Lately I have been trudging through organizing my closet. I usually keep it organized by color in Roy G. Biv style as well as by sleeve length, shortest to longest. This probably seems extreme + a lot of work. Which, it is. So instead I’ve been trying to condense my closet. That being said, I. Love. Clothes. I love doing laundry, I love trying my own clothes on, and I love the feeling of finding a new way or style to wear something I’ve had forever. I also work retail, so having a discount + a need to wear current trends or that months floorset also has been working against me. So what am I going to do?
Cleaning out my (dun dun) Closet!
So instead of my overly packed closet becoming a burden on my life, I’ve decided to look at it in several different ways. The first way I’ve decided to filter out my clothes is by donation. So I’ve gone through my closet and have found items that would be prefect for Y.E.S. or youth emergency services in Omaha, NE. At my current job we donated some of our time as Store Managers to help organize their emergency shelter that also has a ‘store’ for homeless youth to stock up on clothes, toiletries and food. They are currently the only agency in Omaha focused directly on helping homeless and at-risk youth, and after seeing some of the kids there and their need, it just seems like what I need to do.
The second way I wanted to go through my closet was things to sell. I have some items that haven’t been worn long or are fairly new so I took some to Plato’s closet. What they didn’t take, I’ve started listing on Poshmark. I currently have some debt that I would love to knock a chunk off of and I think that this is a resource that is at my fingertips. After researching the different apps that exists, I really liked the poshmark user face and accessibility. I also love how encouraging they are to their “Poshers” and how they want to build a community. If you’re curious about what’s in my current closet, [link here.]
So how am I actually deciding what to get rid of? And more importantly, how am I deciding what to keep? In researching different ideas on clothes and organization, there are a few that really struck me as interesting. The first one was Project 33. It is a minimalist challenge that encourages you to only have 33 items in your everyday wardrobe. [ details here ] I think that this is amazing, but with my background in fashion and my current retail career, its not one that I’m willing to try right now. This doesn’t mean never, I’m just not in that place in my life. I think it was worth mentioning though because I’m sure the idea doesn’t only intrigue me.
The second idea is the basis that millionaires/billionaires/trillionaires have their own general uniform that they wear. If you’ve ever saw pictures of Steve Jobs, Bill Gates or current big name high profile idea (wo)men then you see that they don’t divert from their comfort zone in their clothing. Some of them literally wear the same thing and have 10 pairs of the same outfit. I thought that this idea was really fascinating in the fact that it limits the amount of time it takes to make that decision. I will take until the last minute in the morning if I’m not feeling my outfit which drives my need to be on time self crazy. So am I really going to get rid of all my clothes and take up a uniform of black turtle necks and medium wash mom jeans? Definitely not.
However I do want to adapt that idea to fit or work best for me. The best way I think would to find a couple of silhouettes or styles that I love and then use what I have to adapt to that. For example, one of my go to outfits, especially when I’m feeling cold is a button down with a cardigan over it. I have this outfit in several different patterns and colors. Therefor this could be a uniform I decide to adopt, but because of my love for color and fashion, I don’t necessarily have to keep it boring. I think my favorite way to wear it is with a flannel button down. Besides warmth (I am ALWAYS cold) I love the pattern underneath the solid. I can find a small line of color in it and use that as my cardigan color to really bring it out of the flannel.
This has become such a time saver for me. I do have some other silhouettes that I love as well though so I don’t foresee my closet dwindling down to nothing. I think that if I keep my monthly purchases small and only buy things that will interact well with clothes that I already have, then I won’t have to do a purge every single month. I think that that will save me time as well as some money.
Do you have a slight clothes addiction like I do? How do you organize your closet? Comment below with some of your own tips. Also check out this post if you want to see how I figured out I love organization!