Style at a Certain Age is a lifestyle blog by Beth Djalali dedicated to aging with grace, strength, and beauty.
it’s time to reset and refresh with a closet cleanse. this time of year, our outfits undergo a transition from summer to fall, so it’s the perfect time to give your wardrobe a thorough once over. today, i’m going to walk you through how to organize your closet in three easy steps. i hope today’s post inspires you to reset and refresh with a closet cleanse of your own. it truly isn’t hard to reorganize your closet. it just takes time and a little bit of effort.
if you find yourself muttering, “i’ve nothing to wear.” an unorganized overflowing closet just might be the culprit. but organizing your closet might not be on the top of your to-do list, especially if you haven’t tackled a closet purge before. but i highly recommend you do. this one task helps my wardrobe stay in tip-top condition for the upcoming season.
here’s a tour of my closet designed by Inspired Closets Athens.
i chose a Flower Chandelier to replace the original light fixture. it gives the room a modern look.
a custom closet with customized cabinetry from Inspired Closets Athens.
now it’s onto three easy steps to reset and refresh with a closet cleanse.
dedicate an afternoon to your busy schedule to assess your closet and go through every item in your wardrobe. i know i know: a million other priorities compete for space on your ever-expanding to-do list. no one wants to sort through pencil skirts, cardigans, and that swoon-worthy dress found on the final sale rack. but i promise, devoting an afternoon to sort through your clothes is time well spent, which is why i’m sharing how to organize your closet in three steps.
if you are like me, you’ll uncover fashion mistakes made throughout the season, weight lost or gained (let’s face it, ladies, weight fluctuates), or maybe, just maybe, it’s finally time to retire that beloved go-to blazer (you know the one, it has a shiny sheen on the elbows due to years of love, but you’re reluctant to part ways).
it isn’t easy to rid your closet of items that no longer fit or have sentimental value, especially when you’ve shelled out major cashola for the purchase in the first place. but keep calm and carry on.
since I am a bit of an organization addict—i’m a Virgo by birth and have a strong penchant for planning and systematizing—i wanted to share my method for a reset and refresh with a closet cleanse. i try to keep things as fun as possible, so i put on a great playlist— still loving the Doobie Brothers or Steely Dan—then i pour a glass of wine and ask these three questions:
if the answer is “no” to any of the three questions, then it’s time to part ways and divide your clothes into three piles:
the items that make it to your sell pile are the ones that are currently in style or gently used. it could even be a pair of brand new expensive jeans that were bought with the goal of losing ten pounds. sigh. but take heart, these clothing items have the potential to make you a profit with little effort, thanks to an emerging online marketplace for buying and selling clothes. check out thredUP.
if, by chance, some of your unwanted items are still in good condition, consider donating them to a good cause. of course, Goodwill Industries and Salvation Army are always good reputable choices for your orphaned clothes. but other organizations deserve and appreciate your contributions as well. personally, i love and support Dress for Success—a non-profit organization that addresses and fulfills the needs of low-income women who have left welfare and are interfacing with the challenges of the workforce.
but also consider local homeless shelters, specifically ones that cater to battered women. blogger, The Midlife Fashionista, opened a non-profit in the greater Boston area called Uncommon Threads. its mission is to empower women. trust me on this: it’s easier to let go of clothing when you know it is going to someone in need.
now onto the hard part. those items that can’t be repaired or have significant wear and tear must be tossed into the rubbish bin. it’s hard to say goodbye to your beloved LBD or your favorite graphic tee, but don’t let your emotions get the better of you. it must be thrown away. i repeat, the item must be thrown away.
it might take more than one try to get into the swing of downsizing your wardrobe, but the reward is a streamlined closet that makes getting dressed in the morning easier and maybe even fun. but in order to do that, you have to know what clothes are working for you and which ones don’t. after your closet purge is complete, it’s time to organize what’s left.
skirts, pants, sweaters, blouses, jeans. then arrange pieces by item and color so you can see exactly what you own. the same holds true for shoes. hang sleeveless dresses or shirts first, then short sleeves, and then long sleeves.
shoes, scarves, hats, and handbags
store your shoes and handbags where you can see them. use clear shoe boxes or, better yet, store them on closet shelves or a bookcase. right toe out left toe-in is a space-saving technique. i like my handbags out of their dust bags and visible. “out of sight, out of mind happens” if i don’t! hatboxes are perfect for storing hats with the larger ones resting on top. scarves are color-coded, folded, and stacked.
jeans, sweaters, scarves, lingerie are all items that I fold then stack on the shelf. arrange cedar strips or mothballs on your shelves to prevent moths from snacking on your cashmere or wool sweaters. jeans can be folded lengthwise and layered one on top of the other. same for chinos and leather leggings too.
upgrade your hangers.
who else remembers the movie line, “no wire hangers!” well, we don’t have to be quite as obsessed as Joan Crawford, but i would advise upgrading your closet hangers. it’s a simple style trick that will extend the life of your clothes. and it gives uniformity. whether you prefer thin velvet hangers or wood hangers, there is a hanger for you. don’t forget space-saving stackable skirts or pant hangers.
all right, gang! it’s never the most exciting task to tackle your closet. but i hope how to organize your closet in three steps will spur you on. happy organizing! and here are four more posts to help organize your wardrobe: