No matter how hard you try to keep your entire wardrobe neat and organized, it seems like things still manage to be out of place. This might mean you have too many pieces in your wardrobe that you probably aren’t getting much use out of. Rather than getting rid of a lot of your items, try organizing them in a more efficient way that ensures you will not only wear your clothes, but you’ll keep your closet looking tidy as well.
The best way to get the most use of your clothing is to make sure you can easily find and see items in your closet. If you have pieces tucked away in the back, folded up and hidden in drawers, or even wadded up in a pile on the floor, chances are you are never going to reach for those pieces to wear.
For clothing that you can’t or don’t want to hang up, opt for clear storage bins to fold and store your clothes in. This way, you can still see every piece while still keeping things in a designated space.
If clear bins aren’t your thing, or you simply want to keep using your dresser for storage, the way you fold your clothing can make a huge difference. Instead of stacking clothing on top of each other in your dresser drawers, fold underwear, t-shirts, and any other foldable items into small squares or rolls. Then stack them next to one another horizontally rather than putting them on top of each other vertically.
You could even utilize drawer organizers to make storing and organizing your clothes even easier. This way, you can see every single item in each drawer without having to dig through a pile and eventually creating a mess in your dresser drawers.
When deciding what to discard and what to keep in your wardrobe, be honest with yourself. Only keep the pieces that you find comfortable to wear, otherwise, those uncomfortable, and thus undesirable pieces will be taking up unnecessary space in your wardrobe.
This applies to everything right down to your underwear. Your wardrobe includes so much more than just the clothes that are visible on your body. It can be easy to neglect the organization of smaller items like undergarments when giving your closet an upgrade.
Only keep the comfortable pieces that you know you are going to get your wear out of. If you have some frilly pairs of underwear in your drawer that haven’t been worn in over a year, swap them out for a few new pairs of classic comfortable underwear that you’re sure to wear all the time. Not only will you wear all of your undies, but you’ll find that getting dressed in the morning is even easier when you have on a comfortable base and an organized wardrobe to pick from.
As you work on creating a wardrobe filled only with clothes you’re sure you’ll wear, think about the practicality of clothes in your wardrobe. While you may have a large collection of adorable statement tops that would be perfect for just the right occasion, if you don’t see yourself wearing them more than once or twice a year, they may be wasting precious wardrobe space.
Having unique pieces in your closet is a great way to create a variety of stylish outfits, but if all you have is a closet filled with statement pieces, you probably struggle to put together a practical look on a daily basis.
Keep practicality at the forefront of your mind as you select what to remove from your wardrobe and what you plan to add to it in the future. Your closet should consist mostly of clothes you can wear on a daily basis. These clothes will take up the majority of your closet space. Conversely, dress clothes or clothes for specific occasions should only take up a small amount of space in your wardrobe.
When it comes to pairing down your wardrobe, you’ll want to make sure you don’t get rid of so much that you have no variation in style and color. Sure, a gray/black/white capsule wardrobe with minimal pieces is aesthetically pleasing to look at, but you could get very bored of your outfits after just a month. Be sure you have enough color and style options to feel like you can create just about any look you’d like without getting tired of your wardrobe.
For example, you’ll want to have jeans and pants in a variety of washes and fits as a simple way to switch up your outfits. As for tops, it’s a good idea to have more to choose from than the number of bottoms you have, so you can avoid repeating outfits too often.
Shoes are another great way to diversify your looks without overcrowding your closet. You truly only need a few pairs of eye-catching shoes that can instantly make even the simplest outfit look cooler. The best thing about using shoes to change up your typical look is that you can re-wear them much more often than most statement clothing pieces, so you’re sure to get more bang for your buck while also keeping your closet minimized.
With the start of the new year, give your closet a little bit of love with an organization upgrade. Get off to a strong start with a collection of clothing that you love and will serve you well throughout the year. As you try these tips, remember that visibility, comfortability, practicality, and variation are key to getting the wardrobe of your dreams!