When it comes to getting more organized, I know it can be hard to know what to tackle first. Often this is the hardest part when it comes to organizing. My suggestion is that you start with your closet. A simplified closet is a great first step to having a simplified home.
As a Professional Organizer, I see how overwhelmed my clients feel because their closets are filled to the brim. A closet overly stuffed with clothes makes it more challenging to get dressed and takes up more of your time.
One approach to simplifying your closet, is to create a Capsule Wardrobe. You can read how I transformed my closet by designing two 6-month seasonal Capsule Wardrobes. Organizing two Capsule Wardrobes was a win for me! And the best part, after taking time to declutter my closet, I felt more motivated to organize other areas in my home.
When you can get dressed with ease, your morning rush will no longer feel so frantic. When you have outfits that coordinate and go together, it will mean you have one less decision to make. When you have less clothing to wash, dry, and fold, you will spend less of your time doing laundry.
Three Steps to a Simplified Closet
Step 1: 15-Minute Declutter
Set a timer for 15 minutes and pull anything out that you do not like or wear. Donate these items immediately. Purging those things that are just taking up room in your closet will immediately create more space in your closet.
Step 2: “Holding Box”
Designate a box to hold clothing items that you are not sure whether or not you want to keep. Then set a reminder on your calendar and revisit the box on a quarterly basis. Time will tell if you should be keeping the items or not.
Step 3: Matching Hangers
No need to purchase fancy hangers, plastic hangers will work just fine. Just make sure to stick to one color and style. (No wire hangers allowed!) Also, turn your hangers backward and reevaluate in six months which hangers are still not turned forward. This will make it easy for you to know which items you are wearing and not wearing.
Let this be the year that your take back your closet! This is your year!
If you want to dive deeper into creating a Capsule Wardrobe for yourself, you can check out my eBook titled, Creating a Capsule Wardrobe: Three Days to a Transformed Closet. If you are ready to do a complete overall with your wardrobe, this is a great resource! I am also working to create three (short) videos that will coincide with the eBook. If you have already purchased the eBook or plan to, you will receive links to the videos.
I’m also giving away one this week. To enter to win please leave a comment below sharing why you want a more organized closet! Winner will be chosen at random and emailed in one week, open to anyone.
***Update, 1/31/18 – Congrats to Kim! I’ve emailed you your free eBook!!!***