There are a few things that I’m very passionate about, most of them related to cooking and home organization. At the top of those categories would be CLEAN AND ORGANIZED CLOSETS!! I love walking into my closet seeing everything hung properly on matching hangers and knowing that each item fits, is clean and ready to wear.
I’ve been on this closet kick for about the last 10 years and try to coordinate my purges with the seasons. This last year and a half really messed with my system though. I mean, one cross-country move, pregnancy, another temporary cross-country move, postpartum followed by more weight loss. Listen sister, your closet would be a disaster too!
Case in point! (this is such an embarrassing before picture…)
I waited until the weather started to transition here in Birmingham and finally this week tackled this much-needed project. It took me a few solid hours of work but by the end of the day it was sparkling and I was feeling very pleased with myself.
Here are a few tips I’ve picked up over the years:
- Start by taking everything out of your closet/drawers and doing a deep clean. You’re already in there, might as well do it right! Vacuum, dust, etc.
- Now start sorting! I like to have a several Rubbermaid totes and label them “Give Away” “Sell on Poshmark” “Summer Clothes”. I also grab a trash bag for ratty items and a laundry basket in case I come across something that needs to be washed.
- This time I added a new tote with sizes that are “too big for me currently/maternity”. I wore the same size for years and have some great designer pieces that I couldn’t part with, so I folded and put them away in case I need them at a later date. On a horrifying note: I used to be so hard on my mom for having so many different sizes/ ill-fitting clothes in her closet, until I had a baby, then I realized that your body can fluctuate very much very fast. It all made sense. So yeah, I called her and apologized for being mean and we had a good laugh.
- Try things on as you go along. And don’t be afraid to get rid of stuff. If you don’t really like it or never wear it, just sell it or give it away, you’ll be happy you did!
- Get matching hangers! Seriously. If you can afford the pretty wooden ones or the skinny velvet hangers, do it! I just buy the cheap-o black ones from Target. It’ll add a uniform look to your closet. And besides, I hate those annoying wire ones from the dry cleaners…
- Take a break at some point, I like to step away when I’m about 75% done. Get a coffee or diet coke and clear your head before coming back, it’ll help you push through the final bit.
- All of this applies to dresser drawers as well, we just happen to have a walk in closet that we’re able maximize with no issues and I love being able to see everything at a glance.
Here’s the after! All ready for Fall/Winter! This is my entire wardrobe. The fabric totes on the top shelf have workout gear/clutches/undies/pajamas. Scarves are in the pink box under the Hunter boots and my coats are hung on Josh’s side of the closet. The faux movie poster was a “paper” anniversary gift from Josh, he is so creative and it makes me laugh every day!
I have lofty goals of someday doing a 10-Item Wardrobe (I love Jennifer at The Daily Connoisseur, we should truly be friends in real life…) but it scares me a little, so in the mean time I just keep narrowing it down, upgrading my most-worn items to better quality brands and working on being content.
My husband’s got it though! His co-workers love to tease him about his “uniform”, but here’s the thing, I’ve never met someone who moves as fast as Josh Walsh! He found a look that works for him and sticks with it. Levi’s 515 jeans that I buy over and over from Nordstrom Rack, gingham button-downs (his favorite brand is Vineyard Vines, they run great sales several times a year and I usually buy them as gifts for him) and then Sperry’s or wingtips depending on his workload that day. He has a few more dressier items, but the film business is pretty casual so he likes to say he’s found a happy medium in his uniform.
Send me any or all of your organizing questions, I’d love to help! And please send me your tips on organizing baby clothes, that one has me stumped right now!
P.s. I’m sorry for the terrible photos, our closet has no natural light and everything looks so harsh.