Closet Edit 101

Do you stand in front of your stuffed closet and say, "I have nothing to wear?"  It may seem like that because there is so much clutter and disorganization in your way, it is hard for your brain pull together any looks that suite your mood. Editing your closet can be a very overwhelming process if you don’t have a system, but one that when done properly, can be very cathartic!   

Here are a few tips to help you get started:

  • Allocate time!  If you don’t have an entire free day to accomplish this task, think of 2 hour blocks of time.  Any more than that, you get tired and stop making smart decisions.
  • Be clear on your goal:  Clear out the clutter so that what remains in your closet excites you, fits you, flatters you and helps project the image you want to present.
  • Have a systematic plan for reaching each area. It’s easy to avoid the clutter and skip over areas where you have to make tough decisions.  Dive in and work left to right and top to bottom.  Touch every single item!
  • Consider inviting a girlfriend, a sister, a mom or a Sophia Lustig Stylist to help.
  • Divide the project into 3 parts: the edit, the organization and the distribution
  • Supplies you will need: 5-6 Bins, a rolling rack and cleaning supplies



Before you get started, label your bins:

  • Pitch
  • Donate
  • Mend/Tailor
  • Dry Clean
  • Sophia Lustig

Each item that you touch will go into one of the 5 bins or on the rolling rack outside of your closet. Consider these questions to help you decide where they should go.

  1. Does it fit (TODAY)? If it doesn’t, choose either the pitch pile or donate or take to your tailor (if a realistic change can be made).  If you have the eternal hope that someday it will fit and you’re not ready to part with it, get it out of your everyday closet and into another space that you don’t need to look at daily.  At 7:00 am, you don’t want to have to mentally “skip” over that item as a contender to wear for the day if it doesn’t even fit….(we are clearing clutter, physically and mentally).
  2. Does it need mending or dry cleaning? Take it out of your closet until it is actually ready to be worn.  This is another area of mental clutter that you subconsciously skip over knowing it needs to be repaired, so you can’t wear it until its fixed.
  3. Are you finished wearing it, but you keep it for sentimental reasons? Maybe you wore it on your first date with your husband or it was given to you as a gift and you feel you should hang on to it.  Whatever the reason, you don’t wear it so GET IT OUT OF YOUR EVERYDAY CLOSET.
  4. Is it flattering, does it make you happy, do you look forward to wearing it? If your answer is yes, hang it on the rolling rack outside of your closet.  If the answer is no, donate or pitch.
  5. Do you love it, but not sure what to wear with it?Bring it to Sophia Lustig and we will help you build some outfits around this piece.
  6. Has it seen better days? Styles change.  Pay attention to the size of lapels, collars, shoulders, and lengths.  Is it worn out?  Are there pills, moth holes, discoloration or stains?  Pitch
  7. Does it still have tags on it yet you’ve owned it for a year? We live and we learn.  Move on! Donate 


  1. Clean the space: Once you’ve cleared out your closet and everything is either on the rolling rack or in the bins, it’s time to clean the inside of your empty closet before you organize the items back in.   Dust and vacuum your space thoroughly.  
  2. Change the hangers. 
  3. Don’t store plastic bags over garments. If you feel the need to cover certain clothes, be sure to use a breathable cotton garment bag rather than plastic bags that can hold odor and change color.
  4. Separate seasons. There are 5 seasons to a closet.  Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall and Transition.  Your transition pieces seem to be the weaver pieces that help you get to the next season. They really stay relevant year-round. Often, they are easy to layer, are not weather specific.  If you need to change out your closet depending on the seasons due to space, think about doing it twice a year, at the least.  Pair together Spring/Summer and Transition or Fall/Winter and Transition. If you have the space in your closet to house all seasons, still organize the space by seasons so you are looking at only pieces that are relevant to wear today.  
  5. Hang like things together. All jackets with jackets, dresses with dresses, pants with pants, etc.  Within each category, arrange by color.



By now, you have accomplished a TON!  You have got to feel freer and less cluttered, physically and mentally. However, you have one more step and don’t put this off!  You need to distribute your bins.  Take time to get the items to the dry cleaner, to your tailor, to your favorite donation spot, AND to Sophia Lustig.  Remember, we can help make orphan items in your closet complete again! Also, maybe you found holes in your wardrobe along the way.  Your favorite black cashmere sweater had seen better days and it is time to replace. We can help!

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