A few things happen when the seasons change. For one, I start craving soups, stews, and chili … and perhaps baked goods or two. The second thing that happens is that I start craving a cozy new fall wardrobe – a much more dangerous craving if you ask me.
In all seriousness, the “changing of the closets” is a key step in the summer-to- fall transition. Cleaning out your closet can be frustrating but it can also be a fun, feel-good, and freeing experience. Plus how can you make room for the new without getting rid of the old?
Just follow my simple tips and add closet cleanse to your weekend to-do list.
1. Grab a Friend
I have found that cleaning out your closet is a much more successful (and fun) experience when you do it with a friend or a trained professional. Having another person acting as a second opinion/ voice of reason will help you part with those questionable items.
2. Sort It Out
Make space for five different piles: donate, trash, mend, consign, and store. I know, that’s a lot of piles but trust me, they are all necessary.
Donation pieces are in good condition and can be given to the charity of your choice or to your friends. Trash is just that, trash! Dirty, ripped, and stained pieces need to hit the circular file. Things that need to be altered need to be placed in a separate area and then taken immediately to the tailor. If you own fancier items then consigning is a great way to recoup some cash. And finally, if closet space is at a minimum, store your summer wardrobe.
Once your piles are set go through each garment one-by-one and start chucking.
3. Get Organized
Now that your closet/ bedroom looks like a total disaster (piles of clothes will be everywhere) it’s time to get organized. The easiest and most effective way to make your closet look more organized is by getting uniform hangers. Slimline Hangers will become your new best friend. Purchase them all in one color (black or tan) and toss out all other hangers.
Once everything is hung, merchandise your closet as if it were a store. This will make getting ready in the morning a whole lot easier. Display your accessories, shoes, and bags. I don’t know about you but if I can't see it, I don't wear it.
That wasn’t so bad now was it? Now sit back with a hot cup of tea, your laptop (for online shopping, of course) and admire your handiwork.
Lauren Messiah, is a Los Angeles based stylist and the creator of LaurenMessiah.com, a blog about designer deals, the hottest trends, and Lauren’s life as a fashion stylist.Lauren styles some of Hollywood’s most successful women in entertainment, celebrities, fashion editorials, and national ad campaigns. Lauren has been featured in Marie Claire, Vogue Italia, Grazia, WWD, OK! Magazine and Health Magazine.