people wear 20% of their clothes 80% of the time. It’s time to hang up those habits and give your closet the complete overhaul it deserves.

Allison’s Closet Tips:

Even if you love it, let it go. Haven’t worn an item in a year? Prepare to pitch it. (The only exception should be still-stylish special occasion wear.) If you must keep clothes that no longer fit “just in case,” store them out of sight—that way, you’ll be able to avoid the constant reminder that you’re no longer the same size you once were. I always use this litmus test: when you do get to your desired weight, will you still wear those clothes you can’t bear to let go? Think about how much fun it would be to treat yourself to a brand-new wardrobe, and then get that Goodwill bag ready.

Take the test of time. Not sure how often you do or don’t wear something? Turn all of your hangers backwards, and then turn the hanger around once you’ve worn an item. At the end of the season, take inventory of what you’re actually wearing (or ignoring).

Tackle the task in chunks. It’s like training for a marathon and trying to run 26 miles during the first week—a complete closet overhaul takes time. You’ll have more luck taking on this daunting task by whittling down the workload. Try on just five items per day, separating the items that will be donated or need dry cleaning/mending. No doubt, it’s hard to part with pricy items or clothes you’ve never worn, but console yourself with thoughts of the prime real estate you’re freeing up in your closet.

Color your world. By grouping items of like colors and prints, you can immediately see how much you have of each type and avoid buying duplicates or too many things in the same shade.

Allison’s Must-Have Closet Tools:

Slimline Hangers—one of my favorite triple threats! These maximize closet space, keep clothes from slipping off and don’t damage clothing the way wire hangers do.

Basket—easy storage for items you no longer want. Once it’s full, take items to your local donation center.

Laundry Bag—great for gathering items that need mending or alterations until that trip to the tailor.

Hanging Jewelry Organizer—a one-stop shop for easily surveying everything you have; especially great for costume jewelry.

Clear Shoeboxes—perfect for protecting your out-of-season/special occasion shoes while keeping them in clear sight.

 

Handy Hint: What better incentive for de-cluttering than making moolah off the clothes and accessories you no longer want? Check out the Poshmark app for doing just that.