When was the last time that you thoroughly cleaned out your closet? If the answer is never and I were standing right next to you, I would grab you by the shoulders, look you square in the eye and tell you it’s time. Your spring cleaning regiment should include cleaning out your closet and sprucing up your wardrobe. If the thought of going through your piles of sweaters and shoes sounds daunting, it really doesn’t have to be.
“Keeping your blouses or dress pants off the floor helps to keep them pressed and prevents them from being damaged.”
First things first, how are your clothes organized? Neat mounds on your floors do not count! Clothes should be organized neatly in your closet or drawers. The best advice I ever read on the organization of one’s wardrobe was to organize your clothing by type: work shirts together, dress pants, jeans, t-shirts, sweaters, etc. If you organize them in that way, the next time you’re in a hurry you can easily pull out a shirt that you need. Keeping your blouses or dress pants off the floor helps to keep them pressed and prevents them from being damaged.
I prefer to neatly fold blouses that are stretchy at the top so the hanger will not stretch the neck out further. Most of my bulky sweaters are also folded and placed in a drawer. I keep my t-shirts (Star Wars) in a separate drawer. Since I spend most days in an office, I rarely wear my t-shirts or jeans. Therefore, there is no need for them to be in easy reach.
Once you’ve sorted through everything, you can see if you need to make a quick trip to Ikea for closet supplies. Look to see if you need any containers or any other type of storage unit to hold accessories or socks. Rearrange your closet and make it work for you. I like to keep my socks in a cubby and my scarves in a box. Find trays to organize your makeup. Vases work great for holding makeup brushes or cotton balls. Check out Pinterest for more ideas…you can find amazing storage ideas on that handy website.
Letting go of old or outdated clothing can be the hardest part of this process. Anything that is torn, faded, or doesn’t fit needs to either become a handy cleaning rag or be donated to charity. Please, do not donate clothing that smells or has holes in it. If you find clothing that you haven’t worn in a year or two, this is the time to either decide to wear it or toss it. Do not keep clothing around that you never wear because it will just take space which you need for your favorite pieces.
“Once you’ve gone through your closet, make a list of items you need to restock. You should make it a goal to always keep basic clothing staples such as dress jeans, blazers, khakis, solid-colored t-shirts, and tank tops.”
Once you’ve gone through your closet, make a list of items you need to restock. You should make it a goal to always keep basic clothing staples such as dress jeans, blazers, khakis, solid-colored t-shirts, and tank tops. A great book to have as a handy guide is The Lucky Shopping Manual: Building and Improving Your Wardrobe Piece by Piece, by Kim; Claro, Danielle; Linett, Andrea France. Use this book as you shop for items you need in order to build a basic wardrobe. Once you have the basics, you can add fun pieces.
Just a few more tips: keep your shoes neatly in a shoe cubby or in their boxes; have a little shoe buffer handy so you can keep your shoes clean and shiny. Did you know you can use those sample perfume strips in magazines? Place them in a drawer and it adds a nice fragrance. If you want to look your best and keep your clothes looking their best, make sure to keep an organized and clean environment for your clothes.
Basic Wardrobe for Women: What a Woman should have in her closet.
- Nude t-shirt bra: You can wear this under more tight fitting t-shirts and under white.
- Black, brown, white, and blue t-shirts and tank tops: you can wear tank tops to work under cardigans and blazers; a good basic t-shirt can be dressed up for any occasion.
- Jeans: Keep a pair of dress jeans for work and parties and basic blue jeans for the weekends.
- Blazers & Cardigans: Blazers can be worn with dress pants or jeans; cardigans are great to dress up in and for dresses.
- A good work bag or tote: A bag that is slightly larger than a purse can be great to carry your planner and lunch to work.
- A little Black Dress: Every woman needs a little black dress. That is a rule from Coco Chanel.
- Flats: Always have brown or black flats since they go with everything.
- Gray, Brown, and Black Dress Pants: You can wear all kinds of tops with basic dress pants.
- A Suit: You never know when you need to wear it for an important meeting at work or for an interview.
- A Good Black Pea coat: Wear it to work or for walking around town. Do, however, make sure you have a warm winter coat if you live in a colder climate.
Written By: Kristy Trowbridge