Wardrobe Closet Correction

  • By birdie@getorganizedcolumbus.com
  • 26 Feb, 2016
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If your wardrobe closet is bursting at the seams, then you are likely suffering from Chronic Closet Fatigue. Even with the terrific closet solutions we can build, getting in and getting things out of the closet is a tiresome chore for some. Of course, reviewing your clothing and purging what you don’t wear is the […] 
If your wardrobe closet is bursting at the seams, then you are likely suffering from Chronic Closet Fatigue . Even with the terrific closet solutions we can build, getting in and getting things out of the closet is a tiresome chore for some. Of course, reviewing your clothing and purging what you don’t wear is the obvious cure for the overstuffed wardrobe. But if an overstuffed closet is a chronic condition, there are things you can do beyond purging to be organized from the inside out.

1. Take a different approach to shopping. This includes shopping in stores and shopping online. Take a moment to consider how many times you have been to the mall or your favorite clothing store this month? How many purchases were made online? Do you shop for fun? Do you like to spend time browsing through stores? Although you may consider this an enjoyable pastime, this passive shopping style may be contributing to an overgrown closet. Instead, consider changing your shopping habits. First, cut down the amount of time you spend in clothing stores to no more than twice a month. Second, go to stores with a purpose and a plan such as, to replace a worn pair of shoes or to get an outfit for an upcoming event. Shopping with a purpose and at only certain times of the month will help combat mindless purchases from passive shopping.

2. Understand your personal style. Do you have a go-to outfit or outfits that look great every time? Without referencing a catalog, can you describe your ideal look? Do you know your color palette? Understanding how you like to dress and what you like to wear helps to cut down on trend purchases that aren’t right for you.

3. Do you suffer from discount-itis? Did you score a one-of-a kind find for a really great deal–that doesn’t look right with anything you have? This tends to happen when we shop sales and clearance items or are lured in by discount coupons. Shopping for deals rather than for items we needtends to create closet build up. We recommend reviewing your closets, and make outfits. Anything that can’t be paired should be removed.
4. Passing the fit test. Whether it is a jacket that is too tight across the shoulders, or a blouse that gaps at the buttons, clothing that feels awkward steals space and rarely gets used. So give it the comfy test and chuck it if it doesn’t pass.

5. Minimize to accessorize. Clothing accessories are often the most difficult items to store. And when we have too many belts and scarves, they aren’t likely to make it into rotation. Simplifying your accessory regimen is the best way to ensure that accessories will be worn. Pair together the accessories with your favorite outfits……these are your keepers.

6. Recognize that material has a shelf life and expiration date. Over time, materials begin to pill, fade, weaken, dull. If your knits look over laundered or your whites look not so white, the material just isn’t holding up. If it doesn’t look that great on a hanger, it won’t look that good on you. And this goes double for socks and undergarments.

7. Avoid keeping clothing until it “comes back into style again.” This is a myth. Old clothing generally looks…well, old.

8. Hanging clothing according to color helps us see if we are repeating purchases of the same color family. We tend to like certain shades and repeat the purchases. For a versatile wardrobe, keep your colors varied and recognize when you are over-indexing on a certain color.

9. Loving the clothing you own is an important mindset for reducing our desire to accumulate more. We tend to head to the stores when we become frustrated or disengaged with what is in our closet. Making smart purchases and feeling satisfied is the best deterrent for an overstuffed closet.

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