Whether you are preparing for a big move or perfectly content at the moment, your closet deserves a detox. We go through life rushing too many moments. The most rushed moment, in particular, is the process of getting ready in the morning. Therefore, our closets and vanities become total chaos. Just like your body, you have to detox your living area every now and then. I am documenting my process of moving out so that you can find inspiration to organize your life with me.
First Step: Declutter
Ask yourself a few questions in order to declutter.
- Have I worn it in the last year?
- Do I feel good when I wear it?
- Is it good quality? If so, it might be a timeless piece.
- Does it go with at least three other things in my wardrobe?
- (Visualize) If I got rid of it, would I find myself regretting it later on?
Second Step: Organize
Now that all of the drab is washed away, it is time to organize. Start by separating your clothes into sections. Keep your tops together, shorts, skirts — you get the gist. Next, organize these by colors. I go from white and work my way down the color wheel to black. This will cut your dressing time in half now that you know exactly where everything is.
Third Step: Note Your Essentials
Now that you know your closet on a personal level, you know exactly what you like. Maybe your go-to is a comfy v-neck tee (@me). Now you know it’s okay to splurge on things like that when you go shopping. And you are also aware of the items you don’t wear often and should stray away from buying.
Fourth Step: Evaluate Before You Shop
The biggest debate is: quantity vs. quality. Is it better to buy 5 shirts at Forever 21 for the price of one at Free People? Is sale shopping killing you inside?
If you are reading this, you are more than likely “adulting” at the moment. Therefore, it is time to start investing in good, quality pieces that can be re-worn many ways. Stores like Forever 21 and H&M are great places to snatch of trendy items. But only trendy. If an item is timeless, it will be worth the investment and you will most likely wear it out. Tip: When sale shopping, ask yourself, “Would I buy this sale item at full price?”
Fifth Step: Don’t Forget About Accessories
An accessory can make or break an outfit. I am a firm believer in that. Sometimes your plain tee and jean combo is just a little too simple. A cool masculine inspired necklace or colored pump can totally amp it up. After I turned 18, I stopped buying cheap jewelry. Eighteen is when you are officially considered an adult and therefore you should be building for the future. You can’t build up your wardrobe with cheap, rusty jewelry.