Curate Your Wardrobe, Love Your Closet

  • By birdie@getorganizedcolumbus.com
  • 18 Apr, 2016
Custom closet
Want to have a closet that you love no matter what the size? Great design is important. But having clothes and accessories that you enjoy wearing is key. Let’s face it, a closet full of things you no longer wear or remember doesn’t serve you. A great closet should have what you love–stored just the way you want […]
Want to have a closet that you love no matter what the size? Great design is important. But having clothes and accessories that you enjoy wearing is key. Let’s face it, a closet full of things you no longer wear or remember doesn’t serve you. A great closet should have what you love–stored just the way you want it.
At Columbus Closets, we can build a closet that can hold anything and everything. But what we really hope is that you have a functional space that displays your things so that you can plan well or dress well on the fly.
There is a lot of great advice for capsule wardrobes or for creating a wardrobe by numbers (picking a number of items and sticking to it). But we find this to be unnecessarily rigid. Professionals often ask, “when is the last time that you wore that?” But really we think this is the wrong question. The real question is “when do plan on wearing it again?” The key term is “planning.” Not sure how to answer that question? Here is our full proof advice.
The first step is to pull out all of your clothes. I recommend grouping like things together first. Go through each pile asking these three questions:
  • Does it fit well?
  • Is it in good condition?
  • Is it the look that you currently like?
Discard anything that doesn’t make the cut.The result is a LIKE pile that will get you ready for the real LOVE test: a wardrobe plan. Planning involves making outfits with the remaining items. As a general rule, you want your items to coordinate with at least 2 other pieces. Do you see items that just don’t pair well or make an outfit you want? Put these in a donate pile (or resale). Now layer in your accessories, shoes and handbags as well to complete the look.
Don’t have faith to part with your things so soon? We recommend putting mismatched items in a box and out of sight. After a couple months, if you still aren’t missing them, you know it is okay to let them go.
You’ve achieved 2 important things during this exercise: becoming fully aware of what you own, and having nothing that you don’t. There is no better organizational freedom than that.
Here are a couple more pieces of wardrobe advice.
-The app Closet is a virtual assistant for your wardrobe. You can take pictures of your things and plan on the go. This is especially helpful when shopping so you won’t bring home items that don’t belong in your planned space! http:// closetapp.com/
-For maximum versatility, stylists recommend 3 tops for each type of bottom (i.e., denim, khaki, linen, etc). So shop for bottoms as foundational pieces and let your tops, jackets etc be the gateway for accessorizing.

Get Organized Columbus

By Tera Harmon 16 Jan, 2018
Ever have that feeling after your home has been cleaned that things still don't seem put away and tidy? Or maybe you get that nagging sense when you walk into a room that things still need a "once over." Even in frequently-cleaned homes, we can feel like there is more to do when our clutter is the first thing that catches our eye in each room. Well the clutter itself may not be the only culprit. Our house habits can help highlight the things we use in a way that is not flattering.  Can you recognize any of these hotspots in your home?
By Tera Harmon 08 Jan, 2018
Photo Credit: Jay Wennington
By Birdie Brennan 04 Dec, 2017
Photo Credit: Kari Shea
By Tera Harmon 27 Nov, 2017
I always look forward to this cooler time of year to review coats and to decide where best to donate them. So many times when we hear about making a donation, we feel pressure to give financially. But giving something once owned and loved can be a fulfilling part of holiday tradition. I especially love involving kids so they can learn the idea of thinking of others at this time of year. Showing our kids how to prepare an item for donation teaches them how to care for others, but it also shows them to consider how their belongings can be useful beyond their own toy box. The act of cleaning up a gently used truck or putting new batteries into a remote control car to donate demonstrates to kids that our items are valuable to others--and that condition matters. This donation ritual is also an important purge ritual before the influx of contents that are about to enter our homes. 
By Tera Harmon 16 Nov, 2017

For even the most novice cooks, between now and the end of the year, many kitchens are about to get a workout. We may be hosting parties, holiday meals, trying a new recipe or two, participating in pot lucks, or baking with friends and family. Would't it be great if everything we need is at our fingertips--clean and functional for when we need it?


So often the tools and items we rely on at this time of year are somewhere in the back of cupboards, sideboards, or stored on basement shelving. I recommend gathering, cleaning, and staging the items you know will be needed in the coming weeks. In last week's post ( https://www.getorganizedcolumbus.com/the-ready-made-pantry ) we talked about a well-stocked pantry for the holiday season; for now, let's focus on the items we will likely need in the kitchen and dining areas.
More Posts

Get Organized Columbus

By Tera Harmon 16 Jan, 2018
Ever have that feeling after your home has been cleaned that things still don't seem put away and tidy? Or maybe you get that nagging sense when you walk into a room that things still need a "once over." Even in frequently-cleaned homes, we can feel like there is more to do when our clutter is the first thing that catches our eye in each room. Well the clutter itself may not be the only culprit. Our house habits can help highlight the things we use in a way that is not flattering.  Can you recognize any of these hotspots in your home?
By Tera Harmon 08 Jan, 2018
Photo Credit: Jay Wennington
By Birdie Brennan 04 Dec, 2017
Photo Credit: Kari Shea
By Tera Harmon 27 Nov, 2017
I always look forward to this cooler time of year to review coats and to decide where best to donate them. So many times when we hear about making a donation, we feel pressure to give financially. But giving something once owned and loved can be a fulfilling part of holiday tradition. I especially love involving kids so they can learn the idea of thinking of others at this time of year. Showing our kids how to prepare an item for donation teaches them how to care for others, but it also shows them to consider how their belongings can be useful beyond their own toy box. The act of cleaning up a gently used truck or putting new batteries into a remote control car to donate demonstrates to kids that our items are valuable to others--and that condition matters. This donation ritual is also an important purge ritual before the influx of contents that are about to enter our homes. 
More Posts
Share by: