Do you stand in front of your stuffed closet and say, "I have nothing to wear?" Your summer clothes are still at the forefront of your closet with transitional pieces surrounding them and a few heavier fall/winter pieces peeking in. No wonder you don't know what to wear right now! The time has come to prioritize your closet. Editing your closet can be overwhelming without a system, but when done properly it is cathartic and rewarding.
Here are a few tips to help you get started:
- Allocate time! If you can’t dedicate a day, think in terms of 2-hour blocks. Keep it so you don’t 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, helps project the image you want to present.....AND IS THE CURRENT SEASON.
- 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! Try on, make a decision and move on.
- Gather supplies: 5-6 bins, a rolling rack and cleaning supplies
- Consider asking a Sophia Lustig Stylist to help (or invite a girlfriend!).
Next, divide the project into 3 parts: the edit, the organization, and the distribution.
Label your bins:
- Dry Clean
- Sophia Lustig
Each item that you touch/try on will go into one of the 5 bins or on the rolling rack outside of your closet on a hanger. Consider these questions to help you decide where they should go:
- Does it fit (TODAY)? If it doesn’t, choose either the pitch bin, donation bin, or tailor bin.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 the piece.
- 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.
- Does it still have tags on yet you’ve owned it for a year or more? We live and we learn. Move on! Donate.
- Is it the current season? Now is the time to take out the white eyelet dress, seersucker jacket and the beach maxi dress.
- 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.
- Change the hangers. Consider buying new matching hangers.
- Don’t store garments in plastic bags. 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.
- Separate seasons. There are 5 seasons to a closet: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall and Transition. Your transition pieces are the weaver pieces that help you get to the next season. They really stay relevant year-round. Often, they are easy to layer and 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. Right now you will want to move Spring/Summer to another space or to the back. You should have Fall/Winter and Transition paired for this season. 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.
- 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 feel lighter and less cluttered, physically and mentally. However, you have one more step - don’t put it 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. For example, your favorite black cashmere sweater has maybe seen better days and it is time to replace it. We can help!
DRESS FOR SUCCESS
The month of November is Dress for Success month at Sophia Lustig. If you donate a clean, lovingly worn suit, daytime dress, coat or outfit that is appropriate for a career woman, we will give you $50 towards the purchase of a new outfit $300 or more. We donate to Kate’s Closet through the University of Toledo's Catharine S. Eberly Center for Women. Stay tuned - more info on this coming soon!